Kazakhstan Visa and Support
Foreigners need visa to enter Kazakhstan, unless their country is in the visa-free list. In general, you might have one of the following three:
- Visa-free entry;
- Visa upon arrival;
- Visa at the Embassy.
Another important issue is registration at the immigration police upon arrival in Kazakhstan. Depending on your citizenship one of the following three rules are applicable:
- Registration should be obtained within 5 days of arrival;
- After 30 days of stay;
- Registration is not required, two stamps are put upon arrival.
The following paragraphs provide detailed insight into Kazakhstan visa and registration issues.
Visa-Free Travel to Kazakhstan during the COVID-19 Pandemic
In February 2022, Kazakhstan’s Covid entry requirements were modified to allow citizens of more than 70 nations to travel to Kazakhstan without a visa. The list of nations eligible for visa-free travel to Kazakhstan during the COVID-19 pandemic was drawn up by a specially formed Interdepartmental Commission (IMC). Read on to learn if you can travel to Kazakhstan in 2022 without a visa.
According to current Kazakhstan travel requirements, the previously introduced MVK entry permit is no longer required for citizens of the following countries, who under a unilateral agreement no longer need a visa in order to enter Kazakhstan:
Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, USA, Vatican City and Vietnam.
Under a bilateral agreement, visa-free travel to Kazakhstan during the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended to citizens of Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Ecuador, Georgia, Hong Kong, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Note: Permission from Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs is still required if citizens of the countries listed above enter Kazakhstan by land instead of air. It takes about 10 business days to obtain a permit.
The 72-hour visa-free regime is still suspended for citizens of China and India who transit through the international airports in Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent, Aktau, Karaganda and Taraz.
Additionally, regular flights have resumed between Kazakhstan and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Visa-free Entry before the COVID-19 Pandemic
Citizens of the following countries, who are eligible visa free entry to Kazakhstan, are divided into two: those who do not need registration of stay upon arrival and those who should hurry up to get it resolved within 5 days of entering the country.
Visa-free and no registration (please make sure, you have received two stamps on the immigration card upon arrival):
Austria: up to 30 days
Bahrain: 30 days
Belarus: up to 90 days **
Belgium: up to 30 days
Brazil: up to 30 days *
Bulgaria: up to 30 days
Canada: up to 30 days
Chile: up to 30 days.
Colombia: 30 days
Croatia: up to 30 days
Cyprus: up to 30 days
Czech Republic: up to 30 days
Denmark: up to 30 days
Estonia: up to 30 days
Finland: up to 30 days
France: up to 30 days
Germany: up to 30 days
Great Britain: up to 30 days
Greece: up to 30 days
Hungary: up to 30 days
Indonesia: 30 days
Ireland: up to 30 days
Israel: up to 30 days
Italy: up to 30 days
Japan: up to 30 days
Kuwait: 30 days
Latvia: up to 30 days
Liechtenstein: 30 days
Lithuania: up to 30 days
Luxembourg: up to 30 days
Malaysia: up to 30 days
Malta: up to 30 days
Mexico: up to 30 days
Monaco: up to 30 days
Netherlands: up to 30 days
New Zealand: up to 30 days
Norway: up to 30 days
Oman: 30 days
Philippines: 30 days
Poland: up to 30 days
Qatar: 30 days
Romania: up to 30 days
Russia: up to 90 days **
Saudi Arabia: 30 days
Singapore: up to 30 days
Slovakia: up to 30 days
Slovenia: up to 30 days
South Korea: up to 30 days
Spain: up to 30 days
Sweden: up to 30 days
Switzerland: up to 30 days
Thailand: 30 days
Turkey: up to 30 days
UAE: up to 30 days
Ukraine: up to 90 days
USA: up to 30 days
Vatican: 30 days
Vietnam: 30 days
Visa-free and registration within 5 days upon arrival:
Argentina: up to 30 days *
Armenia: up to 90 days
Hong Kong (PRC): up to 14 days
Kyrgyzstan: up to 90 days
Moldova: up to 90 days
Mongolia: up to 90 days
Tajikistan: up to 30 days
Uzbekistan: up to 30 days
* Multiple entry, but cumulative duration of no more than 30 days in any 365-day period.
