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According to the 186 Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated March 10, 1993 (as amended by 1367 Government Decree dated December 30, 1998), foreign and CIS citizens temporarily staying in Kazakhstan must have passports for travelling abroad or passports issued under the USSR (year 1974 standard). Foreign passports, except for the USSR passports (year 1974 standard), are subject to registration at the Department of Passport and Visa Work within 3 days from the date of arrival, excluding holidays and weekends. The USSR passports (year 1974 standard) are registered at a regional Department of Domestic Affairs in the area of a person's temporary stay as determined by the 19 order of the Almaty Akim (Mayor) as of January 27, 1995.
The following categories are exempt from the registration:

  • Heads of foreign States and Governments, members of Government and Parliament delegations invited by the President of Kazakhstan or the Parliament of Kazakhstan. The privilege is extended to the families and technical staff of such delegations;
  • officials with UN passports;
  • nonresidents visiting Kazakhstan on holidays, at weekends and transit travellers leaving Kazakhstan within 3 days;
  • nonresidents under sixteen;
  • nonresidents taking part in international rallies, Marathons and the like;
  • international aircraft and train crews provided they stay at the airports of railway stations indicated in effective schedules .
    The following hotels are authorized to register nonresidents' passports for one month from the date of arrival.
    The extension is done solely at the Board of Passport and Visa Work.
    The failure to comply with the established registration procedure may result in a warning or with possible subsequent expelling from Kazakhstan.

    More information:
    Customs committee Republic of Kazakhstan [ RUS ]
    The ministry of foreign businesses Republic of Kazakhstan [ RUS ]
    The ministry of the public revenues Republic of Kazakhstan [ RUS ]

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