Currently, citizens of India, Iran and China may travel to Kazakhstan under the visa-free regime and stay in the country without a visa for up to 14 days.
Introduction of the visa-free regime is primarily focused on ensuring a favorable investment climate in Kazakhstan, activating business contacts and developing tourism potential. Meanwhile, the existing regulations provide for a number of restrictions within short-term visa-free trips.
Total period of stay
Visa-free regime is valid for 14 days since arrival in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Total period of stay of citizens of these countries is limited and must not exceed 42 calendar days during each 180-day period. Foreigner nationals planning to stay in Kazakhstan for a long period should take care of getting a long-term visa in advance.
Purpose of visit
In accordance with the visa-free regime conditions, citizens of India, Iran and China may travel to Kazakhstan for tourist, business and private purposes. Therefore, the visa-free regime does not give the right to work or run a business in Kazakhstan. In order to carry out labor or entrepreneurial activities, a foreigner must apply for an appropriate visa. For example, work visa of C3 category.
Extension of stay
Current regulations* exclude the possibility/option of extending period of visa-free stay in Kazakhstan. This means that Indian, Iranian and Chinese citizens are required to comply with a 14-day deadline and timely departure from Kazakhstan before the expiry date. At the same time, with the onset of the winter period, keep in mind the deterioration of weather conditions and possible delays/postponements of air flights while leaving the country.
Note that violation of the order for entry, exit and stay under the visa-free regime entails administrative liability of a foreigner, including deportation from the country and a 5-year ban from entering the Republic of Kazakhstan.
*Paragraph18 of the Rules for entry and stay of immigrants in the RoK