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In general, visa applications cannot be processed by the Migrations Department of the government earlier than 3 months before travel begins or later than 30 days before travel begins.  However, staff at Nazarbayev University will begin collecting Visa requests for our conference in January and they will not accept requests after March 15 (2 months before the conference begins). 

Documents needed from the participants: passport 1st page and Visa Support Invitation Form

You may not need help from Nazarbayev University if you are a citizen of one of these Visa free countries (30-day visit):

Australia, USA, Austria, Kingdom of Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, United Arab Emirates, Vatican, Vietnam, Germany, Greece, Denmark, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Indonesia, Italy, Canada, Qatar, Cyprus, Colombia, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco , Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, Great Britain, Philippines, Finland, France, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Chile, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia.

Citizens of Iran, China and India can enter Kazakhstan without visas for 14 calendar days after crossing the border.

The migration laws may change, so be sure to check the official website

Kazakh Government Visa website:  https://www.vmp.gov.kz/en

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Kazakhstan, Where Ancient Traditions and Modernity Coexist in Harmony

by Aigerim Mukitanova

Kazakhstan is located at the center of Eurasia and is famous for its endless southern steppes, mountains and lakes, Baikonur Cosmodrome, and the heritage of the Great Silk Road.

Home of Tulips, Kazakhstan

It might come as a surprise that Kazakhstan, not the Netherlands, is the home of tulips! Moreover, unlike in the Netherlands, the country where thousands of tourists come every year to watch the blossoming of the delicate flora, in Kazakhstan tulips grow and bloom in the wild, without any human intervention, and cover vast areas! Here you can meet about forty of the 65 existing wild flower species in Central Asia, and 18 of them are in the Red Book. And among them will be the famous Schrenk and Greig tulips.

From April to May the vast fields and foothills of Zhambyl, Turkestan and Almaty regions burst with scarlet-orange-yellow flowers. Moreover, one can contemplate this beauty when moving from the south of Shymkent to Almaty by intercity highways. But there are also hard-to-reach places, where in search of rare specimens you can be accompanied by experienced guides. For example, such species of tulips, as Dasistemon Tarda and Tulipa multifoliata grow in the mountains and at the very top edge of life, on the alpine meadows. And the endemic Kaufman's tulip grows in the green glades of the Western Tien Shan among the juniper forest. You can't pick tulips in our country, but you can admire the extraordinary and fragrant show of nature infinitely!

Otrar, Best Place for Selfies

Many pilgrims and tourists know and with interest visit the city of Turkestan, where one of the most majestic medieval buildings - the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi is located. But many people will also be surprised that very near Turkestan, on the way to him, if you drive from Shymkent, you can discover for yourself a completely stunning place - the ancient settlement of Otrar.

Otrar is still studied by scientists and archaeologists. Today most of the structures of the ancient city are restored and preserved. This is one of the few historical places in the country where you can literally walk around the ancient streets of the settlement, and therefore make spectacular photo shoots and selfies.

To get acquainted with the site it is desirable to prepare in advance - read the information on the Internet, watch the movie "The ruin of Otrar", or order a tour with a professional guide on the spot.

Black Beach Alakoi

If you have already become accustomed to the golden sandy beaches, then it's time to get acquainted with the coast of black siliceous pebbles! Lake Alakol in the southeast of Kazakhstan has not only an unusual shoreline but also healing properties. The black beach beckons people with colds and skin diseases, nervous disorders, and all those who like to meditate in nature. Even astronauts undergo rehabilitation courses here after their flights! Alakol reserve was created for the protection of rare birds, and the famous silver perch lives in the waters of the lake.

If you come to the lake in early May, you can join the bird watchers who come to the Wings of Alakol festival. This event attracts to the Flint Banks not only birdwatchers, but also journalists, people from creative professions, yoga practitioners, and musicians. This is how the season begins on the Alakol. Next is summer, the time of sun, swimming, and water activities, and in the fall, the first weekend in September, another festival - "Okunkol", where amateur fishermen catch the lake's famous silver perch.

The World's First and Largest Cosmodrome


You might be surprised to learn that the world's first and largest cosmodrome, Baikonur, is located in the Kyzylorda region of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Until 2050 the spaceport is leased by the Russian Federation, but legally it belongs to Kazakhstan with all its infrastructure. Kazakhstani travel agencies can arrange tours to rocket and satellite launches. Isn't it interesting to visit the place where the first flight into space took place? Yes, this space town is worth visiting!


The Taste of Kazakhstan

And of course, it is impossible to ignore the gastronomic delights of Kazakhstan cuisine. For many, they can be both unexpectedly pleasant to the taste as well as filled with new information about what we eat. And the Kazakhs have healthy food, natural products, and a lot of dairy products.

Today the country is rapidly developing gastronomic tourism. Nowhere else in the world will you find such a variety of national cuisines and the most diverse flavors. This can be explained by the fact that there are people of more than 135 nations living in Kazakhstan. But the main "highlight" will always be the dishes of Kazakh cuisine, based on the traditions of nomads of the Great Steppe. The tasty, healthy, smart food of nomads is becoming very popular among guests of the country and tourists.

Such famous Kazakh dishes as beshbarmak, bauyrsaki, kazy, irimshik can be tasted in many city cafes and restaurants. But it will be even  more interesting to taste the national dishes.Welcome to beautiful and hospitable Kazakhstan, the country that is modern, but has kept its ancient traditions!

Silk Road through Turkestan

The east-west trade routes between Greece and China began to open during the first and second centuries B.C. Routes connected to the Persian Gulf, where goods were then transported up the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and to the Mediterranean Sea, from which goods were shipped to cities throughout the Roman Empire and into Europe. Historians now prefer the term “Silk Routes,” which more accurately reflects the fact that there was more than one thoroughfare. Many of these routes passed through Kazakhstan, as shown in this map.


One place to see the remnants of the Silk Road is in Turkestan, where the Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi is one of the best-preserved examples of Timurid constructions. Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi was the 12th-century head of a regional school of Sufism, a mystic movement in Islam which began in the 9th century. Born in Kazakhstan in 1093, he died in 1166, and is interred in a small mausoleum near Turkestan.  The theological school he created turned this area into the most important medieval enlightening center of the area. He was also an outstanding poet, philosopher and statesman.  The mausoleum was begun in 1389 on the order of Timur (generally known to Europeans as Tamerlane the Great) but never finished since construction stopped on Timur's death in 1405.

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