Visitors to Kazakhstan must obtain a visa from one of the Kazakh diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries.
Citizens of the following countries and territories can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to the duration listed below. Since 11 July 2020, visa-free visitors can stay for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day timeframe (counted from the first entry).
90 days (9)
30 days (9)
14 days (4)
^ ID – May enter with a national ID card
^ IP – May enter with an internal passport
2 – up to 30 days, for a maximum total stay of 60 days within any 180-day period
3 – up to 30 days within 180-day period
4 – up to 30 days within year period
5 – up to 42 days within 180-day period
Turkmenistan— residents of Balkan Region have visa free access to Atyrau Province and Mangystau Province for up to 5 days.
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa for stays of fewer than 30 days as part of a visa-free policy for countries with the large foreign direct investment in Kazakhstan's economy. The program was initially started on 15 July 2014 providing unilateral visa free access to 10 countries and in July 2015 it was further extended to a total of 19 countries, then to 43 in January 2017 and to 54 in September 2019.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this visa-free program has been suspended three times, almost consecutively, since 17 April 2020. On 4 May 2021, the program was suspended until 31 December 2021, and has been resumed on January 1, 2022. The entry without visa is permitted (including over land).
|Date of visa changes|
Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Kyrgyzstani, Moldovan, Russian, Tajik, Ukrainian and Uzbekistani citizens have never needed a visa to gain access to Kazakhstan.
Nationals of the following countries who hold valid tourist visas of Kyrgyzstan are able to visit the border districts of Almaty and Jambul regions of Kazakhstan within the validity of such visa: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.
Only holders of diplomatic passports of Benelux, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Vatican City and holders diplomatic and service category passports of Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Israel, Mexico, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia and United Arab Emirates can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 90 days.
Only holders of diplomatic passports of Egypt, Poland and only holders of both diplomatic and service category passports of Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cuba, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkmenistan and Vietnam can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 30 days.
Visa is not required for 30 days within 180-day period for holders of passport of United Nations (laissez passer).
Visa-free agreement for holders of diplomatic and service passports was signed with Colombia in December 2019, and it is yet to be ratified.
From 23 April 2018 to 1 January 2019, holders of passports issued by India and China do not require a visa for a 72-hour stay if they are transiting through the following ports of entry, provided that they:
The Government plans to extend the visa-free transit program until 31 December 2020, but was temporarily suspended for Chinese citizens in January 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The entire plan was terminated on July 8, 2022, and replaced by the new visa-free policy.
From 1 January 2019 citizens of the 117 countries who have an invitation issued by the Migration Service of Kazakhstan can obtain a single entry eVisa. Electronic visa is available for business or tourism purposes to all eligible nationalities, while eVisas for medical treatment purposes are available for 23 countries. Holders an eVisa must arrive via Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport or Almaty International Airport.
Visa waiver agreements have already been signed with the following countries but are not yet ratified or applied:
In December 2018 it was announced that Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan plan to mutually accept visas from February 2019 but this was delayed. In March 2019 Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan were reported as "set to launch" the joint visa program that could expand to nearby countries. All approvals are in place with only technical and equipment details to be worked out.
Pre-arranged visa for a stay of up to 1 month can be obtained on arrival for nationals arriving from a country without a Kazakh diplomatic mission. The fee is approximately US$80, and they must hold an invitation letter and obtain an approval from the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They must enter via one of the following ports of entry:
Kazakhstan issues 39 types of visa.
|A1||Issued to foreign dignitaries, diplomats traveling on official business and diplomatic couriers|
|A2||Issued to diplomats accredited to Kazakhstan|
|A3||Issued to members of the official delegations, accredited mass media journalists, military personnel on official visits and dependents, members of international organizations, diplomatic couriers without a diplomatic passport, service passport holders on official business|
|A4||Issued to administrative-technical and maintenance staff of foreign missions and offices|
|A5||Issued to heads and deputy heads and heads of structural divisions of legal entities carrying out investment activities and their family members|
|B1||Issued to participants of conferences and meetings, persons accompanying humanitarian aid, lecturers, participants in youth programs and student and school exchanges|
|B2||Issued to persons installing or maintaining equipment or to persons providing consulting and auditing services|
|B3||Issued to persons arriving for negotiations or to the founders or the board directors|
|International road carriage visa|
|B4||Issued to persons engaged in international road transport|
|B5||Issued to aircraft, train and sea and river vessel crews|
|Visa for participation in religious events|
|B6||Issued to persons participating in the activities of religious associations, except for missionary activity|
|B7||Issued to persons for practical training or internships and their family members|
|Permanent residence visa|
|B8||Issued to persons arriving to register a permit for permanent residence|
|B9||Issued to persons arriving for permanent residence|
|Private visit visa|
|B10||Issued to persons traveling for private reasons, funerals, former compatriots, persons accompanying family members who are citizens of Kazakhstan and spouses or children of ethnic Kazakhs|
|B11||Issued to persons for adoption of citizens of Kazakhstan|
|B12||Issued to persons traveling as tourists|
|B13||Issued to persons transiting through the territory of Kazakhstan|
|B14||Issued to permanent residents when exiting for permanent residence abroad|
|B15||Issued to persons who have lost their passport in Kazakhstan|
|B16||Issued to persons whose visa validity was reduced|
|B17||Issued to persons under administrative responsibility, not associated with deportation, if there are no reasons for further stay|
|B18||Issued to persons who arrived or are staying without a valid visa, if there are no reasons for further stay|
|B19||Issued to persons who have served criminal sentence or were exempted or whose probationary control or deferral expired|
|B20||Issued to persons who have presented proof of force majeure for overstay|
|B21||Issued to persons who were victims of grave or especially grave crimes|
|B22||Issued to persons charged with criminal offense where the criminal case has been closed or other persons in respect of whom legal restrictions on exit are lifted|
|Permanent residence visa|
|C1||Issued to ethnic Kazakhstan traveling to Kazakhstan for permanent residence|
|Family reunification visa|
|C2||Issued to family members of Kazakhstan national who are permanently residing in Kazakhstan, ethnic Kazakhs and former compatriots with temporary residence permit, foreigners and stateless persons permanently residing in Kazakhstan as well as business immigrants|
|C3||Issued to persons traveling to Kazakhstan or persons in Kazakhstan and their family members for the purpose of employment|
|C4||Issued to persons traveling to Kazakhstan or persons in Kazakhstan for self-employment in professions that are in demand in the priority sectors of the economy|
|C5||Issued to business immigrants|
|C6||Issued to seasonal workers|
|Missionary activity visa|
|C7||Issued to persons carrying our missionary activities and their family members|
|Humanitarian purposes visa|
|C8||Issued to volunteers and providers of humanitarian aid and with a view to charity and grants provision|
|C9||Issued for the purpose of admission to educational organization in secondary, technical and vocational, post-secondary, higher and postgraduate education|
|Private trip visa (ethnic Kazakhs)|
|C10||Issued to ethnic Kazakhs|
|Minor citizens visa|
|C11||Issued to underage persons permanently residing in Kazakhstan or who have arrived to Kazakhstan without a visa or to persons born in Kazakhstan intending to go abroad|
|Medical treatment visa|
|C12||Issued to persons traveling for treatment, medical examination or consultation and accompanying persons as well as persons in Kazakhstan in the event of the need for treatment; persons traveling to Kazakhstan with the aim of caring for close relatives who are citizens of permanent residents of Kazakhstan and who are treated in hospitals or persons in Kazakhstan in case of need to care for close relatives|
Most visitors arriving to Kazakhstan were from the following countries of nationality: