China advises visitors to Kazakhstan to possess visas

Published on : Saturday, June 17, 2017

indexThe state media reported that China of late has informed its citizens who are travelling to Kazakhstan that they must possess a proper visa in the middle of confusion over the paperwork required to visit the Central Asian country.


Earlier this month, the Kazakh authorities declared that Chinese visitors enjoying a sojourn over the cities of Almaty and Astana would be allowed a 72-hour transit visa. However, they can get such if they can prove that they have tickets to fly out of the country within three days.


This initiation was made to improve the numbers of Chinese tourists pouring in the country between June 10 and September 10. As per the report of the state ruled Xinhua news agency, at the time, Kazakhstan is hosting Expo 2017 in the capital Astana. Nevertheless, the Chinese embassy in Astana at present has issued a notice saying Chinese visitors must make sure they possess a visa before visiting the country.


To quote the embassy in a statement, ‘after our verifications with the Kazakhstan foreign ministry, the announced measures [of transit visa] have yet to be implemented.’


The statement also added that Chinese citizens staying in Kazakhstan, or stopping temporarily must haves a visa to avoid “illegal entry and unnecessary financial losses”.


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