Kazakhstan to ease visa regulations in 2017

Hey readers, have you ever thought about visiting Kazakhstan but felt deterred by unknown visa regulations? Visiting Kazakhstan is about to become easier than ever!

Starting January 2017, tourists from 45 countries will enjoy a visa-free entry to Kazakhstan for up to 30 days. These include citizens of OECD and EU states, as well as UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, and Monaco. It is noted that currently citizens of only 19 countries can enter Kazakhstan without a visa.

The move is part of a broader initiative to streamline the visa process as Kazakhstan prepares to host Expo-2017 and Winter Universiade in 2017. Starting January, the number of visa types will be decreased from 14 to three: A type for diplomats, officials and investors, B type for short-term visitors and C for long-term visitors. Additionally, application processes will become simpler for families of foreign diplomats stationed in Kazakhstan, students and individuals working for the Astana International Financial Centre, among others.

Kazakhstan aims to create favorable conditions for foreign visitors and to attract investors, according to Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov. The new regulations “will open up additional opportunities to the business community for cooperation with the outside world and facilitate international contacts in different spheres,” the minister said on December 20.

Last but not least, the Ministry of Internal Affairs will replace the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in registering entry invitations from foreign businesses and individuals. “This will result a significant liberation of the process of preparing invitations, as it will be carried out not only in Astana and Almaty, but also in all regional centers of the migration police units,” Idrissov said.

To learn more, visit the Kazakhstan embassy website in your country and start packing your bags!

Sources: The Astana Times, akipress