Kazakhstan

Individual - Other issues

Last reviewed - 18 February 2020

Temporary visas

Application package includes a Letter of invitation (LOI) from a host organisation in Kazakhstan, a passport photo and the completed application form. The timeline for obtaining a visa is 10 business days, and the consular fee is approx. 200$. Usually visitors are applying to the nearest country where Kazakhstan embassy or consulate is available. 

In December 2019 the Ministry of Internal Affairs launched an online application for a Letter of invitation (LOI) on its website (www.vmp.gov.kz). This service is available for the following types of visas:

  1. single entry Business visas category B1, B2 and B3 
  2. single entry Private visa category B10

The process takes up to 5 business days from the date of submission. 

Based on the LOI, a foreign national may also obtain an electronic visa (e-visa) for Kazakhstan, if applicable. It is important to note that entry to Kazakhstan under an e-visa is possible only through the International Airports of Nur-Sultan and Almaty.

The citizens of the following countries are able to visit Kazakhstan on a visa free regime for 30 days for each entry. The total duration of stay shall not exceed 90 days within 180 days:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Colombia 
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Great Britain
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Vatican
  • Vietnam

 The purpose of visit – business, tourism or private only. Work is not allowed. 

Work permits

Foreign workers are required to have the proper visas and work permits in Kazakhstan, as established by immigration laws.  Work permits must be secured for employees, and sponsored by a locally incorporated entity. 

Citizens of Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) members - Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia - are exempt from Work Permit and work visa.

The most common scenario used by companies engaging the foreign personnel  to Kazakhstan are:

  • intra-corporate transfer
  • provision of foreign personnel (secondment)
  • direct hire

Attraction of foreign personnel to Kazakhstan is allowed only within the limits of the quota, which is the annual number of foreign workers employed by the Government for labour in Kazakhstan. Companies should apply for quota by 1 August on an annual basis. Certain engagement options are exempt from quota requirement. 

Generally work permits are issued within the quota for:

  • The first category - CEO and deputies only. Up to 3 years, extensions are allowed for 1, 2 or 3 years;

  • The second and third categories - Heads of Structural divisions, departments and specialists. Up to 1 year, extension is allowed for 3 times; overall validity is up to 4 years;
  • The fourth category - skilled workers. Up to one year, no extension is available.

Starting 28 April 2018, Kazakhstan legal entities with 100% foreign ownership are no longer required to apply for work permits for foreign individuals acting as CEO or deputies.

The application for work permit is done online and takes up to 35-40 calendar days after the submission of documents to the Labour Authorities.

Registration requirements

Registration of passports with Migration Authorities has been cancelled for foreign nationals arriving in Kazakhstan on a visa free regime. Duration of stay is 30 calendar days. This can be extended up to one year by obtaining a temporary residence permit.

In the period of three working days after arrival in Kazakhstan Migration Authorities must be notified on a foreign national arrival through one of the following ways: 

  1. the Visa Migration Portal; 
  2. the eGov website; 
  3. submission of written notification to the relevant Migration Authority.