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Kazakhstan border zone permit

A number of areas skirting the border with China and Kyrgyzstan have been deemed ‘sensitive’ by the government of Kazakhstan and a special permit is  needed to visit them. This is a costly and time-consuming affair, which is a shame, since a few of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan can be found inside these border zones. At the same time, it means you will have the place to yourself if you manage to obtain the permit. Also, some reports indicate that there is no one checking the permits, so if you’re brave, you might want to risk it without.

Border zones

Application for a border zone permit

Recent new legislation has further restricted tourism in the border zone areas. It appears that it is no longer possible to obtain a permit if you are intending to explore the area without an accompanying citizen of Kazakhstan. Check with a travel agent in Kazakhstan what their terms are, and if you can go independently if you want. You will need a travel agent anyway to apply for you for the permit.

When applying you will need to supply the following information:

  - exact dates of your visit
  - exact route and itinerary of your visit
  - copy of your Kazakh visa and registration card

There is no secret service man following you during your stay in the border zone, so should you move away from your planned itinerary, you will not be immediately arrested.

Your application will be sent to different national security bureaucrats and after 14 business days your permit should be ready.

Price of a border permit
Prices these days start from 10 000 tenge. Express delivery can be arranged (still takes up to 1 week) for double the price.

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