Visa support

Foreign citizens and stateless persons need a visa to enter the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, unless different procedure is established by an international Treaty of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

To obtain a visa, an invitation that is agreed with the relevant state bodies is required, unless otherwise provided by the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

An invitation for entry for private affairs is submitted no earlier than 1 year and no later than 5 working days before the intended date of entry of the visa recipient to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The application or note verbale is submitted no earlier than 90 calendar days and no later than 5 working days before the intended date of entry of the visa recipient to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The deadline for consideration of the invitation when providing the service in electronic form is no more than 3 working days and no more than 5 working days-in paper form – from the date of submission of the application.

The inviting party shall submit a note verbale to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MFA RK) with the application of table according the form.

The inviting party for registration of the invitation represents to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MIA RK) or in NJSC GC "Government for citizens" (further-the State Corporation) in the place of the registration:

To issue an invitation to enter the Republic of Kazakhstan for private business:

  • the identity document;
  • the table filled in two copies according to the form;
  • a copy of the document confirming payment of the state fee.
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Recipients - heads and / or deputy heads and/or heads of structural divisions of legal entities engaged in investment activities in Kazakhstan, as well as their family members.

Single - up to 90 days (for the entire visa validity period);

Multiple - up to 3 years (for the entire visa validity period).

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INVESTMENT VISA PROCEDURE:

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A request for issuing an application for an investor visa for persons who are non-residents of the Republic of Kazakhstan and carrying out investment activities in the Republic of Kazakhstan is submitted by the applicant to the State Corporation.

To apply for an investor category visa, it is necessary to submit an application from the authorized investment body, which is the Investment Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, in accordance with paragraph 7 of Article 282 of the Entrepreneurial Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated October 29, 2015 No. 375-V ЗРК.

Recipients of category B3:

  • persons arriving for negotiations and contracts can get a single-entry business visa - up to 90 days (stay in Kazakhstan up to 30 days);
  • persons arriving to conduct negotiations, conclude contracts within the framework of cooperation in the field of industrialization and investment, as well as founders or members of the board of directors, can receive a multiple-entry business visa - up to 1 year (stay in Kazakhstan no more than 30 days at each entry).

A business visa of category B3 is issued by foreign agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan without an invitation on the basis of one of the following documents:

  • indication of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (upon written request of the heads of foreign institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, single-entry visas are issued);
  • note verbale;
  • application of citizens of countries indicated in the list of states.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (MIA RK) issues a business visa on the basis of an application.

To apply for a multiple-entry visa for a business trip, a copy of the agreement, contract or a confirmation letter (application) of the JSC National Company «Kazakh Invest» for participation in cooperation in the field of industrialization and investment is additionally provided (with the exception of ethnic Kazakhs, former compatriots and citizens from the list of economically developed, politically and migratory stable states, exempted from the need to present invitations at registration).

Business visa is granted on the basis of the following documents:

  • copy of the passport;
  • application form ,filled in 2 copies;
  • copy of the document confirming the payment of the state fee (0.5 MCI for one person);
  • power of attorney for an individual submitting documents from a legal entity.

If the legal entity submits documents for the first time, then it is necessary to attach:

  • company's charter;
  • certificate of state registration of legal entity.

Visa processing time: 5 working days.

Recipients of category B1:

  • participants of conferences, symposiums, forums, exhibitions, concerts, cultural, scientific and other events;
  • participants in meetings, organizations of round tables, exhibitions, and expert meetings.

Single - up to 90 days (stay in Kazakhstan up to 60 days);

A business visa is issued by foreign agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of one of the following documents:

  • indication of MFA RK;
  • note verbale;
  • invitation;
  • applications of citizens of countries indicated in the list of states.

Recipients of category B2:

  • persons arriving for the purpose of installation, repair and maintenance of equipment;
  • persons arriving for the purpose of providing consulting or audit services.

Single - up to 90 days (stay in Kazakhstan up to 30 days);

Multiple - up to 180 days (stay in Kazakhstan up to 90 days).

A business visa is issued by foreign agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of an invitation, as well as by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of an application from participants or bodies of the International Financial Center «Astana».

Recipients of category C3:

  • persons traveling to Kazakhstan or who are in Kazakhstan for the purpose of employment, as well as their family members.

Single - up to 90 days (for the entire visa validity period);

Multiple - up to 3 years * (for the entire visa validity period).

* To participants and bodies of the International Financial Center «Astana», employees of participants of «Astana Hub» or employees of «Astana Hub» – no more than 5 years) or for the duration of the permit.

A visa is issued by foreign agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of an invitation, as well as by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of an application from the inviting party, in the presence of:

  • permission issued to the employer to attract foreign labour, or documents confirming that, in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan or international treaties to which the Republic of Kazakhstan is a party, a visa recipient does not need permission to work or to attract foreign labour.

Recipients of category C4:

  • persons traveling to Kazakhstan or located in Kazakhstan for self-employment in professions that are in demand in priority sectors of the economy.

