Visa Information

Kazakh Visa General Requirements

In general, all foreigners are required to have visas to enter Kazakhstan. To obtain a Kazakh VISA foreign citizen should apply to a Kazakhstan diplomatic/consular institution. You can find a list of them on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs following the link 

According to the New Visa Rules there are 13 visa categories in Kazakhstan:

  1. Diplomatic (ДВ);
  2. Service (Official) (?В);
  3. Investor (ИНВ);
  4. Business (ІСВ);
  5. Private visit (ЖСВ) – (to visit relatives or friends in Kazakhstan);
  6. Tourist (ТСВ);
  7. Missionary (МИВ);
  8. Study (ОУВ);
  9. Medical Treatment (ЕАВ);
  10. Work (ЖЕВ);
  11. Permanent Resident (ТТВ);
  12. Exit (ШЖВ);
  13. Transit (ТВ).

Documents required for the Kazakhstan visa:

  1. Copy of the first two pages of a valid passport (or international travel document),
  2. Copy of Kazakhstan visa support (invitation letter) with a notification of their visa support number by the DCS of the MFA (or the original individual invitation issued by the Police),
  3. The completed visa application form (pdf) and
  4. 1 passport-size photo;
  5. Fee, payable on collection of visa

The passport should not expire earlier than six months after the validity term of the requested visa. Other necessary documents will be determined by the consul at the time of application.

Visas are issued within 7 calendar days from the day that the documents were given to the consulate. Documents are accepted with a visa support letter from the Diplomatic-consular service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In order to get a single entry official, private, tourist or business visa to Kazakhstan at the Embassies of Kazakhstan, nationals of the following countries do not need a letter of invitation (Kazakhstan visa support): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Singapore, the USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, France, the Republic of Korea.

Citizens of the following countries do not need entry Kazakhstan visa to visit Kazakhstan: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Byelorussia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine.

Where to apply for Kazakhstan Visa?

  1. You can apply for the Kazakhstan visa outside of Kazakhstan where a Kazakhstan Embassy or Consulate exists
  2. Nationalities that do not need the letter of invitation can also obtain a tourist visa on arrival at consular posts of the MFA at Astana, Almaty, Atyrau, Uralsk and Ust-Kamenogorsk airports with special applications of travel agencies to the DCS of the MFA.

Get in

Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Ukraine do not need visas to enter Kazakhstan.

Citiziens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, and USA (Jul 2009) can obtain single-entry (up to 30 days) or double-entry (up to 60 days) tourist visas without providing a letter of invitation.

For more information you should contact a Kazakhstan diplomatic mission in your area or Kazakhstan MFA’s website Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.


At a border checkpoint any foreigner above the age of 16 receives a migration card, which must be returned while exiting Kazakhstan.

You must register your visa within five days of entering Kazakhstan if your border entry card has only one stamp. If you stay in Kazakhstan less than five days then you may not need to register but this needs to be confirmed.
If you have 2 stamps, so you have 30 days to be registered.



InterPress IH School provides shared accommodation for the teachers for free. Each teacher has his/her own private room and a shared kitchen and bathroom. All bills are paid by the school (electricity, gas, cold and hot water, local telephone etc), excluding long distance telephone calls, cable TV and internet.

Our apartments have all the necessary furniture: an iron and an ironing board, a washing machine; kitchens are provided with a fridge, a cooker, and a set of dishes. There is usually a TV in each apartment and cable TV can be installed at your request, at the expense of the flat-mates.

There is also an option for you to find your own accommodation. In this case the school will pay you a monthly allowance, given sufficient notice.

We try to locate our teachers close to the schools where they have the majority of their classes. It is possible for teachers to teach at more than one location, so the timetable will allow sufficient time for travel.

About Astana

About Astana

Astana is the capital and second largest city (behind Almaty) of Republic of Kazakhstan. Located in the north-central portion of Kazakhstan, the city is experiencing an economical boom with some of the greatest building projects.

Once a tiny mining town, today the city of Astana is lined with many stores, coffee houses, restaurants, discotheques and even some casinos.

Some modern places and the buildings have become the attractions for the visitors.

Sky Beach Club – a tropical paradise in the heart of the capital! This is a place where dreams come true of those who like to rest on the sea. Tropical beach, warm sand from the Maldives is always available to residents and guests of Astana!

The Aquarium of the Entertainment Centre “Duman” is the first and the only in the CIS. This is the only Aquarium over the world, which is located over 3,000 km away from the ocean.

The volume of water in our Aquarium is 3 million litres and we needed 120 tons of special sea salt to produce this water. More than 2,000 of sea inhabitants, the representatives of 100 species of sea fauna from different parts of the world, live there.

About Almaty

About Almaty

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Located 25 km from Almaty at a height of 1,733 meters above sea level, sits one of the most unique places in the world, the famous Medeo, located in the gorge of the same name. It is situated in the Zaliliski Alatau valley (1,520-1,750 m above sea level).

