Kazakhstan, US reciprocally introduce 10-year business and tourism visas

ASTANA (TCA) — The U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Kazakhstan has announced the introduction of longer-term validity business and tourism visas for Kazakhstan citizens. Starting from December 29, 2016, qualified Kazakhstani applicants will receive visas valid for multiple visits to the United States within ten years.

“The introduction of ten-year-validity business and tourism visas lets Kazakhstani and American citizens spend more time planning their travel and less time worrying about visa forms,” the U.S. Ambassador in Kazakhstan George Krol said.

The announcement of reciprocal simplification of visa requirements comes as the United States and Kazakhstan mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ambassador Krol noted the anniversary, stating, “This development highlights the strong partnership that our two countries have forged over the last twenty five years, and symbolizes the United States’ commitment to friendship with the people of Kazakhstan in the decades to come.”

Simultaneously, Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs introduced ten-year validity visas for U.S. business and tourism visitors to Kazakhstan. In addition, starting January 1, U.S. citizens visiting Kazakhstan for fewer than 30 days can do so without a visa.

The cost to apply for a business or tourism visa remains $160. Full information on the visa application process is available at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/kz.

The cost of the ten-year-validity visa is the same as the cost of the five-year visa – $160.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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