Rich in oil and natural gas, Kazakhstan is the wealthiest country in Central Asia, however, it has gone relatively unnoticed as a tourist destination. Picturesque mountainous landscapes, rolling hills, and wild horses is just some of the natural scenery in Kazakhstan. You can also find hidden lakes, ancient temples, and quiet villages scattered throughout the nation's frontier. While you may face some difficulties with communication and bureaucracy, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. Don't miss out on the saunas! They are the perfect place to unwind after a day of trekking.
Before packing your hiking boots and vodka flask, you need to find out whether or not you need a visa to cross the border. If you are lucky, you may not need one. The Kazakh visa policy contains a list of visa-exempt countries. Citizens of visa-exempt countries can enter Kazakhstan and stay between 15 days and 3 months, depending on nationality. Visas on arrival are available, but there are some conditions: eligible nationalities must come from countries that do not have a diplomatic mission or embassy of Kazakhstan, and the document needs to be pre-arranged. And, as of July 2018, electronic visas are now available.
If you want to know which type of documentation you need, you are free to decipher Kazakhstan's visa policy. However, we recommend that you make things easy on yourself and use our Visa Checker Tool located in the top right corner of this page. Simply select your country of origin from the drag-down menu on the left and choose Kazakhstan as your destination. If you are required to obtain a visa, the Tool offers a list of embassies where you can apply in-person or ask questions.
Even if electronic visas are available for Kazakhstan, iVisa does not currently process applications. As soon as Kazakhstan becomes one of our supported countries, we will be more than happy to help you the documentation you need. Until then, our free support service is at your disposal 24/7 if you have any further questions.
If you need to visit an embassy to get a visa, you must find out all the specific pieces of documentation and requirements for your nationality. You can find a lot of info online, although we recommend that you contact the embassy itself and ask your questions there. The information online is vast, but is not always the most reliable, leading potentially to crucial application mistakes. Nevertheless, what we can tell you is that you'll need to hold a valid passport that does not expire for 6 months from the date of arrival in Kazakhstan. For further information, contact the diplomatic mission.
Even if we do not process Kazakhstan visa applications at the moment, we hope that the information above is helpful.