We all know how exhausting and apprehending it can be when you are trying to apply for a visa to a new country. If you are looking for information on how to obtain Kazakhstan Visa for Indian tourists, then you have come to the right place.
In this article, I have outlined everything you need to know to apply for a Kazakhstan visa from India!
Firstly, let’s talk about how you can apply for the Kazakhstan Visa. Similar to most countries, Kazakhstan offers three different ways in which you can apply for a visa here: E-Visa, Visa on Arrival, and Applying at the Embassy.
Each method has its own set of pros and cons and I will be discussing them in detail below.
Well, thanks to the new rules and processes, there are a lot of countries that actually don’t need a visa in order to enter Kazakhstan.
Basically, citizens of these countries don’t need a visa in advance or at the border to enter and stay in Kazakhstan. They will only get a stamp at the Customs desk and a registration card to be filled by the Migration Officer.
This visa-free policy is applicable for entry from all seaports, airports, and land borders.
Here is a list of countries and regions whose ordinary passport holders don’t require a visa for 30 days:
Apart from the above-mentioned countries, this list of countries can enter Kazakhstan visa-free along with the entry criteria:
The nationals of the below-mentioned countries who hold a valid Kyrgyzstan visa can visit the border districts of the Jambul and Almaty regions to see places like the big Almaty Lake . However, this is only possible as long as your Kyrgyzstan visa is valid.
Apart from the above-mentioned scenarios, citizens who hold diplomatic and service category passports also get a free stay in Kazakhstan. You can check out more information about them on the Visa Policy of Kazakhstan.
For citizens who have no restrictions on their free stay, it is easy to re-enter the country as many times as they like. In fact, you can easily re-enter the same day as well and you will get a fresh 30-days free stay for yourself.
This is how most of the above-mentioned country citizens end up staying in this gorgeous country for 6-7 months at a time.
Applying at an embassy is easy, especially if you know the process well. The only thing which you need to focus on is to get your documents ready beforehand.
In order to help you out in applying through the embassy, we have mentioned the brief process below. I have further discussed each part in detail in the later sections.
Kazakhstan Embassy office usually follows the Kazakhstan holidays. So, you won’t be able to drop or pick up your documents during these days.
An easier and simpler method for applying for a Kazakhstan visa is to obtain an e-visa for this country. Starting from January 2019, citizens from 117 countries and regions can apply for an e-visa for tourism purposes.
But you will need an LOI in order to get the e-visa. And the visa is a single-entry visa applicable for 30 days only.
For business e-visa, citizens of only 23 countries can apply. If you get an e-visa, then you can enter Kazakhstan through Almaty or Astana airport only.
You can check out the list of countries that are eligible for e-visa and decide if you can apply for it.
Make sure that you have your LOI ready before you start applying for the e-visa. Once you have the LOI, you can follow the below steps to proceed with your application.
Although e-visa process was introduced in 2019, it is currently WIP. So, you still need to apply via embassy or get a Visa on arrival for Kazakhstan. Email the Kazakhstan embassy or call them up to check if the e-visa has started working or not before you apply.
For people who belong to a country without a Kazakh diplomatic mission, it is possible to get a pre-arranged visa for 1 month. They can get the visa on arrival after paying the visa fee of USD 80 and showing a legitimate invitation letter. You will also need to get approval from the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs and can only enter through one of the following checkpoints:
You can check whether you fall under the VOA by checking if your country is present in this list of diplomatic missions of Kazak. If it doesn’t then you can get VOA if you have the LOI and approval in place.
For tourists whose country is present in this list, you can search if you come in the Visa-free regime or e-visa option. If not, then you will need to apply for a visa at the Kazakh embassy in your country.
If you aren’t going to stay in Kazakhstan for more than 5 days or actually have a layover here, then you can also apply for the Kazakhstan Transit Visa.
You can get a single-entry or multiple-entry transit visa which can cost you anywhere between 10 – 20 USD. For applying for the transit visa at the embassy, you need to show proof of onward travel: visa for the final destination and transportation proof.
In the Single Entry transit visa, you can stay for up to 5 days in Kazakhstan in a 90-days timeframe and will be allowed a single entry. In the Multiple Entry transit visa, you can stay for up to 5 days in Kazakhstan for multiple entries in a 180-days timeframe.
Passport holders of India can stay in Kazakhstan for 72 hours without any visa. This program is currently effective till December 31, 2020, but there are a lot of criteria that have to be met in order to avail of this.
Criteria for obtaining 72-hour Transit Free Visa in Kazakhstan:
This Air Astana transit-free visa regime is applicable to both groups and individual passengers. Here are a few guidelines to follow if you are planning to avail this opportunity:
Currently, the Visa-Free transit program has been suspended till 1 July, 2020 due to the ongoing crisis.
For citizens who don’t belong to the visa-free category, you will need to obtain a letter of invitation (Visa Support) in order to apply for the visa for Kazakhstan. Most travel agencies in Kazakhstan and Central Asia travel specialists offer LOI for visa applications.
