The government of Kazakhstan has decided to expand its visa-free program to 61 countries, permitting their nationals to enter the country and stay there for a specific period of time without the need of getting a visa beforehand.
According to the Migration Service Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan, the government has expanded the list of visa-free countries with 19 more, on a bilateral basis. The move has reportedly been taken in a bid to attract tourists and investment and to create a favorable business climate in the country.
According to the program, passport holders from nine countries, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, and Ukraine will be able to enter Kazakhstan and remain there for up to 90 days without the need to register with the migration service bodies.
On the other hand, nationals of ten countries, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea, Cuba, UAE, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Ecuador will be able to enter and stay in Kazakhstan for up to 30 days, also without the need to register. As for the citizens of Hong Kong, they will be able to stay in Kazakhstan up to 14 days, without registering.
The Central Asian republic has continuously been trying to introduce new ways of luring tourists and investments to the country. A year ago, the Kazakh authorities proposed the establishment of “Asian Schengen Zone” and “Silk Visa”, which would enable foreigners to visit five countries of this region, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan.
Currently, the Kazakhstan passport is placed 69th in the list of world’s passports, out of 109 positions, from the most powerful to the weakest. Its citizens can travel to 75 world countries without the need of getting a visa.
In fact, Kazakhstan has the best passport compared to the other countries of the region, which are positioned as follows:
- Kyrgyzstan placed in the 82nd position
- Tajikistan placed in the 87th position
- Uzbekistan placed in the 88th position
- Turkmenistan placed in the 93rd position
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