Last year the Kazakhstan abolished visas with 20 developed countries. Now the country continues steps to ease the visa regime. To create favorable conditions for foreign tourists during EXPO-2017 in Astana, the government of Kazakhstan is going to provide the visa free access to OECD members.
The EXPO-2017 in Astana will take place from June to September 2017. Preparation for the event provides active contacts with almost all states of the world.
Starting from January 1, 2017, countries with visa-free access will include the OECD members, Malaysia, Monaco, the UAE and Singapore – said Rapil Zhoshybayev, Commissioner for EXPO-2017, during the 159th General Assembly of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris.
Today, Kazakhstan offers a visa-free regime to citizens of Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.
The new countries whose citizens will not require a visa from January 1st for travel to Kazakhstan are: Austria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates, United States.
What is more, the head of state has set the task to open the sky over Astana with the new flights to Europe, Arab states and Asia including South-East Asia. To ensure that tourists have a comfortable experience during their visit to the exhibition and their stay in Astana, the state authorities are focused on improving the tourism infrastructure in Kazakhstan.