For US citizens and maybe some Western Europeans too.
"Tourists visa Requirements: Those staying longer than 15 days or engaging in employment or missionary activities require a visa. "
In another words... You can meet up you Russian lady in Kazakhstan without a visa if staying less than 15 days.
So for those still on the hunt but are tired of camping out in Ukraine ( no punt intended ) there is an alternative.
There is a YouTube video on " how to pick up Kazah chicks" made by group of Brittons.
As always do you own research.
Anyway, if anyone got any games or bragging rights, share it.
I just went to: http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/travelinformation.php
Entering that I a US citizen on a US passport valid until 2018, that I am 30 (ish) years of age, that I am a tourist visiting for 14 days and holding an onward/return ticket and this was the info provided:
Yes, The documentation you hold is sufficient based on your details and the itinerary provided.
Visitors arriving from a country without Kazakh representation and holding an invitation letter, can obtain a single entry visa on arrival for a max. stay of 1 month if visa is pre-arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Fee: approx. USD 80.-. Applicable only at Aktau (SCO), Almaty (ALA), Astana (TSE), Atyrau (GUW) and Uralsk (URA).
Now I used to do this sort of stuff for a living and this doesn't make total sense to me but perhaps that may be because I'm allowing kaiserdag's post to influence my mind however ...
I would suggest that the "yes" is that the documentation referred to is my US passport that is valid for at least 6 months but ...
A visa is required, that I would need a letter of invitation from an approved tourist organisation, that I would need to obtain the visa from the Kazakh embassy/consulate in my country and should my country not have a Kazakh embassy/consulate then I may buy my visa upon arrival in KZ but that I must arrive via one of the designated airports listed.
U.S. citizens can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to fifteen days for all purposes of travel except employment and missionary work.
Kazakhstan issues five-year multiple-entry visas to qualified applicants traveling for business, tourism, or for diplomatic, official, and media purposes.
Violating the authorized period of stay in Kazakhstan or engaging in activities inconsistent with your visa category may result in fines, imprisonment, and/or delays upon exit.
Please see the Kazakhstan Embassy’s visa page for the most current visa information.
According to another site Canada and many EU countries will also qualified.
Here is my rant: I just tired of hearing the same ol' bitching and winning about meeting up in Ukraine because of visa issues. Well KZ is better alternative, but if you're still in the minor leagues than go no further than Ukraine.
No suggestion of war from my corner but I ran it past the official tourist organisation 'IATA' and it seems they are unaware of what you seem to be aware of and at any airline check-in desk the check-in staff will go by what IATA say and may refuse travel!
I misunderstood you. I thought you meant meet a Russian girl from Russia in Kazakhstan as Russian citizens do not require a visa to visit Kazakhstan. Much like you'd meet a Russian girl from Russia in a 3rd country such as Turkey, Egypt or Ukraine.
You meant meet a Russian girl already living in Kazakhstan.
Yes, there are many ethnic Russians still living in Kazakhstan though I have heard many of them have returned to Russia or emigrated to other countries.
Dude, there is no misunderstanding, but thanks for elaborating/ explaining I meant.... All that some true; except, your opinion about Kazahkstan.
Facts: Rusia banned flights/ tourism to Egypt.
: Ukraine is fighting a war against Russia
: Currently, is not safe to visit Turkey , ISIS , PKK, and not least aggressive human traffickers lurking to supply the demand.
A few years ago, I might have had a chance to go to some exotic locale with my NX. The reason I say: “might” is that I turned her down, because it was impossible at that time of year,,, but thought maybe in a couple of months,,, she didn’t wait.
I had checked out the Maldives and Seychelles,,, one place was in conflict at the time,,, and the other soon after. The prices ranged from 37usd to 2,700USD per night,,, my hopes were in the 200 to 300usd per night range.
Mexico and Cuba were on the list,,, and she mistakenly thought I could go to Cuba. Flying down to Cancun would be relatively safe,,,,, but traveling outside of the tourist area becomes risky. Carjackings are common place in Mexico City and in border towns.
There is also the Dominican Republic, nice beaches,,, but like many of the places where both Russian and Western people can both visit,,, it has rampant poverty.
I wouldn’t go to Cuba even if I could. There are some things you just need to take a stand on,,, and not going to Cuba is one. Obama went because Castro is our enemy,,, but I was surprised to learn that a Wis Rep congressmen went along. I think it was a paid vacation for him,,, as he served for one or two terms and plans to retire.
If I went to Cancun, I’d want to see the ruins in the Yucatan,,, and I think it’s several hours away. It’s illegal to take guns into Mexico,,, and I think it’s illegal for locals to own them,,,, so only criminals and drug cartels have them. The perfect example of effective gun control?!
I only know a little Spanish, but plenty of people speak English in resort towns.
I agree that. But I believe that Obama jump to early "to bury the last Cold War " whatever he said. Instead, you should had end that special immigration status that Cubans enjoy. Those Cubans should be locked up for cowardly conduct.
LR, " The common Cuban isn’t the problem," like any any decent immigrant; except, Tony Montana a.k.a Scared Face or anyone like him.
There is nothing we can do for the Cuban population or Chinese Population or ... You get my point.
“special immigration status that Cubans enjoy.”
I am referring to the " The Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA), Public Law 89-732, is a United States federal law enacted on November 2, 1966. Passed by the 89th United States Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, the law applies to any native or citizen of Cuba who has been inspected and admitted or paroled into the United States after January 1, 1959 and has been physically present for at least one year; and is admissible to the United States as a permanent resident."
"or the special status that Cuban Americans have with their relatives trapped in Cuba?? Some travel is or was allowed for visiting family."
That's how the current Cuban leadership survives, with money sent from the ignorant Caban-American mafia in Miami to Cuba.