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Foreigners entering Kazakhstan / Registration ?

aneeshaneesh 5 Years - Citizen of the world
edited September 2015 in Visas & Embassy
Foreigners entering Kazakhstan are required by the Kazakhstani legislation to register in a migration police department during five days after their arrival.

Only those arriving in Kazakhstan through the country's 12 international airports, or Dostyk (Druzhba) railway border crossing at the Chinese border, or land crossings at Khorgos, Dostyk, Bakhty, Maikapchagai, Kordai and Kolzhat, or via the seaports of Aktau and Bautino are registered automatically when crossing the border.

Otherwise, those entering through smaller border crossing points and those who for some reason did not receive a registration card immediately upon arriving in Kazakhstan, are supposed to register with the Migration Police in the city where they are staying within 5 days, because if they don't, they may have to pay a fine when departing and may even be arrested for up to 5 days.


  • aneeshaneesh 5 Years - Citizen of the world
    Reply 1 - Registration at the local immigration police has always been the issue in the past, but nowadays most visitors are registered while crossing the border at the airport. My husband arrived at the Astana Intl Airport and was issued an immigration card, valid for 3 months. Needless to say that he made no trip to local migration police after entering the country.

    Reply 2 - I think this legislation differs between nationalities. Turkish citizens, for example, even they arrive through an international airport via airway are required to register in local police department. Western Europeans, USA citizens are not required to register though. (Correction: An Italian citizen commented that he also needs to register in police department)

    Reply 3 -

    Reply 4 - Nothing new, you need to make your registration in 5 days
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