Algorithm for obtaining IDC permission on entry of foreigners to Kazakhstan

Information is prepared by the WPK consultants on the basis of the legislative acts as of September 2021
IDC entry permission
For the period of quarantine restrictions in Kazakhstan, there are special requirements for the procedure for crossing the state border by foreign citizens.

For a foreigner to enter Kazakhstan, the inviting company (host entity) must obtain a permit from the Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) in advance.

In the absence of such permission, a foreigner may be denied entry the country.
IDC permit for entry is not required for citizens of those countries with which Kazakhstan has resumed direct regular air flights:
Great Britain
Czech Republic
Saudi Arabia
Sri Lanka
South Korea
  1. Armenia
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Belarus
  4. Great Britain
  5. China
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Egypt
  8. Georgia
  9. Germany
  10. Hungary
  11. Italy
  12. Kuwait
  13. Kyrgyzstan
  14. Maldives
  15. Netherlands
  16. UAE
  17. Poland
  18. Russia
  19. Saudi Arabia
  20. Tajikistan
  21. Turkey
  22. Ukraine
  23. Uzbekistan
  24. Montenegro
  25. Sri Lanka
  26. South Korea
Note: when crossing the border by road, IDC permission is required.
How to issue an entry permit?
The inviting party prepares an application (petition) for issuing the IDC permission, indicating the following information
Information about the inviting company (type of activity, description of active projects)
Social significance of a project involving a foreign specialist
Number and list of foreign specialists, including family members (accompanying persons)
Purpose of stay, indicating the frequency of entry into the Republic of Kazakhstan (single / multiple entry-exit)
Foreigner's passport details and planned date of arrival in the country
Travel route (from the country of departure to Kazakhstan)
Importantly: for repeated border crossing by a foreigner, the inviting organization must obtain the IDC permission for multiple entry-exit.
The inviting organization sends the completed application to the akimat at the place of its registration or to the relevant ministry. A copy of a foreign specialist's passport must also be attached to the application.

The application is accepted through the office of the akimat / ministry or through the portal.

In case of submission of incomplete information, the akimat / relevant ministry shall send a written reasoned refusal within 3 working days, indicating the reasons for the negative decision.
How long and by whom is the application considered?
The application is considered by the akimat / relevant ministry and agreed with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan within 5 working days. With a positive review and approval, the application is forwarded to the IDC meeting.

In case of application approval, the IDC meeting forms a protocol and instructs the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Border Service of the National Security Committee of the RoK to assist in the entry of foreign specialists to the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan (below is the diagram).

The akimat or relevant ministry within 2 calendar days informs the inviting organization about the results of the IDC meeting. Submit the IDC protocol.
Inviting organization
Akimat / relevant ministry +
Ministry of Labor and Social Protection
IDC Protocol
Akimat /
relevant ministry
MFA of the RK
Foreign institutions of the RK
Border Service of the National Security Committee of the RK
Interdepartmental Committee
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan
After receiving the protocol, the host entity applies to the migration service to issue an invitation for a visa.

A visa can be obtained in the country of citizenship of a foreigner or in the country of his/her permanent residence.

A visa is not required for citizens of those countries with which Kazakhstan has concluded separate bilateral agreements on mutual visa-free travel. For example, Russia, Azerbaijan.
Importantly: a foreigner is allowed to enter Kazakhstan only if he/she has a PCR certificate. Validity of the certificate should not exceed 3 days (72 hours) from the date of issue of the result until the moment of border crossing.

The receiving party undertakes to pay the costs in case of deportation of a foreigner in case of violation of sanitary and quarantine norms.
You can get acquainted with the full algorithm for inviting foreign specialists to Kazakhstan here.
WPK specialist will conduct a consultation and answer your questions.
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‣ What to do in case of refusal to issuance of IDC entry permit?
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