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Kazakhstan visa regime ‘to be simplified’ for many territories

Visa processing in Kazakhstan could soon be subject to a significant overhaul, as reported by Azerbaijani English-language newspaper AzerNews.

The newspaper said that a draft decree of the Kazakh President detailed plans for the country to simplify its visa regime with China, India, the EU and the Persian Gulf countries, as part of the national strategic development plan for the period up to 2025.

What does the draft decree say?

The draft document stated that legislation would be improved, “especially in the area of liberalisation of the visa and migration regime of the Republic of Kazakhstan in relation to the five priority markets for tourism – Russia, China, India, EU countries, the Persian Gulf.

“To simplify the process of filing documents for an entry visa, issuing invitations and obtaining a certificate with the decision of the state body, a visa and migration Internet portal will be organised, an online visa issuance procedure will be introduced and the mechanism for issuing ADS visas will be improved.”

Talk of 72-hour visa-free transit

The document, which was published on the website of the Kazakh National Economy Ministry on 28th November, claimed that the process of passing through the state’s physical borders with the unification of the visa and migration regime would be simplified.

It continued: “At the same time, the regime of ‘visa-free transit for 72 hours’ will be introduced for passengers of the first priority countries. Online payment practices directly at the checkpoints without the use of administrative arrest and the expectation of a court decision will be introduced for violation of the migration regime.”

The project developers intend that the adoption of such measures will assist in the development of export-oriented services.

As stated by the draft decree: “The barriers to the development of services export will be removed and the services provided on the external markets with significant export potential will be promoted. These services consist of travel services, including medical and educational tourism, financial and business services, transit transport and space services.”

What else is changing about visa processing in Kazakhstan?

As also outlined by AzerNews, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry had earlier suggested the creation of an integrated online migration control system for the digitalisation of migration flows. The system will automatically register foreign citizens, in addition to issuing e-visas.

At present, foreigners wishing to visit Kazakhstan require both a visa and a migration card, as is issued by the Border Service of Committee of National Security following registration with the local authorities.

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