Rules for obtaining visa of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Foreign citizens and those without citizenship need to obtain a visa for entrance to the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan (RK), if otherwise is not regulated by the international agreements of the RK.

The visa of the RK is glued in the passport or other acceptable document by the RK document, proving the identity, and valid for passage (passport  should expire  in 6  months  after the end of term of kazakhstani visa), and gives the right to enter and stay in the RK, as well as to leave it or cross the territory of the RK by transit.

1. The basis for issuing visa of the Republic of Kazakhstan and prolongation of visa  are applications of international organizations, foreign countries' representations as well as the state organizations of the RK to the Department of Consular Service (DCS) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of  Kazakhstan (MFA) in Astana or its representation in the city of Almaty.

Non-state organizations inviting foreign citizens as tourists and with business purposes need to submit written    applications  to the DCS of the   MFA  after    issuance of permit of   local subdivisions of migration police service of the regional level (as for the residents of Astana and Almaty cities — migration police of the Ministry of internal affairs departments in   Astana and Almaty cities).

For invitation of the citizens of Australia, Austria, Andorra, Argentine, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Vatican, the Great Britain, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Israel, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Cyprus, the Republic of Korea, Costa-Rika, Cube, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San-Marine, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, the USA, Turkey, Uruguay, Czechia, Chili, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, France, BRD, Estonia, South African Republic  (SAR), Jamaica, Japan with business or tourist purposes a permit from the internal affairs bodies, is not required,  i.e. that invitations of host organizations should be submitted directly to the DCS of the MFA (Astana or Almaty).

For foreign citizens arriving to the Republic of  Kazakhstan on personal matters, the  permit  to enter Kazakhstan  should be processed   by the internal affairs bodies (police) of the RK.

2. For obtaining visa of the RK foreign citizens should apply to a diplomatic/consular institution of the RK in the country of residence submitting valid passport (or international travel document), a copy of invitation letter with a notification of a number of visa support of the DCS of the MFA (or original of an individual invitation issued by the Police), filled visa application (please, download) and photo. Validity of passport should not expire earlier than three months after expiration of the validity term of the requested visa. The necessity of other documents provision is to be determined by the consul on the spot.

3. For foreign citizens arriving to the RK together with spouses, children or parents — citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan, visa can be  issued on the basis of    applications  of the named relatives, for the term of one month, but not more than twice a year (this restriction could not be related to under age foreign citizens, traveling together with parents — who are citizens of the RK).

4. In case of sickness or death of close relatives,  issuance  of  visa is allowed on the basis of relevant international telegram from the RK, attested by a doctor.

5. For foreign citizens — emigrants from the Republic of Kazakhstan   private visas can be issued for the term of not more than three months to visit native places and graves of relatives on the basis of their own appeals (without  requests of tourist companies') and confirming documents such as relevant column in a passport,   certificate of  birth  in the RK or copies of document on burial of a close relative in the RK, or certificate of transfer out of citizenship of the RK.

6. With the purpose of further liberalization of the order of visiting historical native land, private visa can be issued twice a year for the term of three months on the basis of their own applications.

In order to get single entry official, private, tourist, business visa in the Embasies of Kazakhstan foreign citizens mentioned in para 3, 4, 5 and 6 as well as nationals of the following countries do not need letter of visa invitation (visa support) : — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Monako, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Singapore, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, France, Republic of Korea.

7. Diplomatic visas are issued to the 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.

8. Official visas are issued to personnel of foreign diplomatic and other representations and international organizations, who are not referred to the diplomatic category, and also to foreign citizens and persons without citizenship traveling on business matter, invited by state legal bodies of the RK.

9. Investor visas are issued to real investors — managers and representatives of managerial staff of major foreign companies, operating on the Kazakhstani market or who have real plans to develop business projects.

10. For issuance of "work" visa in  addition to other documents, it is necessary to provide  a permission for foreign labor recruitment, if otherwise is not regulated by an international treaty or the RK agreement.

