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Travel Advisory, Visas & Registration

Travel Advisory

Please consult the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs web site for updated information, including the most recent Consular Information Sheet for Kazakhstan. Americans living or traveling in Kazakhstan are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Kazakhstan. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of an emergency. Depending on the time of year, the U.S. Embassy in Astana and the U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Almaty are 10 or 11 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (Kazakhstan does not observe day light savings). The Consular section can be reached at e-mail: USAKZ@state.gov or web site: kazakhstan.usembassy.gov/service.html

Kazakstani Visa

U.S. business travelers should obtain a Kazakhstani visa prior to arrival through Kazakhstani embassies abroad. Travelers may reach the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the U.S. in Washington, DC at 1401 16th St, N.W., Washington, DC 20036; Tel: (202) 232-5488; Fax: (202) 232-5845, washington@kazakhembus.com , or the Consulate in New York at 866 UN Plaza, Suite 586 A, New York (1st Ave and 48th St), N.Y.; Tel: 202-230-19-00 or 202-230-1192; Fax 202-230-11-72; kzconsulny@un.intkazconsul@veriomail.comKazakh.consul@verizon.net

http://www.kazconsulny.org.

The Embassy of Kazakhstan requires a completed visa application form; the applicant's passport (not a photocopy); one passport-size photo; and a letter of invitation from a sponsoring institution in Kazakhstan (note: an invitation letter is no longer required if applying for a single-entry visa). Two types of invitations usually suffice – an invitation from a registered Kazakhstani sponsor (an individual or organization), or from a Kazakhstan-based organization. Visas are absolutely necessary in Kazakhstan: travelers risk being deported if they do not have valid visas. All travelers transiting Kazakhstan must obtain a Kazakhstani transit visa, which is valid for three days.

In December 2007, the cost of a transit visa was $30. A one-month single entry visa cost $70. Visas for up to three-month stays cost $70 (single entry). To obtain a multiple entry visa, the fee is $210 for a stay of up to one year and $410 for a stay of up to two years. Note: Visa fees change often and with little notice. It is expected that the fee rate will change in March 2008. Please check with the nearest Kazakhstani Embassy for up-to-date information.

Registration

All travelers must register with the Migration Police of Kazakhstan (formerly Office of Visas and Registration (OVIR)) within three days of arriving in the country. Fines may be levied at the airport and departures delayed if the proper registration from the Migration Police is not obtained. If you are invited by a local firm, the local firm can assist with visa registration procedures. All U.S. citizens arriving in Kazakhstan through the country's twelve international airports, the railroad crossing at Dostyk (Druzhba), land crossings at Khorgos, Dostyk, Bakhty, Maikapchagai, Kordai and Kolzhat, and at the seaports of Aktau and Bautino should automatically be registered in Kazakhstan. As proof of registration, you receive a migration card with two oval entry and registration stamps from the Border Service of Committee of National Security of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The automatic registration is valid for three months. For stays longer than 90 days, travelers should register with the Migration Police in the jurisdiction where they reside in Kazakhstan.

Migration Police, Astana

29 Seyfullin St (Between Beibetshilik Ave & Auezov St)

Tel: 7-7172-716-179; Fax: 7-7172-716-181

Open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Migration Police, Almaty

109A Karasai Batyr St (near Nikolsky Bazar)

Tel: 7-727-263-5462; 254-4145

If for any reason a U.S. citizen does not receive a registration card immediately upon arrival in Kazakhstan, the traveler should register with the Migration Police in the city where they are staying within five calendar days. Visitors who do not register may have to pay fines upon departure and their departure may be delayed.

Visitors registering a long-term (more than three months) stay, must present a certificate indicating a negative HIV test conducted no more than one month before registration. Evidence of an HIV test performed abroad is acceptable. Testing also may be done at the Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS (7 Talgarskaya St, Almaty).