EU & Kazakhstan in Talks to Facilitate Schengen Visa Acquisition for Kazakh Citizens

Kazakhstan and the European Union are advancing plans to facilitate travel for Kazakh citizens who intend to visit EU member states.

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The Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Roman Vasilenko, said that his citizens are waiting for relevant measures to facilitate obtaining Schengen visas, Schengen.News reports reports.

The issue arose during the meeting of the Cooperation Committee (CC) “Republic of Kazakhstan – European Union” between the Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, the Deputy Managing Director for Russia, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, and the OSCE of the European External Action Service, Luc Devigne.

This issue would be resolved soon.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Roman Vasilenko

Vassilenko revealed that one of Kazakhstan’s main trading partners is the EU, which accounts for about 30 per cent of Kazakhstan’s foreign trade and accumulates foreign investments.

According to the Kazakh diplomat, the need to diversify trade by expanding the export of Kazakh products, especially agricultural ones, to EU countries is an important key.

Meanwhile, the European side reiterated that the sanctions against Russia were not directed against Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan and the EU have agreed to cooperate in the fight against climate change, especially regarding the Kazakh government’s plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

Citizens of More Than 20 Countries Can Travel to Kazakhstan Without a Visa

Kazakhstan has bilateral agreements on mutual visa-free travel with nearly 20 countries, including several post-Soviet states. These agreements allow citizens varying lengths of stay, with some allowed to stay up to 90 days, subject to specific registration requirements.

It also introduced a unilateral visa-free regime for citizens of China, India and Iran, who can enter and stay in Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 14 calendar days from crossing the border, while the total period of stay in the country under the Regime without a visa should not exceed 42 calendar days within 180 days.

Visa Requirement Documents for Kazakhstan Visitors to EU Countries

Kazakhstan unilaterally introduced a visa regime for all EU citizens in 2017. However, Kazakh nationals are still required to apply for a Schengen visa in order to be allowed entry into the bloc. This means that Kazakhstan is now asking the EU to reduce the number of documents required when applying for a Schengen visa as well as increase the issuance rate among other things.

To apply for a Schengen visa, citizens of Kazakhstan must adhere to the rules below

  • a proof that they have booked a place to stay in one of the EU countries
  • a flight reservation booked from Kazakhstan to the EU and back
  • proof of purchased travel health insurance with medical coverage of €30,000
  • proof of a paid visa fee
  • proof of sufficient financial means