11. Business visa is issued to foreign citizens and persons without citizenship traveling to the RK with business purposes (for participation in business negotiations, different forums, market research, etc.) on the basis of applications of non-state legal entities, registered on the territory of the RK.

12. For issuance of tourist visa it is necessary to obtain approval on admission of the tourist organization of the RK, which should have a license granting a right to implement a tourist activity.

For citizens of the countries indicated in the item 2, tourist visa can be issued in consular posts of the MFA in the airports of Astana, Almaty, Atyrau, Uralsk and Ust-Kamenogorsk on the basis of applications of tourist organizations to the DCS of the RK MFA.

13. Study visa is   issued with permission  of internal affairs bodies  (migration police) on the basis of petitions of educational institutions.

14. Visa for medical treatment is issued to foreigners and persons without citizenship traveling to Kazakhstan for treatment, medical check, consultations and other similar purposes on the issues of petitions of the relevant institutions and organizations confirming the character of the invitation.

15. Visa for permanent residence is issued    on the basis of necessary documents  processed  in the order stipulated by the legislation.

16. Transit visa of the RK  is issued on the basis  of documents (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, not later than 5 days from the moment of arrival to the port or station located in the territory of the RK.

Prolongation of visa is made  by institutions of the DCS of the  MFA and  migration police of regions and the Astana and Almaty cities.

In  case of obtaining visa in another place, then  it was   indicated in visa support  due to various  circumstances, visa is issued by  diplomatic or consular mission of  Kazakhstan in the place, where foreign citizen applied.

17 Registration of foreign citizens.

Registration of foreign citizens  at the Police should be done within 5 days after their arrival into Kazakhstan.   This is also to inform, that the Rule on registration of foreigners  now is amended.

Nationals of the following countries  — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Monako, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Singapore, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, France and  Republic of  Korea  can  get  registration, while receiving their visas at the Kazakhstan Consulates abroad, or can get registration while crossing border checkpoints  at 12 international airports of Kazakhstan.      After getting registration at Consulate abroad  or at border checkpoint at 12 international airports of Kazakhstan  there is no need to apply to Police for registration.

As from 01.01.2006,  citizens of all countries  arriving through 12 international airports of Kazakhstan, international rail station «Dostyk»,  through automobile border checkpoints Khorgos, Dostyk, Bakhty, Maikapshagai, Kordai, Kolghat and at  sea ports Aktau, Bautino   can  also  get registration at the border.  If a foreigner does not get registration at above border checkpoints, it is also possible to obtain it at the local police.

Registration is done free of charge.
The list of economically developed and politically stable states,

which citizens are released from necessity of the obligatory

presentations of the invitation and instructions Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RK to issue single diplomatic, service, business, private and

tourist visas of Republic Kazakhstan

1. Commonwealth of Australia

2. Republic of Austria

3. Kingdom of Belgium

4. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

5. Hellenic Republic

6. Kingdom of Denmark

7. Ireland

8. Republic of Iceland

9. Kingdom of Spain

10. Italian Republic

11. Canada

12. Principality of Liechtenstein

13. Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

14. Malaysia

15. Principality of Monaco

16. Kingdom of the Netherlands

17. New Zealand

18. Kingdom of Norway

19. Portuguese Republic

20. Republic of Singapore

21. United States of America

22. Republic of Finland

23. French Republic

24. Federal Republic of Germany

25. Swiss Confederation

26. Kingdom of Sweden

27. State of Japan

29. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

30. Slovak Republic

31. Republic of Hungary

32. Republic of Poland

33. United Arab Emirates

34. State of Israel

35. Republic of Croatia

36. Czech Republic

37. Romania

38. Republic of Bulgaria

39. Republic of Cyprus

40. Republic of Malta

41. Republic of Slovenia

42. Republic of Lithuania

43. Republic of Latvia

44. Republic of Estonia

45. Sultanate of Oman
18. The amount of the fee for consular services for document processing and visa issuance is formed from the amount of the approved consular dues and the amount of reimbursement for actual expenditures, which are collected in  USD or in currency of a country where mission of Kazakhstan is accredited on the mutual basis. The diplomatic and consular missions of Kazakhstan in various countries, due to local living levels,  have different tariffs of consular dues within the limit of base minimum and maximum amounts of consular dues rates, approved by the Resolution of the Government of the RK of 29.12.2001 # 1751.

