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Immigration digest from WPK Group
May 5, 2022
This digest has been prepared by the WPK consultants on the main immigration rules in Kazakhstan.

Here you will find up-to-date information on the procedure for entry and stay of foreign citizens in the Republic of Kazakhstan, rates of state duties and administrative fines.

We hope that the presented material will be useful and interesting.
Immigration digest from WPK Group
May 5, 2022
This digest has been prepared by the WPK consultants on the main immigration rules in Kazakhstan.

Here you will find up-to-date information on the procedure for entry and stay of foreign citizens in the Republic of Kazakhstan, rates of state duties and administrative fines.

We hope that the presented material will be useful and interesting.
Recognition of vaccination passports
May 4, 2022
Effective May 4, 2022, Kazakhstan have recognized vaccination passports Belgium and Hong Kong.

The list of countries which vaccination passports are valid in the Republic of Kazakhstan has expanded to 35: Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan.

Foreigners who have received vaccination passports on the territory of the above states do not required a PCR certificate to enter Kazakhstan.
Recognition of vaccination passports
May 4, 2022
Effective May 4, 2022, Kazakhstan have recognized vaccination passports Belgium and Hong Kong.

The list of countries which vaccination passports are valid in the Republic of Kazakhstan has expanded to 35: Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan.

Foreigners who have received vaccination passports on the territory of the above states do not required a PCR certificate to enter Kazakhstan.
Lifting IDC entry permission
April 11, 2022
Since April 11, 2022, restrictions on crossing the Kazakhstan border have been lifted.

IDC (MVK) entry permission is no longer required for foreigners arriving in the country by air, as well as for those who cross the border by land transport at checkpoints with Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Lifting IDC entry permission
April 11, 2022
Since April 11, 2022, restrictions on crossing the Kazakhstan border have been lifted.

IDC (MVK) entry permission is no longer required for foreigners arriving in the country by air, as well as for those who cross the border by land transport at checkpoints with Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Business meeting in Aktau
April 8, 2022
Today in Aktau we held a business meeting for companies which attract foreign labor force. The meeting was focused on the topical issues of entry and stay of foreigners in Kazakhstan, processing visas and invitations letters.

Representatives of the Border and Migration services of the RoK have joined the event as speakers.
Business meeting in Aktau
April 8, 2022
Today in Aktau we held a business meeting for companies which attract foreign labor force. The meeting was focused on the topical issues of entry and stay of foreigners in Kazakhstan, processing visas and invitations letters.

Representatives of the Border and Migration services of the RoK have joined the event as speakers.
Recognition of vaccination passports
March 18, 2022
Effective March 18, 2022, vaccination passports from COVID-19 of a number of countries* have been officially recognized in Kazakhstan: Brazil, Spain, Uzbekistan.

Therefore, the list of countries which vaccination passports are valid in the Republic of Kazakhstan has expanded to 33: Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan.

Foreigners who have received vaccination passports on the territory of the above states can enter Kazakhstan without presenting a PCR certificate.
Recognition of vaccination passports
March 18, 2022
Effective March 18, 2022, vaccination passports from COVID-19 of a number of countries* have been officially recognized in Kazakhstan: Brazil, Spain, Uzbekistan.

Therefore, the list of countries which vaccination passports are valid in the Republic of Kazakhstan has expanded to 33: Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, San Marino, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan.

Foreigners who have received vaccination passports on the territory of the above states can enter Kazakhstan without presenting a PCR certificate.
Changes to the list of documents for residence permit
March 10, 2022
Foreign citizens are no longer required to provide the following documents when applying for residence permit in Kazakhstan:

- certificate from the Embassy (written consent for permanent residence abroad) for citizens of far abroad countries
- departure list (listok ubytiya) for citizens of the CIS countries, Turkey.

Ministry of Internal Affairs of the RoK has introduced relevant changes to the list of documents required for obtaining residence permit (order No.48 as of February 8, 2022). At the same time, requirements for other documents remain unchanged.
Changes to the list of documents for residence permit
March 10, 2022
Foreign citizens are no longer required to provide the following documents when applying for residence permit in Kazakhstan:

- certificate from the Embassy (written consent for permanent residence abroad) for citizens of far abroad countries
- departure list (listok ubytiya) for citizens of the CIS countries, Turkey.

Ministry of Internal Affairs of the RoK has introduced relevant changes to the list of documents required for obtaining residence permit (order No.48 as of February 8, 2022). At the same time, requirements for other documents remain unchanged.
Webinar for the English-speaking audience
March 1, 2022
Today we held a webinar for the English-speaking audience.

Here are some main points we have discussed during the online session:
- IDC (MVK) entry permission is not required for citizens of visa-free regime countries, countries with ratified bilateral agreements and for citizens of those countries Kazakhstan has resumed direct air flights with.

IDC permit is still mandatory if you cross the border by land transport.

- Residence permit holders, their family members as well as foreigners who are family members of the Kazakhstan citizens now can cross the KZ border no more than 1 in 15 days.

This requirement does not apply to citizens of visa-free countries, citizens with IDC permissions and citizens of those countries which have direct air flights with Kazakhstan (only if you arrive in the country by air).

- Kazakhstan has recognized vaccination passport of 30 countries: Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, San Marino, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey.

Foreigners of these countries do not require PCR certificate while arriving in Kazakhstan. Entry to the country is carried out based on the foriegn vaccination passport.
Webinar for the English-speaking audience
March 1, 2022
Today we held a webinar for the English-speaking audience.

