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.
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.
All visa-free regimes are valid at both land borders, sea ports and airports.
Citizens of the following countries and territories can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 90 days (unless otherwise noted):
1 – up to 90 days within 180 day period
2 – up to 30 days
3 – up to 30 days, for a maximum total stay of 60 days within any 180 day period
4 – up to 30 days within 180 day period
5 – up to 30 days within year period
6 – up to 14 days
A visa-free agreement was signed with Cuba in December 2015. It is yet to be ratified.
30 days visa-free
From January 1st, 2017, citizens of the following countries do not require a visa for stays of up to 30 days.
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 30 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)
If you are not able to visit visa-free, you will need to get a tourist visa at a Kazakh embassy. For a 1 month tourist visa, no letter of invitation is needed for nationals of Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
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.
Kazakhstan single entry visa (30 days)
If you are not able to visit visa-free, you will need to get a tourist visa at a Kazakh embassy. A Kazakh visa used to be date-specific, meaning it starts at the date you specify on your Kazakhstan visa application form, not when you enter the country. Now, things have changed. Tourist visas now have a 90-day time frame within which you can use your 30 days in-country (or 2×30 days). The 90 days start from the date you fill in on the form, not the date you receive the visa.
No letter of invitation is needed if you carry a passport of Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. If you are not a national of one of these countries, you will need a letter of invitation (LOI).
The cost for a 1-month Kazakhstan tourist visa is around 35$, processing time 2-7 days.
Kazakhstan double entry visa (60 days)
A 2-month Kazakhstan multiple entry visa for tourists is only issued to nationals of Brazil, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In principle, visa-free nationals can also get one, but it is easier for them to go for a visa run across the border.
Cost is around 60$, processing time 3-7 days. Total duration of the visa is 90 days, and 2 entries are allowed. Duration of the stay cannot be more than 30 days on each entry, at which point you have to get out of the country, for however brief, before you can re-enter. No letter of invitation is required.
Kazakhstan triple entry visa (90 days)
A 3-month Kazakhstan multiple entry visa for tourists is only issued to nationals of Brazil, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In principle, visa-free nationals can also get one, but it is easier for them to go for a visa run across the border.
Cost is around 60$, processing time 3-7 days. Total duration of the visa is 90 days, and 3 entries are allowed. Duration of the stay cannot be more than 30 days on each entry (see above). When applying for your visa, you will need to show a letter of invitation.
Kazakhstan visa on arrival
Pre-arranged visas for a stay of up to 1 month can be obtained on arrival for nationals arriving from a country without a Kazakh diplomatic mission. The fee is approximately US$80, and they must hold an invitation letter. The visa on arrival is available at the airports of Aqtau, Almaty, Astana, Atyrau and Oral.
The Kazakhstan visa on arrival is valid for 1 month and does not require additional registration with the Migration Police (OVIR) IF you get the two stamps at the border control (see registration chapter). Best to try and get them anyway.
You will in any case need a special letter of invitation for visa on arrival from a tourist agency. This can only be issued 1 month in advance and is quite pricey. It is not possible to get a Kazakhstan visa on arrival at a land border, nor at Aqtau sea port.
The transfer desk works Monday-Saturday during office hours. If you arrive outside of these times, you will have to wait. If that takes more than half an hour, you will be questioned by the police and possibly be detained.
If the transfer desk is open, you can show your letter of invitation, pay 80$ and receive your visa on the spot.
Registration in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan visa requirements
- a valid passport with expiry date 6 months after the end of your stay in Kazakhstan and 2 empty pages
- a copy of Kazakhstan LOI (if you need one)
- the completed visa application form
- 1 passport-size photo
- Money to pay for the visa
A new rule in 2017 says you can only apply at the embassy where your residence is. Most embassies seem to follow this rule, but are willing to make exceptions if you do not have an embassy in your home country.
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
We have had 2 reports since January 2017, in Baku and Kuala Lumpur, that only people with residence permit can apply. In Tbilisi it is still possible without residence permit, but for an extortionate 200$.
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