Visas and Passport

Visa application process to Republic of Kazakhstan may seem a bit complicated. However, as you are attending IPHO 2014 most of the issues related to visa application process will be waived and simplified by the support of the organizing committee. 

The following is the regular process of obtaining a visa to Kazakhstan:

Step 1Find out if you need a visa to Kazakhstan at all?

Certain countries can enter Kazakhstan without any visa. Please follow the link below or download the document to find out the visa regime of Kazakhstan with other countries.  Look at ordinary passport unless you have special diplomatic or service passports.

http://mfa.gov.kz/en/#!/consular_issues/visa_regime_of_kazakhstan_with_other_countries/

Document visa countries (линк загрузить документ)

Step 2:  If you need a visa, find out if you have a consulate of Kazakhstan in your country?   

Currently, Kazakhstan maintains 55 embassies abroad as well as 59 consulates and 2 other representations. The Kazakhstan capital Astana hosts 62 embassies, and in addition there are 40 consulates and 6 other representations in Kazakhstan.  It may sound a bit counterintuitive, but if you don’t have a consulate of Kazakhstan in your country, you are lucky because you can obtain a visa right at the airport upon arrival.  Visas can be issued at all the international airports located in Almaty, Astana, Aktau, Atyrau, Ust-Kamenogorsk and Uralsk.  There will be special IPHO visa booth at the Astana International Airport.  We recommend you to arrive to Astana. However, if you are arriving to international airports other than Astana please let the organizing committee know in advance so that we can notify airports of your arrival. In case if you don’t have a consulate you can go directly to Step 5 “VISA SUPPORT”.

Please follow the link below to find out if you have a consulate in your home country.  Look at the list under “Kazakh Consulates abroad”.

http://www.embassypages.com/kazakhstan

 In case if you have a consulate in your country you will have to apply for a visa in consulates of Kazakhstan in your home countries.  This is done either by mail/post or in person depending on consulates rule in your home countries. You may need to contact them in advance to find out the exact procedure of obtaining a visa to Kazakhstan.  However, in general procedures are standards and explained below in steps 3 and 4.

Step 3:  If you have a consulate, find out if you need a Visa Support?   

The following countries do not require Visa Support and can apply directly to local Kazakhstan consulates at their home countries.

 Australia, Austria, United States of America, Belgium, United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Denmark, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, Jordan, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Qatar, Cyprus, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Hungary, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Great Britain, Finland, France, Croatia, Check Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia.

Please contact your local consulate for the exact visa application process. However, the typical process should be the following:

·         Make sure you have at least 2 clean sheets in your passport

·         Visa expiration date must be no less than 3 months before passport expiration date

·         Fill in visa application form   (линкдокументVisa Application Form)

·         Submit visa application form, passport and one photo 3.5x4.5 to consulate

  Step 4:  If you have a consulate and you require a Visa Support?   

Please contact your local consulate for the exact visa application process. However, the typical process should be the following:

·         Obtain Visa Support documents from us (see Step 5)

·         Make sure you have at least 2 clean sheets in your passport

·         Visa expiration date must be no less than 3 months before passport expiration date

·         Fill in visa application form   (линкдокументVisa Application Form)

·         Submit visa application form, passport and one photo 3.5x4.5 to consulate

Step 5:  If you require Visa Support?   

If you require a visa and don’t have a Kazakhstan consulate in your home country, or have a consulate but still require Visa Support (those countries not shown in Step 3, you will need Visa Support Services. Basically, Visa Support Services is a process performed by the Kazakhstan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Astana, Kazakhstan in order to verify your eligibility to enter Kazakhstan.  The verification process is done jointly with the National Security Agency to confirm that you don’t belong to any criminal or terrorist organization. All the Visa Support processes will be done by the organizing committee here locally in Astana. Upon completion of the verification process, you will receive by mail Visa Support Letter that you need to show at the airport or consulate when obtaining your visa.  

Note: Since Visa Support depends on actual names of each country team members, we kindly ask you to notify us with all the participants in advance as soon as practicable (at least one month in advance or even earlier if possible).

Download:

Visa Application Form.doc

Visa countries.doc

Visa regime.doc

Астана Павлодар

Астана - новое имя новой столицы Казахстана. Прежнее же название города - Акмола (ранее Акмолинск).

Есть несколько версий происхождения этого названия. Первая гласит, что город Акмола был назван в честь холма из известняка белого цвета. Вторая версия принадлежит византийскому автору Прокопиусу. Он писал в своих трудах, что гунны называли «мола» высокий холм или крепость. И третий вариант: Акмола всегда была главным центром ярмарок рогатого скота, известной изобилием и разнообразием мясомолочных продуктов (кумыс, айран, курт, шубат и т.д.). Следовательно, название города переводится как «белое святое место» или «белое изобилие».

В Казахской Советской энциклопедии написано, что «Акмола – это сооружение из белого камня, над четырехугольными стенами которого воздвигнут купол, напоминающий верхнюю часть юрты или половинку шара. Сверкающий на солнце купол был виден издалека, что и придавало особую красоту берегам реки Есиль». Поэтому название Акмола и стало названием этого края.

Cтепи Акмолы издревле были местом, где встречались различные культуры и цивилизации. В середине первого тысячелетия до н.э историк Геродот упоминал маршрут через Большую Степь (позже Великий Шелковый Путь), который пролегал именно здесь. Караванные пути способствовали расцвету торговли и кустарного промысла в городах, традиционно занятых животноводством и сельским хозяйством.

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