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Astana, Kazakhstan • 26 January 2023

Kazakh MFA Negotiates Visa-free Travel for Kazakhstan Citizens to Europe

Latin American countries are also considering visa-free travel for Kazakh citizens

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Kazakhstan is negotiating visa-free travel to the Schengen countries for Kazakhstan’s citizens, QazMonitor reports citing

According to Aibek Smadiyarov, the spokesperson for the Kazakh MFA, negotiations with European countries on visa-free travel have been going on for a long time.

"Negotiations on the Schengen area are underway. We need the approval from the European Union countries. We have a one-sided visa-free regime (for citizens from Schengen countries when visiting Kazakhstan). We are negotiating to make the zone visa-free for us, too," said Smadiyarov, responding to questions from journalists.

According to MFA, Latin American countries are interested in granting visa-free travel to Kazakhstan citizens due to an increased number of Kazakh tourists.

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"The heads of the foreign ministries of the Latin American countries have requested to consider these issues. There is also interest from Arab countries,” Smadiyarov said.

The MFA has a comprehensive program that is scheduled for each year for several countries.

We are trying to improve the list and conditions for our citizens to travel to some countries without a visa. I can't voice that plan because it's a work-in-progress. The other side's interests also influence this as well. We can make announcements only upon signing [the agreements]. Negotiations are a live process, where they also put national security and migration security issues at the forefront. Each country takes into account its interests when it agrees on a visa-free regime.

Aibek Smadiyarov
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