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KAZAKHSTAN – New Visa Waiver Program Covers 26 More Countries and Longer Stays [UPDATED]

[UPDATE] The number of additional countries whose nationals can enter Kazakhstan visa-free was increased from 20 to 26 before this measure took effect on 1 January 2017. The six countries added to the visa-free extension are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Malta and Romania. The total number of visa-free countries is therefore now 45 (rather than 39, as originally announced).

Effective 1 January 2017, nationals of 45 countries (up from 19) will be able to enter, leave and transit through Kazakhstan without a visa, and stay for up to 30 days (up from 15 days), for business, tourism or private trips.

Who Does This Apply To?

The visa waiver will be extended to nationals of Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey.

Currently, the visa waiver applies to nationals of only 19 countries: Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Note that nationals of these 39 countries travelling to Kazakhstan for work purposes will still require work visas.

Action Items

  • Note the upcoming extended visa waiver regime effective, which applies to business, tourist and private trips by nationals of 39 countries for up to 30 days.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Intermark Relocation.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.