The government of Kazakhstan has added China, India and Iran to its visa-free program.

Key Points:

  • Chinese, Indian and Iranian nationals can now stay in Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 14 days per trip.
  • Travelers from countries eligible for the visa-free program can conduct unpaid business activities, including attending a meeting or conference, among others.
  • Those from countries eligible for the visa-free program can stay in Kazakhstan for up to 42 days within a 180-day period.

Additional Information: Travelers who violate entry and exit requirements under the visa-free program may be fined or sanctioned and can be banned from entering the country for up to five years. More information regarding Kazakhstan’s visa-free travel is available here.

BAL Analysis: Travelers from China, India and Iran no longer need to use the 72-hour visa-free transit program when traveling through Kazakhstan as they are now included in the visa-free program. Those entering Kazakhstan through the visa-free program are reminded that conducting paid activities is prohibited.

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