Kazakhstan has a diverse set of visa rules for people of different nations: visa-free, 1 month visa, 2 month visa, 3 month visa, 5 year visa, visa only with a letter of invitation. Which one is for you? Read on.
Important: when entering the country over land or sea and staying longer than 5 days, you need to register within 5 days at the Migration Police. Since April 2016, a new law has come into effect for visa-free travelers: they do not need to register anymore.
Visa-free info is partly copied from Wikipedia, which is equally up-to-date on the visa-free matter (thank you, CrazyDre!) and actually links back to us, but has a nicer lay-out than I managed. All other visa info below is ours.
Visa is not required for citizens of following 18 countries/territories:
1 – up to 90 days
2 – up to 30 days
3 – up to 30 days per 180-day period
4 – up to 30 days per year
5 – up to 14 days
A visa-free agreement was signed with Cuba in December 2015.
No-visa pilot program until December 31st, 2017
Currently citizens of the following countries do not require a visa for stays up to 15 days as part of a no-visa pilot program for countries with the highest investment in Kazakhstan economy. The program was initially started on 15 July 2014 providing unilateral visa free access to 10 countries and in July 2015 it was further extended to a total of 19 countries. These countries are:
In October 2016 it was announced that from 1 January 2017 visa exemption would be extended to 30 days and the following countries would be added to the list:
There are also plans to expand the list with Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania, Malta and Romania.
Updates and questions can be posted in this forum topic.
Visa runs: You can enter and re-enter visa-free as many times as you like. It is best to enter the next day, rather than the same day, to avoid trouble with the border guards, but it is possible to re-enter the same day. Every time you re-enter, you get a fresh 15 days. You can keep doing this for months.
Passport validity: For visa-free entry, your passport only needs to be valid for the period of your stay. If you are coming with a visa, your passport needs to be valid until the standard 6 months after the end of your stay.
Visa support and LOI (letter of invitation)
For a 1 month tourist visa, no letter of invitation is needed if you are a national of one of 47 countries with easy visa procedure (see countries list at the bottom of the article).
If you are not a national of one of these countries, or you want a different type of visa, you will need a letter of invitation (LOI) from a Kazakh tour operator.
You can contact a reliable travel agent based in Kazakhstan directly through our contact form to get started immediately with your visa support.
Overstaying your visa
Is not recommended. Before you could still get away with a 100$ fine, or talk your way out of it. Now, in a drive to attract tourists and investors, the punishment for overstaying your visa is 5000$ fine or 20 days jail time. This goes for every infraction. 1 day late? 20 days in jail! Minors are exempt from the rule though.
Is not possible unless in case of emergency.
- Business visa Kazakhstan
- Kazakhstan border zone permit
- Kazakhstan private visa
- Kazakhstan visa support (Letter of Invitation)
- Permanent residence Kazakhstan
- Registration in Kazakhstan and OVIR offices
- Transit visa Kazakhstan
- Work permit Kazakhstan
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