Kazakhstan extends foreigner permits until November 1 due to COVID-19

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – The Kazakh authorities have extended the period of permitted stay in the country until November 1 for foreigners in the republic, Deputy Chairman of the Migration Service Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Sabyrzhan Seitzhanov at briefing said on September 11.

The decision was made due to the restrictions caused by the pandemic and many foreign citizens were unable to leave Kazakhstan on time.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many international flights are still suspended, and the borders of states are closed. For this reason, many foreigners still cannot leave Kazakhstan and return to their homeland. The government of the republic has decided to extend the period of permitted stay of foreigners until November 1, 2020,” he said.

Also, the period of stay outside the republic of those foreigners who have a residence permit in Kazakhstan and are currently abroad has been suspended.

“Foreigners and hostages will not be held administratively liable for violation of the terms of stay until November 1,” Seitzhanov said.

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