COVID-19: ORDER FOR ENTRY OF FOREIGNERS TO KAZAKHSTAN

Information is prepared by the WPK consultants based on practice and regulations as of July 2021
If you are planning a trip to Kazakhstan, please take into account that during the period of quarantine restrictions, there is a special procedure for entering the country.

We have prepared for your attention a brief overview of the main requirements.
Procedure for entry of foreigners to Kazakhstan
July 14, 2021
1. VISA REGIME
Visa-free regime was suspended until December 31, 2021 by the Government Resolution of the RoK. Previously the visa-free regime was unilaterally applied to citizens of 54 countries.
List of countries
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
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
United Kingdom
USA
Vatican
Vietnam
  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Bahrain
  4. Belgium
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Canada
  7. Chile
  8. Colombia
  9. Croatia
  10. Cyprus
  11. Czech
  12. Republic
  13. Denmark
  14. Estonia
  15. Finland
  16. France
  17. Germany
  18. Greece
  19. Hungary
  20. Iceland
  21. Indonesia
  22. Ireland
  23. Israel
  24. Italy
  25. Japan
  26. Kuwait
  27. Latvia
  28. Liechtenstein
  29. Lithuania
  30. Luxembourg
  31. Malaysia
  32. Malta
  33. Mexico
  34. Monaco
  35. Netherlands
  36. New Zealand
  37. Norway
  38. Oman
  39. Philippines
  40. Poland
  41. Portugal
  42. Qatar
  43. Romania Saudi Arabia
  44. Singapore
  45. Slovakia
  46. Slovenia
  47. Spain
  48. Sweden
  49. Switzerland
  50. Thailand
  51. United Kingdom
  52. USA
  53. Vatican
  54. Vietnam
Important: citizens of these countries now need a visa to enter Kazakhstan. Validity period and category of a visa depends on the purpose of your visit and a period of stay in the country. For example, for business trips (meetings, negotiations) you should apply for a B3 visa.
VISA IS NOT REQUIRED for citizens of countries with which Kazakhstan has concluded separate bilateral agreements on mutual visa-free travel of citizens.
List of countries
NEAR ABROAD
Procedure for entry and stay of citizens of the following countries is determined by bilateral agreements
NEAR ABROAD
Procedure for entry and stay of citizens of the following countries is determined by bilateral agreements
FAR ABROAD
Procedure for entry and stay of citizens of the following countries is determined by bilateral agreements
FAR ABROAD
Procedure for entry and stay of citizens of the following countries is determined by bilateral agreements
2. ENTRY PERMISSION TO THE ROK
In conditions of the quarantine restrictions an entry permission is required to arrive in Kazakhstan. Such permission is issued by the inviting company (host party). Entry permit is issued by the Interdepartmental Committee of the RoK.
Importantly: a foreigner may be refused entry to the country in case of the absence of such permission.
IDC permission is granted:
  • for single and multiple entry-exit
  • for work and business purposes
  • to family members of a foreign employee (dependents)
Importantly: for repeated border crossing by a foreigner, the inviting organization must obtain the IDC permission for multiple entry-exit.
Please note that the IDC permit is not required for citizens of the countries Kazakhstan has resumed direct air flights with.
List of countries
Germany
Netherlands
UAE
South Korea
Turkey
Egypt
Ukraine
Belarus
Russia
Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan
Georgia
Sri Lanka
Tajikistan
Montenegro
Poland
Armenia
  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. UAE
  4. South Korea
  5. Turkey
  6. Egypt
  7. Ukraine
  8. Belarus
  9. Russia
  10. Kyrgyzstan
  11. Uzbekistan
  12. Georgia
  13. Sri Lanka
  14. Tajikistan
  15. Montenegro
  16. Poland
  17. Armenia
Citizens of these countries can:
  • travel to Kazakhstan by the direct or transit air flights through these countries
  • arrive in the country under any purpose: work, business trip, tourism, etc.
  • enter the Republic of Kazakhstan without a visa upon availability of the bilateral agreement on visa-free entry and stay of citizens (otherwise a visa is required)
You can get acquainted with the algorithm for issuance of the IDC permission here.
3. PCR CERTIFICATE
Foreigners arriving in Kazakhstan are required to provide a PCR certificate with a negative test result for COVID-19. Children under 5 years old do not require a PCR certificate.