The skating rink was built in 1972. The skating rink itself is 2.3 meters thick and consists of over 20 different kinds of construction materials. Above it are reinforced concrete plates with 170 km of refrigeration pipes installed inside. The system of ice production has no analogue in the world and is capable of maintaining the ice surface eight months a year.


“Shymbulak Ski Resort” is located in the beautiful Zailiyskiy Alatau mountain at 2,260 m above sea level. It is 25 km from the city center of Almaty City and has an average temperature of +25С in the summer and- 7С in the winter. Ski season is normally begins in December and can run into April.

The ski slopes are served by gondola cars from “Medeu” to the base of “Shymbulak”, 2260 m above sea level. This gondola is the world’s third-longest gondola with a length of 4.5 km.

Shymbulak – this is a place that has something for everyone with a variety of routes, including the soft and gentle slopes for beginners and intermediates skiers and snowboarders as well longer trails for the experts.
You can learn all styles: freestyle, slopestyle, carving, or just a refresher to start your holiday right. Rentals of ski and snowboard are available along with locker facilities.

Located in the resort is a hotel, restaurants, cafe, and coffee shop with a variety of cuisine to suit all tastes.

Shymbulak is a place to relax, not only in winter, but also in summer! The beauty of the mountains is incomparable and must be seen and appreciated. At the foot of the wild and unexplored mountains are long valleys, which are covered with pine forests, amazingly beautiful meadows.

Shymbulak Ski Resort” is a great prospect and is a favorite place for recreation and entertainment for Almaty residents, and tourists.

Night Life

Kazakhstan offers plenty of things to do, see and experience. A large selection of bars, cafes and clubs are situated in all over the country.

The largest city Almaty and the capital Astana are the main nightlife destinations that boast of several modern and well equipped night clubs.

Whatever the type of entertainment you are looking for, certainly you will not get disappointed in Kazakhstan.


If Ever There Were a Land Beset by Paradox, Kazakhstan Is It

How can a nation so little known, considered a wild and harsh country plagued by poverty in fact be the ninth biggest country in the world, prosperous and civilised? A country whose wild beauty and diverse population breathe life into every aspect of its post-communist identity, from the might of its brave new economy to a proud reluctance to let go of its traditional past. It is a multi-ethnic multi-lingual community without the scarcest hint of racial or religious tension. Its people are hospitable, welcoming and interesting. The landscape boasts some of the most breathtaking natural beauty to be seen anywhere, and there is something to suit every taste. Let’s have a closer look.

Spanning two time zones, this country situated in the heart of Eurasia is rich in landscape with native zones varying from true deserts, steppes, savannas, wild forests, pristine lakes and rivers, mountains and glaciers. With two thirds of the country given to steppes and deserts it is a place to enjoy the freedom and happiness of the ancient nomads. Untouched mountain nature and glaciers up to 7,000 in the Tien Shan are a natural paradise within a half an hour from the largest of Kazakhstan’s cities, Almaty. Other unique natural wonders include deep spectacular canyons like The Charyn Canyon which extends for 154 km NE-SW and attracts tourists with its gorgeous nature, abundant wild fauna and flora and wildlife charm.

Beautiful rivers flow through the lands of Kazakhstan, steppe and mountain rivers, both providing possibilities for recreation and tourism. The scenery is made complete by fresh waterfalls. Nature generously gave us gorgeous lakes in picturesque surroundings (Balkhash Lake, Alakol Lake, Big Almaty Lake, Kaindy Lake, Kolsay Lakes, Shalkar Lake and many more). You can relax on the beach of a large water reservoir, constructed in an Almaty satellite city, Kapchagai. The west of Kazakhstan is washed by the waters of The Caspian Sea, the largest inland sea in the world. There is also the Aral Sea that used to be the third largest lake in the world. Natural beauty, pristine scenery, abundant flora and fauna are preserved in a number of nature reserves and national parks; they are most attractive tourist routes. The depths of Kazahkstan’s vast territory are extremely rich in natural resources, of 105 mineral elements of the periodic table 99 are discovered which allows Kazakhstan to be ranked the sixth country in the world by natural resources (worth 10 trillion USD).


The Great Silk Road led through the heartland of the nomads and united the exotic flavours of the east with western civilizations and all their ancient history, cultural traditions, religious beliefs, scientific and technical achievements and precious goods. The South of Kazakhstan flourished as the caravans of the Silk Road passed with unbelievable treasures like gems and silks, spices and dyes, gold and silver, exotic birds and animals, as well as the wisdom and power of medieval civilizations and cultures.

There are few countries in the world today with such a variety of ethnic and religious groups as Kazakhstan. The total population of Kazakhstan, where hospitality is a national character trait, makes up about 15million people. It is a home for over 120 ethnic groups: Kazakhs, Russians, Ukrainians, Germans, Koreans, Poles, Greeks, Tatars, Turks and many other nationalities. Both national and religious freedom and tolerance are the hallmark of this country where east and west meet to build a happy multinational home in today’s world. The tolerance and peaceful cooperation can serve as an example to other nations of our planet.