Kazakhstan said on 3 January that it removed visa requirements for nationals of the OECD countries and the European Union, besides many other countries in order to encourage tourism and investment.
This central Asian country followed in the footsteps of its neighbour Uzbekistan as its economy has taken a beating owing to low oil prices and economic crisis in Russia.
The foreign ministry of Kazakhstan was quoted by the AFP as saying that in addition to citizens of OECD countries and EU, nationals of Monaco, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates could travel to this former Soviet Republic for up to 30 days sans a visa.
According to the ministry, the move was introduced with a view to creating a more investment-friendly atmosphere and to drive the tourism potential of the country.
It also added that this initiative would open up more opportunities for the country’s business community to partner with the outside world and allow global networking in different sectors.
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