** Registration of stay at the immigration police is required after 30 days of arrival.
An e-visa is suitable for foreign citizens who enter or leave Kazakhstan through the international airports of Almaty and Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana). An e-visa for Kazakhstan is valid only for the individual visa recipient and does not apply to any persons (such as children) accompanying him/her.
Citizens of the following countries and territories can apply for single-entry tourist e-visas for Kazakhstan:
Antigua and Barbuda
Central African Republic
China, People’s Republic of
Congo, Republic of the
Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of
Micronesia, Federated States of
Papua New Guinea
São Tomé and Principe
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Citizens of the following countries and territories can apply for single-entry business or medical treatment e-visas:
Visa and Visa Support
If your country is not in the visa free list, you need to apply for it at the Embassies and Consulates of Kazakhstan. In order to apply for visa, firstly, you need to obtain LOI (Letter of Invitation a.k.a Visa support) from a travel agency. Visa support procedure takes two weeks. After, you will apply for visa at the nearest Kazakh embassy. Click here to read more about Visa support .
Documents Required for the Kazakhstan Visa:
- Copy of the first two pages of their passport a valid passport (or international travel document)
- A copy of their Kazakhstan visa support (invitation letter) with a notification of their visa support number by the DCS of the MFA (or the original individual invitation issued by the Police)
- the completed visa application form (pdf) and
- 1 passport-size photo;
- Fee, payable on collection of visa
- For 5 days transit visas, the visa of the destination country and onward ticket (or a reservation) are required.
- Hotel booking confirmation
- International flight booking confirmation.
The passport should not expire earlier than six months after the validity term of the requested visa. Other necessary documents will be determined by the consul at the time of application.
Visas are issued within 7 calendar days from the day of presenting all documents. Documents are accepted with a visa support letter from the Diplomatic-consular service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Where to apply for Kazakhstan Visa?
You can apply for the Kazakhstan visa outside of Kazakhstan where Kazakhstan Embassy or Consulate exist.
Types of Kazakhstan Visa:
- Diplomatic Kazakhstan visa - А1, А2, А3: issued to holders of diplomatic passports and in some instances, when the issue of a diplomatic visa has been recognized expedient. Diplomatic visas are registered without levy of consular fees.
- Official Kazakhstan visa - B1, B2, B3: issued to personnel of foreign diplomatic and other representations and international organizations, who are not considered diplomatic personnel, and also to foreign citizens and persons without citizenship traveling on business, invited by government bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
- Investor Kazakhstan visa - С1, С2: issued to genuine investors - managers and representatives of managerial staff of major foreign companies, operating on the Kazakhstani market or who have genuine plans to develop business projects.
- Work visas - M1, M2, M3, M4, M5: issued upon provision of a permission for foreign labor recruitment and other documents, unless stated otherwise by an international treaty or agreement of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
- Business Kazakhstan visa - D1, D2, D3, D4, D5, D6, D7, D8: issued to foreign citizens and persons without citizenship traveling to Kazakhstan for business (to attend business negotiations, forums, market research, etc.) upon application of non-governmental legal entities, registered on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
- Tourist Kazakhstan visa - F1: issued upon approval of a local travel agency's application, licenses to operate as such.
- Study visa - L1, L2: issued with permission of the immigration police upon application of educational institutions.
- Visas for medical treatment - G1, G2, G3, G4: issued to foreigners and persons without citizenship traveling to Kazakhstan for treatment, medical checks, consultations and similar reasons upon application of the relevant institutions and organizations confirming the character of the invitation.
- Visas for permanent residence - J1, J2, J3: issued upon provision of documents stipulated by the legislation.
- Transit Kazakhstan visa - H1: issued upon provision of a visa valid to enter the country of destination and relevant tickets with confirmation of departure date from the transfer point on the territory of Kazakhstan, no later than 5 days from the moment of arrival to the port or station in Kazakhstan.