Kazakhstan corona travel restrictions Q&A

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itfcfan
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Kazakhstan corona travel restrictions Q&A

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I haven't seen anything official yet, but Air Astana have updated their "Visa Free Travel to Kazakhstan" page to say the suspension now applies until 31st December 2021 (from the previous 1st May 2021):
https://airastana.com/global/en-us/Info ... Kazakhstan

If this is true, it looks like Kazakhstan is not following Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in starting to re-open to foreign tourists.

For reference, the official status (in Russian) can be found here (still showing 1st May 2021 for now):
http://adilet.zan.kz/rus/docs/P1200000148
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I saw this when I was looking for flight yesterday. A bit disappointing... I was hoping for good news tomorrow and a miraculous visa-free border opening. Here’s hoping it’s sooner than that!
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Re: Kazakhstan corona travel restrictions Q&A

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Interestingly, the legal text was updated yesterday (shown in the footer of the webpage) removing the suspension notice (rather than updating the date from 1st May to 31st December):
https://web.archive.org/web/20210501090 ... 1200000148

On previous occasions the suspension has been published in KZ state press (e.g. inform.kz) but nothing I can see yet.

Given Air Astana works closely with the KZ government it's likely this is just a delay in publishing the updated regulations. But still a small hope that something could change!
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I've now seen that several KZ embassies have posted updates confirming visa waiver suspension until 31st December 2021:
https://www.gov.kz/memleket/entities/mf ... entId=5617

Since the pandemic started KZ has restricted issuing visas - in most cases requiring people have either work or close family links to KZ. It's possible KZ may relax this policy before they (hopefully) return to having visa waivers in place.
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