Opening up business travel to Kazakhstan

Posted on: 17/06/2014 in: Opportunities for SMEs, Recent Developments

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Visa-free travel pilot unveiled

The President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev last week announced a pilot scheme to remove visa requirements for the citizens of 10 countries, including the UK. The move is further evidence of the country’s commitment to strengthening bilateral partnerships and establishing more favourable conditions for foreign business and investment.

This visa-free regime will run from 15th July 2014 until 15th July 2015 and is aimed at those countries which have the best record of investment in Kazakhstan or greatest potential to invest in the future. During the pilot period, UK citizens with a valid passport will be able to enter, exit and transit through Kazakhstan on multiple occasions without a visa for up to 15 days at a time. Longer stays for business travel may be permitted upon application.

At the conclusion of the one year pilot, the system will be reviewed by officials, as to whether it should continue.

Watch out for further details of the pilot which are expected to be publicised within the next few weeks.

This makes it a great time for potential exporters to the country to seize upon the vast array of export opportunities the oil/gas and construction industries have given rise to in Kazakhstan.

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