Your Visa Support needs to be approved by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan if you need a tourist visa.
However, there are around 48 countries that don’t need an LOI for Single Entry Service Visa (A3), Business Visa (B1, B3), Private Visa (B10), and Tourist Visa (B12). These countries have to submit a Letter of Request instead of the Invitation Letter. You can check out this list of countries that don’t require the LOI.
If you need an LOI to apply for the visa, then you can contact one of the travel agencies like Leela Internationals, Kazakh Service Center, etc. They usually charge USD 30 to 100 depending on your visa type. For Visa on arrival, mention this clearly to the travel agent when applying for the LOI. This is because not all travel agencies can provide you with an LOI that is suitable for VOA.
Make sure that you apply for the LOI a month before your trip and at least 1-2 weeks before applying for the Visa. It can take anywhere between 1-2 weeks to get an approved LOI.
One of the most important things to determine when applying for the Kazakhstan visa is the right visa category. Kazakhstan offers around 39 types of visas so you will need to choose the suitable one for your needs.
You can find more information about the types of visas that are offered here in this Visa categories list. In our article, we will be solely focusing on how to get a Tourist Visa for Kazakhstan.
For Tourist Visa, you need to apply to the Kazakh embassy in your country. If your country doesn’t have an embassy, then find out which embassy is responsible for your country or if you are applying for the Visa on Arrival option.
There are only two types of Tourist Visas currently available for Kazakhstan: Single Entry Visa and Multiple Entry Visa.
Validity of the Visa: 90 Days
Allowed Stay: 30 days (maximum)
Allowed Entries: 1
Cost: USD 20 – 100
Validity of the Visa: 90 Days
Allowed Stay: 30 days (maximum) for each entry
Allowed Entries: unlimited
Cost: USD 200
The validity of the visa starts from the date you fill in the form.
With a multiple entry visa, you can stay for maximum 30 days on each visit. However, you can re-enter on the same day as well after your visa runs for the 30 days. This way, you will be allocated fresh 30 days on every entry.
Now, this article might have intimidated you a little bit but there is honestly no need to be scared. The visa process for Kazakhstan for Indians is quite simple and straightforward. Here is everything that you need to know to apply for a Tourist Visa for Kazakhstan.
For applying for a visa through the Embassy of Kazakhstan in India, you need to be a resident of India or Sri Lanka. Also, you will need to be present while dropping and picking up the documents unless you are applying for a diplomatic/service visa.
In order to apply for the Kazakhstan Tourist Visa (B12), you will need an approved Invitation Letter (Visa Support) for your visit. The approval needs to be given by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan. There are 48 countries that don’t require an Invitation Letter but sadly, India is not one of them. You can get this arranged by one of the Kazakh travel agencies for a nominal fee.
As mentioned above, you can either apply for a single entry tourist visa or a multiple-entry tourist visa.
That’s it. You now have a valid visa to head to Kazakhstan. So, book your flight and pack your bags.
Application Drop-Off Timings: 09:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Application Pick-UpTimings: 11:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m.
Working Days of Consular Office: Weekdays (except Wednesdays and Public Holidays in Kazakhstan)
Account No.: 9811251410
Receiver: Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Bank Name: Kotak Mahindra Bank
Branch: D-10, No. 1 & 2, Local Shopping Centre, D-Block, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi 110057
Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in India
F 6/7 Vasant Vihar
New Delhi – 110057
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Note: For Visa applications, you need to go to the back door of the embassy. It is a small black door just behind the embassy street.
For Visa Fee, you will need to buy USD first before you can deposit the amount. The embassy needs a payment proof mentioning USD in it and not the equivalent INR amount.
There is only 1 embassy in India which is in Delhi. So, if you want to apply personally, you need to come to Delhi to apply.
If it is not possible to come to Delhi, then you can take any online Travel Agent services to manage your Visa. It will be costly and can cost you anywhere between 70 – 120 USD.
One of the most complicated and confusing parts of applying for the Kazakhstan Visa was filling out the Visa Form. And it was more befuddling for us because we are self-employed currently.
But now since we have our Visa approved, here is everything you need to know to fill out the Kazakhstan Tourist Visa Form. It will be easy to fill out the common details like name, sex, date of birth, etc. so I will be focusing on other fields which could be confusing.
Occupation (Educational Background and Position): Enter your graduation degree information and your current work status. If you are working in a company, mention the company name and your job profile like Analyst, Manager, Sales Representative, etc.
For people who are self-employed and entrepreneurs, you can enter the same. But you will need to mention your company’s name. For ourselves, we mentioned our blog name and stated ourselves as Travel Bloggers.
Place of Work: This will be your home address if you are freelancing or your personal office if you are an entrepreneur.
Type of Passport: Most people have ordinary passports so you can check that option.
Number: Enter your Passport Number here.
