Citizens of 80 foreign countries can stay in Kazakhstan without a visa, and nationals from 109 more countries have the opportunity to obtain an electronic visa.
Kazakh Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov announced this on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, as reported official press service.
Kazakhstan opens doors for visitor
Kazakhstan is trying to attract more tourists to the country and boost its tourism sector revenue, which has already attracted $860 million of investments, 44% more compared to the same period last year.
According to the Minister of Tourism and Sports Yermek Marzhikpayev, over three million Kazakh citizens travelled within the country in the first half of the year, 400,000 more than last year.
He also revealed that the country is looking to attract 9 million domestic tourists and 1.4 million foreign tourists before the end of December 2023.
“We need breakthrough projects in the tourism sector. Over the past three years, investments worth $4 billion have been attracted to the industry. More than 400 facilities have been built, and nearly 7,000 permanent jobs have been created.”
“All local historical monuments, picturesque natural landscapes, and other historical heritage need to be properly integrated into tourism products.
“It is important to simplify the stay of a foreign tourist in Kazakhstan and digitalize the entire range of services for domestic tourism.”
Nigerians to enter Kazakhstan
With the new development, Nigerians who are planning a trip to Kazakhstan will no longer required to apply for a visa if they wish to go for short stays (tourism).
However, it’s required to obtain an electronic travel authorization (eTA or eVisa) before entering Kazakhstan.