In accordance with the basic rates, the amount of consular dues for one-entry visa of the RK for entrance (exit) or its prolongation for the term of less than three months may amount to USD 10-30;

— one-entry-exit or exit-entry visa of the RK or its prolongation for the term of less than 3 months — USD 20-60;

— double entry-exit or exit-entry visa of the RK or its prolongation for the term of less than 3 months – USD 30-90;

— triple entry-exit or exit-entry visa of the RK or its prolongation for the term of less than 3 months — USD 35-105;

— multiple visa and its prolongation for the term of 1 year — USD 100-200;

2 years — USD 200-400;

— tourist one-entry visa for less than 30 days — USD 20-40;

— tourist double-entry visa for less than 60 days — USD 30-60;

— transit visa – USD 10-30.

19. In accordance with the Resolution of the Government of the Republic  of  Kazakhstan dated 23.01.2006  #  46,  “investor ”  visas  are issued free of charge.

Informationon the order of sending of visa support of the Ministry of foreign affaires   to invite  foreign citizens to the Republic of Kazakhstan

For   issuance of visa support of the MFA of  RK   to foreign citizens, traveling to the Republic of Kazakhstan, the inviting organization should submit the following documents to the Department of Consular Service of the MFA :

1.       Invitation letter in the fixed form (#l form).

2.       Payment order or receipt of payment of consular fees (not required for budgetary organizations) and actual expenditures.

3.      Organization which appealed to the DCS of the  MFA for the first time — a notary copies of the charter, registration certificate from the Ministry of Justice of the RK, statistical card, (license for tourist activity in case of invitation the tourists), organizations from other cities should send the named above documents to the following addresses:

Astana, 010000,   Left   bank of Ishim river,  building #31,  Department of Consular Service of the  MFA, Passport-visa section, visa support sector.

Or: 65 Aiteke bi St., Almaty, 480091, Department of Consular Service.

Invitation letter should be written in 3 copies, one of which should be submitted to the DCS of the  MFA, the second should be sent to the invited persons (by letter, fax, e-mail, etc.), and the third should be kept by the inviting organization.

The DCS within 7 days inform about the number of visa support, which should be send by the inviting organization to the foreign citizen for applying to visa section of Kazakhstan Embassy  to receive visa.

Days and time of reception on visa issues: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. 12 p.m.

In Astana: Left bank of river, Department of Consular Service of the MFA of RK, tel.: (7172) 720575 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (7172) 720575      end_of_the_skype_highlighting,  faxes : (7172)   720460 or 720478.

In Almaty: 65 Aiteke Bi St., Department of Consular Service of the MFA of RK, DCS reception, tel.: (7272)  720939 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (7272)  720939      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, 720311, fax: (727) 2720843.

Payment (for each invited foreign citizen) for reimbursement of actual expenditures (for one-entry visa – kazakhstan currency unit – «tenge» since 01.01.2010 — KZT 2120), for double, triple and multiple entry visa, should be paid  to the following account :

Beneficiary — РГП на праве хозяйственного ведения «ХОЗУ МИД РК»

Beneficiary's bank

Р/С 000609966

PHH 620300004058, АО КАЗКОММЕРЦБАНК, БИК 195301716,

КБЕ16,  КНП 890

Consular fee for each invited foreign citizen (visa support for one-entry visa — KZT 283, visa support for double, triple and multiple entry visa — KZT  707) should be effected to the following account:

Beneficiary   — Министерство государственных доходов РК, р/с 000080900 код дохода 202201,  РНН 0З2200000017, (за консульские услуги МИД РК)

Beneficiary's bank Управление Казначейства г.Астаны, МФО195301041

KБЕ 11, КНП 914

Note: In accordance with provisions of the Tariff of consular fees the applications will not be considered unless the consular services are not paid.