The Kazakhstani authorities issued a decree changing the rules for the entry and stay of foreign citizens without a visa. Now they cannot extend their legal stay in the country by going abroad and coming back again. The decision will take effect on January 26. Forbes writes about it.
Residents of countries participating in the EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union), which includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan, will be able to stay in the country without a visa for 90 days within a 180-day period. Now Russians, whose legal stay has expired, will be able to return to Kazakhstan only after 180 days.
According to the old rules, the time spent in Kazakhstan was reset to zero if you crossed the border into another state and immediately returned. Also, before there were no conditions: 90 days within six months.
The restrictions do not apply to travelers visiting the country on a visa or with an official temporary residence permit.
Let’s remember that Kazakhstan has become one of the most popular destinations for emigration. Other countries include Armenia and Georgia. In the fall, long lines formed at checkpoints. For example, on the border between Russia and Georgia, people stood for four or five days.