Here are some main points we have discussed during the online session:
- IDC (MVK) entry permission is not required for citizens of visa-free regime countries, countries with ratified bilateral agreements and for citizens of those countries Kazakhstan has resumed direct air flights with.
IDC permit is still mandatory if you cross the border by land transport.

- Residence permit holders, their family members as well as foreigners who are family members of the Kazakhstan citizens now can cross the KZ border no more than 1 in 15 days.

This requirement does not apply to citizens of visa-free countries, citizens with IDC permissions and citizens of those countries which have direct air flights with Kazakhstan (only if you arrive in the country by air).
- Kazakhstan has recognized vaccination passport of 30 countries: Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Georgia, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Peru, Philippines, San Marino, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey.

Foreigners of these countries do not require PCR certificate while arriving in Kazakhstan. Entry to the country is carried out based on the foriegn vaccination passport.
Resuming air flights with Egypt
February 23, 2022
By the decision of the Interdepartmental Committee as of February 17, 2022, Kazakhstan resumed direct regular air flights with Egypt.

Currently, direct flights are open for 32 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Egypt, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Japan.

IDC permission is not required for citizens of these countries when traveling to Kazakhstan by air. However, IDC permission is still mandatory if foreign citizens cross the Kazakhstan border not by air, but by land transport (train, auto).
Resuming air flights with Egypt
February 23, 2022
By the decision of the Interdepartmental Committee as of February 17, 2022, Kazakhstan resumed direct regular air flights with Egypt.

Currently, direct flights are open for 32 countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Egypt, Hungary, India, Iran, Italy, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Japan.

IDC permission is not required for citizens of these countries when traveling to Kazakhstan by air. However, IDC permission is still mandatory if foreign citizens cross the Kazakhstan border not by air, but by land transport (train, auto).
Webinar "Order for entry of foreigners to the RoK"
February 18, 2022
On February 17, 2022, we held the webinar with participation of the representatives of the Border Service, Ministries of Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Healthcare. Webinar was supported by EUROBAK.

WPK consultants prepared a brief video review of the most relevant topics and questions raised during the webinar.

If you have any questions, you may order the consultation here.
Webinar "Order for entry of foreigners to the RoK"
February 18, 2022
On February 17, 2022, we held the webinar with participation of the representatives of the Border Service, Ministries of Internal Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Healthcare. Webinar was supported by EUROBAK.

WPK consultants prepared a brief video review of the most relevant topics and questions raised during the webinar.

If you have any questions, you may order the consultation here.
Cancellation of the IDC entry permission for a number of countries
February 8, 2022
Yesterday the Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) introduced amendments to the procedure for crossing the State border.

Now IDC entry permission is not required for citizens of the countries with which:
  • unilateral visa-free regime is in effect: 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.
  • visa-free regime in the framework of bilateral agreements is in effect: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
  • regular air flights have been resumed: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Japan.

Pay attention:
  1. IDC permission is still mandatory if citizens of these countries cross the RoK border by land transport (train, auto).
  2. All passengers arriving from abroad must provide a PCR certificate with negative result regardless of vaccination status. Term of a PCR certificate should not exceed 72 hours. Children under 5 years old do not require a PCR certificate.
Cancellation of the IDC entry permission for a number of countries
February 8, 2022
Yesterday the Interdepartmental Committee (IDC) introduced amendments to the procedure for crossing the State border.

Now IDC entry permission is not required for citizens of the countries with which:
  • unilateral visa-free regime is in effect: 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
  • visa-free regime in the framework of bilateral agreements is in effect: Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
  • regular air flights have been resumed: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Japan.
Pay attention:
  1. IDC permission is still mandatory if citizens of these countries cross the RoK border by land transport (train, auto).
  2. All passengers arriving from abroad must provide a PCR certificate with negative result regardless of vaccination status. Term of a PCR certificate should not exceed 72 hours. Children under 5 years old do not require a PCR certificate.
Changes in the list of documents for IIN of a foreigner
February 2, 2022
Amendments to the list of documents required by foreigners for obtaining IIN in Kazakhstan will come into force effective February 11, 2022*.

Following documents are required to apply for IIN at the Public service center (TSON):
- established application form
- passport of a foreigner. If passport does not contain the spelling of surname/first name and place of birth in Cyrillic or Latin, it is required to attach the appropriate copy of translation
- a notarized power of attorney when applying for a representative of a foreigner

Application for IIN can be submitted via e-Gov portal by providing the following documents:
- electronic request certified by the electronic digital signature of a foreigner's authorized representative
- scanned copy of a foreigner's passport. If passport does not contain the spelling of surname/first name and place of birth in Cyrillic or Latin, it is required to attach the appropriate copy of translation
- notarized power of attorney if documents are submitted by a foreigner
Changes in the list of documents for IIN of a foreigner
February 2, 2022
Amendments to the list of documents required by foreigners for obtaining IIN in Kazakhstan will come into force effective February 11, 2022*.

Following documents are required to apply for IIN at the Public service center (TSON):
- established application form
- passport of a foreigner. If passport does not contain the spelling of surname/first name and place of birth in Cyrillic or Latin, it is required to attach the appropriate copy of translation
- a notarized power of attorney when applying for a representative of a foreigner
Application for IIN can be submitted via e-Gov portal by providing the following documents:
- electronic request certified by the electronic digital signature of a foreigner's authorized representative
- scanned copy of a foreigner's passport. If passport does not contain
the spelling of surname/first name and place of birth in Cyrillic or Latin, it is required to attach the appropriate copy of translation
- notarized power of attorney if documents are submitted by a foreigner
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