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Kazakhstan temporarily suspended its unilateral visa-free regime (COVID-19 update)

In accordance with the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated October 30, 2020. in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kazakhstan, the government of Kazakhstan has temporarily suspended its unilateral visa-free regime for citizens of 57 states*, including the Netherlands, until 1 May 2021.

The 72-hour visa-free regime has also been suspended for Chinese and Indian nationals who transit through the international airports of Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent, Aktau, Karaganda and Taraz until 1 January 2021.

Dutch citizens seeking entry or reentry to Kazakhstan prior to May 1, 2020 will require a valid visa at the Consular Section of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the Hague.

All Kazakh visas will be issued in accordance with the current rules of issuing visas of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Please note that citizens of 57 countries, including the Netherlands, have the right to obtain a single-entry visa to Kazakhstan without a formal letter of invitation (visa support) in the following categories:
- Service (A3) - duration of stay 90 days
- Business (B1) - duration of stay 60 days
- Business (B3) - duration of stay 30 days
- Private (B10) - duration of stay 90 days
- Tourist (B12) - duration of stay 30 days.

For all other visa categories, citizens of the above countries will need to provide a formal letter of invitation (visa support) issued via the Immigration Agency in the Republic of Kazakhstan, with the exceptions specified in the Rules of Issuing Visas of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Attention! As of 8 December 2020 00:00 hrs., all passengers arriving to Kazakhstan from foreign countries will need to submit to a temperature check, fill out a health questionnaire and will be required to provide a PCR test certificate (with the exception of Government delegations of the Republic of Kazakhstan and airline crews) documenting their negative status for COVID-19 (no more than 72 hours should pass from the moment of taking the test till the moment of crossing the border of the Republic of Kazakhstan). PCR test is not required for children below 5 years of age if the accompanying persons have the certificate.

Without the PCR certificate:

  • foreign citizens, as well as Kazakhstan residence permit holders, will not be allowed on board at the departure airport;
  • citizens of Kazakhstan will be quarantined for up to 3 days at the designated facility/hospital for PCR testing upon their arrival to Kazakhstan.

* PCR test Certificates received at any certified laboratories will be accepted, both in paper and digital versions.

 

Visa regime of the Republic of Kazakhstan for foreign citizens

Update on travel restrictions to Kazakhstan 

In accordance with the decisions of the interdepartmental commission for the prevention of coronavirus, recommendations of the Kazakh Healthcare Ministry and the level of the epidemiological threat according to the World Health Organization map, starting from Aug. 17, international flights gradually resumed to Turkey, S.Korea, the UAE, Belarus, Germany, the Netherlands, Egypt, Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia.

Attention! Only the citizens of the countries with which Kazakhstan resumed direct air communication can enter the territory of Kazakhstan during the period of the quarantine restrictions, in addition to those who have permission granted by the Inter-Governmental Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan (in the latter case, the foreign citizen must provide an excerpt of the protocol of the Inter-Governmental Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which s/he can request from the inviting organization).

Attention! Сitizens of the countries with which Kazakhstan resumed direct air communication (including Dutch citizens) can enter the territory of Kazakhstan via third countries (appropriate visa required before 1 May 2021)

Attention! As of 10 November 2020 the following categories of foreigners are allowed to enter the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan not more than once in 90 days:

  • foreigners (stateless persons) holders of residence permits (or the status of an oralman) in the Republic of Kazakhstan and their family members (spouse, their children);
  • foreigners (stateless persons) who are family members of citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan - subject to confirmation of family ties (spouse, their parents and children) and their minor children.

Border Service of the NSC of the Republic of Kazakhstan hotline: +7 (7172) 719-596

Procedure for Crossing the State Border of the Republic of Kazakhstan from May 11, 2020 During Quarantine Restrictions

57 countries of visa waiver: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, 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, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican, Vietnam.

Attention! Starting from December 21, 2020, Turkey has temporarily suspended flights with the Netherlands. Please take this information into account when planning your trip to Kazakhstan.

Дата публикации
26 августа 2020
Дата обновления
21 декабря 2020
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