Kazakhstan eyeing extension of visa-free travel regime for citizens of investing countries

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry is considering the possible extension of the visa-free travel regime for citizens of ten investing countries. The regime was put into place in July 2014 for a yearlong period.

The Kazakh Foreign Ministry is considering the possible extension of the visa-free travel regime for citizens of ten investing countries. The regime was put into place in July 2014 for a yearlong period.

Senior ministry officials met on Wednesday to discuss last year's decision of the national government to offer a visa-free travel regime to citizens of the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea and Japan amongst other issues, the ministry wrote on Facebook.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov stressed the importance of a timely and comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness of the pilot project introducing a 15-day visa-free travel regime for citizens of the aforesaid countries. The project launched on July 15, 2014, will expire on July 15, 2015.

"Considering the requests of countries involved in this project to extend the validity of this regime and the governments of some other countries wishing to join the project, the Foreign Ministry is studying the effectiveness of the project for Kazakhstan and the possibility of its extension and broader geography," the report said.

It also said that cochairman seats of Kazakh government members on intergovernmental commissions for cooperation with foreign states in a broad range of fields and issues had been re-distributed.

"This format of regular meetings between Kazakh delegations consisting of representatives of every interested ministry and department and their opposite numbers from other states makes it possible to keep abreast of every bilateral cooperation event, to ensure the comprehensive fulfillment of previous agreements and to mull over new ways of collaboration," the ministry said.

Kazakhstan declared yearlong visa-free travel for foreign investors from ten countries on July 15, 2014. Throughout that period, citizens of the ten countries possessing diplomatic, official and regular international passports are entitled to multi-entry visits and transit across Kazakhstan without visas for a period of up to 15 calendar days from the day they cross the Kazakh border.

 

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