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Posted: 2018-12-08 - Last updated 2021-03-23
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Region: Central Asia

Pandemic Travel Alert

PARTIALLY OPEN: only accepting leisure travel from or to designated areas

Most recent update: 2020-11-04 - Suspension of visa-free entry extended to 1 May 2021


General Policy
  1. Starting 17 August 2020, flights resumed from/to Belarus, Egypt, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and Ukraine.
  2. Only citizens of the countries with which Kazakhstan resumed direct flights, and who are arriving from that country on a direct flight can enter.
  1. "Kazakhstan Eases Travel Restrictions but COVID-19 Test Still a Must for Travelers from Poland, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan"
  2. Air Astana Coronavirus update [see last section]

COVID-19 Related Entry Requirements

  1. Embassy of Kazakhstan reports: "The government of Kazakhstan has temporarily suspended its unilateral visa-free regime for citizens of 57 states, including the United States, on 17 April 2020. The suspension of the visa free regime is effective until 1 November 2020 [ extended to 1 May 2021 ]. The above means that the citizens of the United States who are planning to visit Kazakhstan before 1 November 2020 [ now 1 May 2021 ] will need to obtain a visa of the appropriate category at their assigned consular section office".
  2. Effective 4 November 2020, issuance of Tourist, Student, and Work visa is suspended.
  1. Embassy of Kazakhstan: "Suspension of the Visa-free Regime"
  2. Embassy of Kazakhstan, Visa & Passport Services
  • Starting 26 October 2020, All inbound travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test , not older than 72 hours, when crossing the border of Kazakhstan. The PCR test result may be provided both in paper and in electronic format (on smartphone).

(Source: "Kazakhstan: COVID-19 PCR tests mandatory for all inbound passengers from Oct 26" )


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Pre-pandemic visa rules


Passport Validity
3 months
- Transit without visa is available at Almaty and Astana airports, for travellers with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 24 hours. Must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.
Dual Nationality
U.S. policy on dual nationality can be found here.