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Dear participants of the 28th World Winter Universiade!

We welcome you at our website!

We remind you that the 28th World Winter Universiade will be held in Almaty from January 28 to February 8, 2017.

The initiator of the Universiade is the Federation of University Sports of Kazakhstan, which is a member of the International University Sports (FISU) Federation.

It is expected that sportsmen-students from 64 countries will be a part of the games.

The full information about the Universiade can be found on its official website http://almaty2017.com/ru/

 

  

Information on visa regulations of the Republic of Kazakhstan

 

1. The Republic of Kazakhstan has a visa free regime for holders of diplomatic, service and ordinary/national passports.

A complete list of countries that have agreements with the Republic of Kazakhstan on visa-free travel by types of passports can be found here (annex 1).

2. Since January 1, 2017, the citizens of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development member-countries (further - OECD), as well as the UAE, Malaysia, Singapore and the Principality of Monaco, are granted visa-free entry for up to 30 (thirty) calendar days from the date of their arrival to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

OECD member-countries

 

1. Australia

13. Italy

25. Slovenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Austria

14. Canada

26. United States of America

3. Belgium

15. Korea

27. Finland

4. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

16. Latvia

28. France

5. Hungary

17. Luxembourg

29. Turkey

6. Germany

18. States of Mexico

30. Czech Republic

7. Greece

19. New Zealand

31. Chile

8. Denmark

20. Norway

32. Switzerland

9. Israel

21. Netherlands

33. Sweden

10. Iceland

22. Poland

34. Estonia

11. Spain

23. Portugal

35. Japan

12. Ireland

24. Slovakia

 

 

3. Visas to enter the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan are issued under a simplified procedure for citizens of 48 countries, who are exempt from having to produce the visa support (Annex-2). To do this, participants must contact the consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan in their country of residence and submit the following documents:

1) A passport (or international travel document) that must have at least two empty pages and will be valid until at least May 2018;

2) A visa application form (annex 3) must be completed either by hand or using technical means in the official language of the country, where the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Kazakhstan are based, or either in Kazakh or English. The application must be signed by the applicant. Answers must be provided to all the questions. Before December 31, 2016, all the participants will be issued a D1 category visa for the period of January 15, 2017 till February 14, 2017. According to new laws, after January 1, 2017, all the participants will be issued a B1 category visa for the same period.

    For reference: New rules will come into force from January 1, 2017, regarding the registration and approval of invitations for foreigners  and non-citizens to enter  the Republic of Kazakhstan, visa issuance, cancellation and reissuance of visas, as well as extension and reduction of its validity.

3) Two black and white or color photos, sized 3.5 x 4.5 cm, with a clear full-face image of a person without dark glasses and headgear. There is an exception for those who are obliged to wear certain headgear as part of their national or religious affiliation, provided that the person is wearing such a headdress in their passport or travel document photograph. The photo must correspond to the age of the applicant at the time of registering the travel document;

4) One copy of the passport;

5) A copy of the invitation letter from the State Fund “Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade Organizing Directorate” and the letter for visa fee exemption (sample attached).

For the attention of the participants!

In order to identify the official participants of Universiade, - SF “2017 Universiade” will be displayed in the space for visa stickers.

4. Citizens of those countries (annex 4), where there are consular offices of the Republic of Kazakhstan abroad the place of permanent residence, must submit the following documents:

1) A passport (or international travel document) that must have at least two empty pages and will be valid until at least May 2018;

2) Visa application form (annex 3) must be completed either by hand or using technical means in the official language of the country where the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Kazakhstan are based, or either in Kazakh or English. The application must be signed by the applicant. Answers must be provided to all the questions. Before December 31, 2016, all the participants will be issued a D1 category visa for the period of January 15, 2017 till February 14, 2017. According to new laws, after January 1, 2017, all the participants will be issued a B1 category visa for the same period.