Single - up to 90 days (for the entire visa validity period);

Multiple - up to 3 years (for the entire visa validity period).

A single entry visa is issued by foreign agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of the following documents:

  • application;
  • self-employment qualification certificate.

A visa is issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of the following documents:

  • application;
  • self-employment qualification certificate;
  • employment contract.

Recipients of category C5:

  • business immigrants.

Single - up to 90 days (for the entire visa validity period);

Multiple - up to 2 years * (for the entire visa validity period).

*Ethnic Kazakhs - up to 3 years.

A visa is issued by foreign agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of an invitation, in the presence of:

  • applications
  • medical certificate confirming the absence of diseases, the presence of which prohibits the entry of foreigners and stateless persons into the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • health insurance;
  • a certificate of the presence or absence of a criminal record issued by an authorized body of the country of citizenship or permanent residence;
  • certificates on the presence or absence of a prohibition on entrepreneurial activity on the basis of a court decision issued by the authorized body of the country of citizenship or permanent residence.

Visa recipient must be of legal age.

Recipients of category C6:

  • seasonal foreign workers.

Single - up to 90 days (for the entire visa validity period);

Multiple - up to 1 year, but no more than the validity of the permit (for the entire visa validity period).

A visa is issued by foreign agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the basis of an invitation if there is a permit issued to the employer to attract foreign labour.

More detailed information, as well as the procedure for applying for all categories of visas, can be found in the rules and on the web portal of the «Electronic Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan».

E-Visa (business, tourist and medical treatment) is issued based on a valid invitation from the Kazakh side, considered by the migration service units of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Kazakhstan under the established procedure.

Foreign citizens can enter/leave the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan using a valid electronic visa only through the checkpoints of the international airports of cities Nur-Sultan and Almaty. E-Visa is valid only for the visa recipient and does not apply to accompanying persons.

Step-by-step E-Visa registration algorithm:

  • to obtain an electronic visa, you must register on the website of the Visa-Migration portal (www.vmp.gov.kz);
  • after registration, familiarize yourself with the requirements for obtaining an electronic visa;
  • get acquainted with the requirements for obtaining an electronic visa;
  • enter an invitation number ( the invitation number is sent by the inviting party in the Republic of Kazakhstan ) and fill in the visa application form;
  • after confirming the availability of the invitation, check and confirm the compliance of the information in the electronic visa and the travel document identifying;
  • pay the consular fee;
  • print an electronic visa (the visa is formed in the personal account and sent to the email address you provided when filling out the application form);
  • present a printed electronic visa when passing through passport control at international airports in Nur-Sultan and Almaty.

More detailed information can be found on the web portal of the «Electronic Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan».

Countries whose citizens have visa-free entry to Kazakhstan.


Australia

Austria⁠

Belarus

Bahrain

Belgium

Bulgaria

Brazil

Vatican

Hungary

Great Britain

Vietnam

Germany

Greece

Denmark

Spain

Italy

Iceland

Israel

Ireland

Indonesia

India

Qatar

Canada

China

Cyprus

Colombia

Kuwait

Latvia

Lithuania

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg

Malta

Malaysia

Mexico

Monaco

Netherlands

Norway

Uzbekistan

UAE

Oman

Poland

Portugal

Russia

Romania

Serbia

Singapore

Slovakia

Slovenia

USA

Thailand

Turkey

Ukraine

Philippines

France

Finland

Croatia

Czech Republic

Chile

Switzerland

Sweden

Estonia

Tajikistan

Japan

Ecuador

Azerbaijan

Argentina

Armenia

Hong Kong

Georgia

Kyrgyzstan

Moldova

Mongolia

New
Zealand

Saudi
Arabia

South
Korea

Registration of foreign citizens

From January 10, 2020, registration of foreigners and notification of the arrival of foreigners in Kazakhstan are assigned to the receiving party.

The receiving party must inform the migration office about the arrival of a foreign guest within three working days from the moment of entry into the country.

To do this it is necessary to use the visa and migration portal www.vmp.gov.kz and:
- fill in information about the foreigner and, if necessary, about their children;
- sign a completed application form using electronic signature;
- get a ready document that will be stored in personal account after 15 minutes.
 

If a foreign citizen stays on the territory of Kazakhstan for more than 30 days, the receiving party (hotels, hostels, rental apartments, medical institutions, and other legal entities and individuals) must issue a temporary residence permit to the guest.

Immigrants who are exempted from passport registration:

  • diplomatic or service passport holders;
  • arrived in the Republic of Kazakhstan with a visa of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the categories are “diplomatic”, “official”, “investor” or upon confirmation of the status of “investor” from the authorized body of the Republic of Kazakhstan on investment issues (for countries with a visa-free stay);
  • who has not reached the age of 16 years.

When immigrant changes temporary place of residence in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the host person shall notify the internal affairs bodies within three working days.

In case of change permanent or temporary residence, immigrants within five calendar days shall be re-registered in the internal affairs bodies at new place of residence.

More detailed information, as well as the registration procedure can be found on the visa and migration portal of the Republic of Kazakhstan.