Date of Issue: Enter the date when your Passport was issued. This information can be found on the first page of your passport.
Issued By: Mention the place where your passport was issued, including the city and country. This information can be found on the first page of your passport too.
Valid Till: Enter the date till which your passport is valid which can be found on the first page too.
Inviting Organization (Tel, Address): You will need to enter the details of the travel agency from where you got your LOI. Mention the address and the telephone number too.
Places of Destination in the Republic of Kazakhstan: Make sure that the places you mention here match your Trip Itinerary document.
The First Place of Entry into Kazakhstan: Depending on your entry check-point, you can fill any city like Almaty, Astana, Atyrau, etc.
Temporary Address in Kazakhstan: Fill in the first city’s hotel/hostel address where you are likely to stay.
Who is paying for your cost of traveling and for your costs of living during your stay in Kazakhstan?
We filled ‘Self’ for this section.
Have you got insurance for the period of your stay in Kazakhstan?
You need to check ‘Yes’ for this question and get good travel insurance for your stay.
If yes, please indicate its validity and the name of the insurance company
You will need to mention your Travel Insurance Company Name and the duration of your insurance validity here.
In case of transit through Kazakhstan, have you got an entry visa or residence permit for your destination?
You will need to fill in ‘Yes’ for this question for applying for the Transit visa. On the other hand, for the tourist visa for Kazakhstan, you can leave it blank.
If yes, indicate the country of destination: Here, you need to mention the destination country for your transit through Kazakhstan. Leave it blank if you are applying for a tourist visa.
Border point through which entry is planned: Mention the border from where you will be entering your final destination. Leave blank for tourist visa application.
Route of transit: Enter the route for your flight, train, or bus to your destination country. Leave blank for Tourist Visa.
Period of requested visa: In this, you need to mention the start and end dates required for your Visa validity.
Number of entries requested: In this, you will select between the single entry visa and the multiple entry visas.
The customs process is quite simple and easy at the Kazakhstan Airports. Make sure that you carry a pen with you to fill the Migrational Card.
On this card, you need to fill in your family name (surname), first name, nationality, the purpose of visit, inviting party (travel agency who provided the LOI), home address (temporary address in Kazakhstan), Signature, and Entry Date.
After filling out this form, you need to stand in the Passport Control line for ‘Other Foreigners’ and get your Passport stamped by the officer. All in all, it takes just 5 minutes and they might ask you a couple of simple questions about your visit.
You can take your bags after that and exit if you don’t have any custom goods to declare.
It is not possible to get a visa extension here unless you have a medical certificate stating that you are unfit to travel.
If you are a citizen of a country or region which comes under the visa-free option, then you can simply re-enter the country after a day or on the same day. This will re-issue you another 30 days of free stay in Kazakhstan.
Earlier, there were strict consequences for overextending your stay which resulted in 3-weeks of jail time or a 5000 USD fine. However, since 2017, it is possible to overextend your stay without drastic consequences but you will need to show major reasons for delay like flight delay, flight cancellation, hospital visit, etc.
Apart from that, it is also possible to get a B2O exit visa for 15 days when you contact your nearest OVIR station for an extension. The cost of this extension is usually around 1500 – 2500 Tenge.
There is only 1 documented case of visa extension with the help of Exit Visa. So, please don’t depend on this to stay in Kazakhstan for a longer duration.
As mentioned above, the public offices including the embassies aren’t operational on the public holidays celebrated in Kazakhstan. So, make sure that you avoid applying for the Kazakhstan visa during the below-mentioned holidays for 2022.
|January, 1 – 2||New Year|
|March, 8||International Women’s Day|
|May, 1||Kazakhstan’s People Solidarity Holiday|
|May, 7||Defenders’ day|
|May, 9||Victory Day (day-off transfer from 4th May to the 10th of May)|
|July, 6||Capital Day (day off slips to the 8th of July)|
|August, 30||Constitution Day of the RK|
|December, 1||First President Day (day off slips to the 2nd of December)|
|December, 16 – 17||Kazakhstan Independence Day|
Currently, you don’t need to register with the Migration Police if you have a 30-day Single Entry Visa. We actually went to get registered but were told that we don’t require it. However, this policy keeps changing so it is always a good idea to try to register at the Migration Police Office. The registration needs to be done in the first 5 days of arrival, including weekends and holidays.
For citizens with a free-visa policy, there is no requirement to register as well. Only people with Multi-entry visa need to register since their migration card will be checked at the birder when exiting or re-entering the country.
Honest, before we applied for the Kazakhstan visa, we thought it is really confusing. But actually, it was quite simple and straightforward. The major hurdle was getting the LOI and preparing a draft in USD. After that, we just had to drop our documents and wait.
And well, once you have your LOI, your visa is basically confirmed. So, if you are unsure about visiting Kazakhstan because of the visa, don’t be.
It is really simple to get a visa once you have the invitation. And then, you can enjoy the wonders that this beautiful country has to offer!