Obtaining a visa to Kazakhstan

In accordance with the order of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan of November 3, 2017, No. 11-1-2 / 508, new rates of the consular fee will be put into effect from December 1, 2017. In this regard, all documents considered by the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Ottawa and the Consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Toronto after December 1, 2017 will be processed with regards to the new consular fees. If the payment does not correspond to the new rates of the consular fee, the documents will not be considered. NEW CONSULAR FEES

To obtain a visa to enter Kazakhstan, all applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  1. A cover letter (Ottawa; Toronto), indicating in details the purpose of the visit. (Для граждан, направляющихся в РК с целью посещения родственников необходимо приложить заявление (Оттава; Торонто).
  3. One colour photo (35mm x 45 mm). The photo must be taken at the proper photograph outlet and must be stamped on the back side indicating the date when the photo has been taken. The photo must not be older than six months.
  4. Applicant’s passport and a photocopy of the first page. Copy of the Permanent Resident Card (for non-canadians) or any other document proving legal status in Canada; 
  5. Hotel reservation confirmation (for tourist visa requests only).
  6. For former citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan: a copy of the Loss of Citizenship Certificate (копия справки об утрате гражданства РК) (Cм. Раздел «Вопросы гражданства). For other former soviet republics citizens – proof of their prior citizenship (e.g. copy of the previous passport or landed immigrant paper);
  7. A money order or certified cheque made payable to the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Canada (NO CASH OR PERSONAL CHEQUES). The money order or certified cheque should be in US currency.
  8. If you need your documents to be sent back by mail please enclose a self-addressed prepaid envelope. Please, use Prepaid Canada Post Shipping Envelopes.
  9. If you would like to obtain visas for your children under 16 years of age, please provide in addition to the above documents: copy of child’s Birth Certificate, copies of parents’ passports. If the documents are submitted by mail, please provide a cover letter signed by both parents and notarized. If you are submitting documents in person, presence of both parents is mandatory or please present a notarised consent of the absent parent. Each application for children should contain a full set of the documents mentioned above.  



    In accordance with the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated December 23, 2016 No. 838“About the introduction of amendments to the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated January 21, 2012 No. 148 “On approval of rules for entry and stay of immigrants in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as their departure from the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Rules of migration control, and registration of foreigners and stateless persons illegally crossing the state border of the Republic of Kazakhstan, illegally staying on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as persons who are denied entry to the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan”, citizens of the countries listed beloware exempt from the visa requirements for up to thirty calendar days from the moment of crossing the state border:
  • Click here: to download a list of Countries 
  • Note: Up to thirty calendar days entry registration upon arrival is obtained at passport control check point 

    В соответствии с Постановлением Правительства РК от 23 декабря 2016 года № 838 «О внесении изменений в постановление Правительства Республики Казахстан от 21 января 2012 года № 148 «Об утверждении Правил въезда и пребывания иммигрантов в Республике Казахстан, а также их выезда из Республики Казахстан и Правил осуществления миграционного контроля, а также учета иностранцев и лиц без гражданства, незаконно пересекающих Государственную границу Республики Казахстан, незаконно пребывающих на территории Республики Казахстан, а также лиц, которым запрещен въезд на территорию Республики Казахстан» граждане нижеуказанных стран въезжают в РК и выезжают из РК без виз, если период их пребывания в Республике Казахстан не превышает тридцати календарных дней с момента пересечения Государственной границы Республики Казахстан:
  • Смотрите здесь: Список стран
  • Примечание: Граждане, использующие безвизовый режим, регистрируются в пунктах пропуска через Государственную границу

If you require a visa with more than one entry and more than 30 (thirty) days an invitation is a must. Please, provide in addition to the above the following documents depending on the type of the visa applied for:

  • A covering letter from the applicant or applicant’s company, copy of the invitation letter from a host company in Kazakhstan, the original of which has been submitted to the local migration police department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan. The invitation must clearly indicate the following: name of the applicant; name of inviting company; exact dates of the visit to Kazakhstan. Inviting company should provide the confirmation (visa support/telex) number for your trip; the number for the confirmation is usually given in advance and written on the letter of invitation. Additional documents might be required depending on the type of a visa, e.g. copy of work permit, support letter etc.


  • Home stay visa: A covering letter from the applicant, an original invitation for temporary visit. Your relatives or friends in Kazakhstan can obtain an invitation from the local authorities (Ministry of Internal Affairs) and send the original letter of invitation to your address in Canada. The invitation is valid within one year from the date of issue.

CLICK HERE to download a Visa Fee Chart

CLICK HERE to download a Visa Fee Chart for the citizens of the United States of America

The Rules of staying (of the foreigner) on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan:

Holders of long term visas, by Law, upon arrival, in 5 days should appeal for registration at the local migration police department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan.

The foreigners may also be registered  in automated visa regulations portal of the e-government, in the hotels as well, using the registration forms for juridical or natural persons (in this case a special inlay is inserted to the migration form reporting the personal data of the foreigner, the date of registration and the period of staying).

Otherwise they will be fined.

Правила пребывания на территории Республики Казахстан:

Обладателям многократных виз в соответствии с законодательством, по приезду в течение 5 дней необходимо обратиться в территориальное подразделение Министерства внутренних дел РК для регистрации.

Регистрация иностранцев также может осуществляться через портал электронного правительства в автоматизированном режиме по электронным заявкам физических и юридических лиц, в т.ч. гостиниц (к миграционной карточке прикладывается распечатанный на бумажном носителе вкладыш с указанием установочных данных иностранца, даты регистрации и срока пребывания).

В случае без регистрации иностранцы будут оштрафованы.

NOTENormal processing time for a visa request is five working days from the time when all proper requirements have been met.

Exceptions: For visas categories B8 and B9 processing time may take up to 90 days. In case of emergency (unexpected illness, death of relatives) visas may be issued within three working days upon submitting a certified cable from a medical doctor or a copy of a death certificate.

Forms and documents submitted in a manner different from that of described above will not be accepted and will be returned.

Applicant’s passport must be valid for at least three months from the date of visa expiry.

The fee for visa processing is not refundable. Visa fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

Please, do not call the Embassy or the Consulate just to find out whether your documents have been delivered or sent out. For this you may visit courrier’s website and track your shipment.


В случае отказа компетентными органами Казахстана в оформлении Вашего запроса, истребования и других документов в соответствии со ст.554 Налогового Кодекса Республики Казахстан, уплаченные суммы консульских сборов возврату не подлежат.

In case of refusal by the competent authorities of Kazakhstan in processing your request, in accordance with the article 554 of the Tax Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the paid sums of consular fees are not refundable.