Term of a certificate should not exceed 3 days (72 hours) at the moment of the Kazakhstan border crossing. There were cases in practice when foreigners arrived with an expired certificate or without a certificate were deported from the country.

PCR certificate is not required for foreigners who have received a full course of vaccination in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan (regardless of vaccine type: QazVac, Sputnik V, Hayat-Var or CoronaVac), as well as for vaccinated citizens of:
- Mongolia
- Hungary
- Thailand
- Georgia
- Kyrgyzstan
- Moldova

Entry into the country is carried out based on passport or certificate of vaccination.
Foreigners arriving in Kazakhstan are required to provide a PCR certificate with a negative test result for COVID-19. Children under 5 years old do not require a PCR certificate.

Term of a certificate should not exceed 3 days (72 hours) at the moment of the Kazakhstan border crossing. There were cases in practice when foreigners arrived with an expired certificate or without a certificate were deported from the country.

PCR certificate is not required for foreigners who have received a full course of vaccination in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan (regardless of vaccine type: QazVac, Sputnik V, Hayat-Var or CoronaVac), as well as for vaccinated citizens of:
- Mongolia
- Hungary
- Thailand
- Georgia
- Kyrgyzstan
- Moldova

Entry into the country is carried out based on passport or certificate of vaccination.
4. RESIDENCE PERMIT HOLDERS AND FAMILY MEMBERS
Kindly note that if you are a foreign citizen who has:
  • residence permit in the RoK
  • family member who has KZ residence permit
  • family member who is a citizen of the RoK (spouse, parents, children)

Effective February 4, 2021 you will be restricted from entering Kazakhstan for no more than once in 30 days. If you left Kazakhstan, your return entry into the country is possible no earlier than 30 days after the last departure from the RoK.
The restriction on entry 30 days does not apply to:
  • individuals who have received an entry permission for multiple entries-exits issued by the IDC
  • citizens of those countries Kazakhstan has resumed direct air flights with
  • certain categories of individuals according to the approved list of the NSC Border service
    Kindly note that if you are a foreign citizen who has:
    • residence permit in the RoK
    • family member who has KZ residence permit
    • family member who is a citizen of the RoK (spouse, parents, children)

    Effective February 4, 2021 you will be restricted from entering Kazakhstan for no more than once in 30 days. If you left Kazakhstan, your return entry into the country is possible no earlier than 30 days after the last departure from the RoK.

    The restriction on entry 30 days does not apply to:
    • individuals who have received an entry permission for multiple entries-exit issued by the IDC
    • citizens of those countries Kazakhstan has resumed direct air flights with
    • certain categories of individuals according to the approved list of the NSC Border service
    5. NOTIFICATION OF ARRIVAL
    Notification of arrival of a foreigner is required within 3 business days since his/her arrival in Kazakhstan. Does not depend on the order of entry and stay as well as purpose of visit of a foreigner.

    Notification letter is submitted to the migration service by the receiving party in the written form or via the Visa-migration portal.

    Late submission of the notification letter entails administrative responsibility of the host entity (invitating organization) in accordance with the Article 518 of the Administrative Offensive Code.
    Notification of arrival of a foreigner is required within 3 business days since his/her arrival in Kazakhstan. Does not depend on the order of entry and stay as well as purpose of visit of a foreigner.

    Notification letter is submitted to the migration service by the receiving party in the written form or via the Visa-migration portal.

    Late submission of the notification letter entails administrative responsibility of the host entity (invitating organization) in accordance with the Article 518 of the Administrative Offensive Code.
    ORDER PAID
    CONSULTATION
    WPK specialist will conduct a consultation and answer your questions.
    ‣ Is it possible to cross the border by vehicle?
    ‣ Is a PCR certificate required if I have vaccination passport?
    ‣ Would it be possible to return to Kazakhstan by transit flight?
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