For reference: New rules will come into force from January 1, 2017, regarding the registration and approval of invitations for foreigners and non-citizens to enter  the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as visa issuance, cancellation and reissuance of visas, as well as extension and reduction of its validity.

3) Two black and white or color photos, sized 3.5 x 4.5 cm, with a clear full-face image of a person without dark glasses and without headgear. There is an exception for those who are obliged to wear certain headgear as part of their national or religious affiliation, provided that the person is wearing such a headdress in their passport or travel document photograph. The photo must correspond to the age of the applicant at the time of registering the travel document

4) One copy of the passport;

5) A copy of the invitation letter from the State Fund “Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade Organizing Directorate”, including the reference number of the visa support issued by the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, as well as the letter for visa fee exemption (sample attached).

        NB!

In order to obtain the visa support reference number, please complete this form (annex 5) and e-mail it together with the scanned biodata passport page to delegation.services@almaty2017.kz

The registration of visa support will take up to 5 (five) working days. Between 2 to 5 days, we will e-mail you a letter that will include the number for the visa support. You must then contact the diplomatic mission/consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan to apply for the visa.

For reference: From January 1, 2017, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan will be responsible for issuing and approving invitations(from legal entities and individuals) for foreigners to enter the Republic of Kazakhstan.

5. The issuance of visas upon arrival at the international airports of Kazakhstan (in Astana and Almaty cities) is acceptable only for  citizens from countries where there is no  diplomatic mission/consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan (or if for any reasons these citizens cannot apply to the nearest diplomatic mission/consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan for visa).

The citizens of countries, where there is a diplomatic mission/consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan, cannot receive the visa upon arrival.

The Participants must contact the Consular section at the airport upon arrival and submit the following documents:

1) A passport (or international travel document) that must have at least two empty pages and must be valid until at least May 2018;

2) Visa application form (annex 3) must be completed either by hand or using technical means in the official language of the country where the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Kazakhstan are based, or either in Kazakh or English. The application must be signed by the applicant. Answers must be provided to all the questions. Before December 31, 2016, all the participants will be issued a D1 category visa for the period of January 15, 2017 till February 14, 2017. According to new laws, after January 1, 2017, all the participants will be issued a B1 category visa for the same period.

       For reference: New rules will come into force from January 1, 2017, regarding the registration and approval of invitations for foreigners and non-citizens to enter  the Republic of Kazakhstan, visa issuance, cancellation and reissuance of visas, as well as extension and reduction of its validity.

4) Two black and white or color photos, sized3.5 x 4.5 cm, with a clear full-face image of a person without dark glasses and without headgear. There is an exception for those who are obliged to wear certain headgear as part of their national or religious affiliation, provided that the person is wearing such a headdress in their passport or travel document photograph. The photo must correspond to the age of the applicant at the time of registering the travel document;

5) One copy of the passport;

6) A copy of the invitation letter from the State Fund “Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade Organizing Directorate” that includes the reference number of the visa support issued by the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, as well as the letter for visa fee exemption (sample attached).

        NB!

In order to obtain the visa support reference number, please complete this form (annex 5) and e-mail it together with the scanned biodata passport page to delegation.services@almaty2017.kz

The registration of the visa support will take up to 5 (five) working days. Between 2 and 5 days, we will e-mail you a letter that will include the number for the visa support. You must then contact the diplomatic mission/consulate of the Republic of Kazakhstan to apply for the visa.

We kindly ask you to notify the SF “Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade Organizing Directorate” in advance if there are any changes (flight, route or the place of arrival).

All the information on visa issues is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan: www.mfa.gov.kz

You can find the list of the Kazakhstan diplomatic mission/consulates here: http://mfa.gov.kz/en/#!/countries/

If you have any questions related to visa regulations, please contact Almasbek Omarov on + 7(7172) 72-04-73 or a_omarov@mfa.kz. You can also get in touch with the SF “Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade Organizing Directorate” staff by contacting Alimbek Alzhanov on +7 701 8386197 or delegation.services@almaty2017.kz.