Known for its high mountains, green valleys, vast lying deserts, stunning lakes, and the diverse wildlife, Kazakhstan is quite a popular tourist destination. The Kazakhstan tourist visa has certainly been a revelation, helping bring over 6 million tourists every year.
Also known as the B12 visa, the tourist permit is an endorsement that lets people enter the Republic of Kazakhstan for the purpose of tourism. It is only mandatory for nationalities that are not on the visa-exemption list. The Kazakhstan tourist visa from India is provided as a stamp in the passport. It can be issued as a single-entry type for a maximum stay duration of 30 days in a 90-day validity, or it can be issued as a multiple-entry type with a stay duration of 30 days on each entry in a 90-day validity.
The application for the Kazakhstan tourist visa for Indian citizens has to be made offline. Before starting the application, ensure that you are eligible to travel to the country on a tourist visa. After that, you can proceed to make the application as follows -
In order to apply for the tourist category, you must meet the following eligibility criteria -
As per the Kazakhstan tourist visa requirements, the following are the set of documents you must submit at the embassy -
The Kazakhstan tourist visa photo requirements are as follows -
The time taken to process the tourist permit depends on the number of entries, the volume of applications at the embassy, as well as on the authenticity of your documents. Normally, they are processed within 5 working days. However, in certain cases, this may take longer. As a result, ensure that you apply well in advance.
The fees for the process depends mainly on the number of entries. It can also vary slightly depending on the foreign exchange rates as the fees listed on the embassy website is mentioned in USD. Apart from this, there may be additional services charges if you are applying through a travel agency. As a result, check the exact amount before starting the application.
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Once you have submitted your application, the embassy will begin processing it. During this period, you cannot modify or withdraw the application. As a result, ensure that you provide a correct application. Once the visa has been processed, you can collect your passport from the embassy directly during the allocated hours (11:30 am to 01:00 pm) on the working days.
Since the tourist visa application process is done offline, there is no method to track it online. However, you may contact the embassy via email to know the status. You can also contact your travel agency to have them check the status for you.
Once you have received your tourist visa for Kazakhstan, you must keep in mind a few points as it is essential in order to have a hassle-free trip.
Before you travel -
At the border
It is not possible to extend a tourist Kazakh visa under normal conditions. Although, in certain extreme cases where you can show that you have a case of a Force Majeure, you may apply for an extension. These include humanitarian reasons, medical reasons, or other factors that prevent you from returning to your home country.
After expiring the tourist permit, you cannot stay back in the country any longer. You are expected to leave the country on or before the date of expiry. Staying back after this period is considered as an offence. You will be asked to pay hefty fines and even be deported.
Being valid for only a maximum of 90 days, there are no medical requirements for the tourist visa. However, longer stay visas may require you to get a medical test report. Although, it is suggested that you get a medical check-up done before travelling to a new country.
No, it is strictly not possible or allowed to convert the tourist permit into a work permit. As per the regulations, you must not seek work or engage in work during your stay. If you do require to work, you must return to your home country and apply for a work visa.
As per the embassy requirements, there is no fixed amount that is required for you to apply for the tourist permit. In fact, the embassy does not demand any financial proof. However, to ensure that you do not face difficulties during your stay, it is suggested that you possess enough funds to support your stay in the country.
The tourist visas are issued fast. In fact, the processing time is only about 5 working days. As a result, you can apply up to 5 days before your travel date. However, it is suggested to keep an additional 2 days buffer in order to accommodate the back and forth travel to the embassy. Although, as per recommendation, you are suggested to apply about 10 days in advance.