Between 16 July 2015 and 31 December 2017, citizens from the following countries traveling to Kazakhstan for touristic reasons for up to 15 days do not require a visa: Australia, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Switzerland.
Tourist visa and private visa
You will be issued one of these if visiting Kazakhstan for a limited period of time. The tourist visa self-explanatory, while the private visa is granted to those travelling to and staying in Kazakhstan on ‘private trips’.
If you are staying in Kazakhstan for any of the following reasons, you will be issued a business visa:Business trip
- Business or contract negotiations
- Participation in an exposition or fair
- Trade deals involving international traffic
- Consulting and auditing
Typically granted to CEOs of large firms who are investing into the Kazakh economy. Direct family members are also granted this visa.
Expats working in Kazakhstan should apply for a work visa.
If you are taking part in studies, internships, or similar activities in Kazakhstan you can apply for a student visa.
Foreigners not entitled to cross Kazakhstan without a visa are granted a transit visa in order to travel through.
If you are travelling to Kazakhstan for medical tourism purposes, or to receive treatment in general, you can apply for a medical visa.
Diplomatic visas are issued to foreign nationals, and their families, who hold diplomatic passports or work for international institutions.
Similar to to the diplomatic visa in that foreign nationals and their families are granted one if they hold an official passport. You can also apply for one if you:
- Work for diplomatic missions
- Are invited to Kazakhstan by diplomatic missions and international institutions accredited by the country.
If you are moving to Kazakhstan permanently you have to apply for a residence permit.
Family reunification visa
These visas are applicable to those traveling to Kazakhstan for reunification purposes and family members of:
- Kazakh citizens
- Ethnic Kazakhs and former compatriots and have received temporary residence permits
- Stateless persons and foreigners residing in Kazakhstan
You can find out how to apply for the visa you need in our article on applying for Kazakhstan visas.