Qazaqstan has suspended visa-free entry for foreigners

The government has decreed the suspension of the visa-free regime in Kazakhstan until November 1, 2020, for entry and departure from Kazakhstan. Documents are published on the website of the Prime Minister.

The decision was made in accordance with the provisions of Article 46 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated April 6, 2016 “On Legal Acts”.

“Suspend, until November 1, 2020 the validity of paragraph 17 of the Rules of entry and stay of immigrants in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as their departure from the Republic of Kazakhstan, approved by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated January 21, 2012 No. 148.

According to paragraph 17 of the rules, citizens of the following countries could enter and leave Kazakhstan without visas if their stay in the country did not exceed 30 calendar days from the moment of crossing the state border: Australia, USA, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, UAE, Vatican, Vietnam Germany, Greece, Denmark, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Indonesia, Italy, Canada, Qatar, Cyprus, Colombia, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malaysia, Malta , Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the Philippines, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Chile, Switzerland, Sweden and Estonia.

Also, amendments were made to paragraph 26-1, according to which a 72-hour visa-free regime of entry, stay and departure from the Republic was valid for citizens of China and India, who transit through the international airports of Nur Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent, Aktau, Karaganda and Taraz Kazakhstan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is instructed through diplomatic channels to send a notification to the states indicated in the Rules.

The decision began on April 17th.

Important note: There were cancelled only unilateral agreements. At the same time some countries have still valid bilaterial agreements as: Georgia, Armenia, Belorussia, Kirghizia, Moldova, Russia, Mongolia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Tadjikistan, Uzbekistan. Situation by some countries is to be clarified embassies prior to travel: Serbia, Turkey, UAE, South Korea, Hong Kong.

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