The authorities of Kazakhstan announced on Tuesday, January 3, on the abolition of visas for the citizens of Israel, and 33 States included in the Organization for economic cooperation and development (OECD).
Visa-free stay on the territory of Kazakhstan will be possible for up to 30 days.
The decision was made in the framework of the policy of attracting foreign investment.
The Ambassador of Israel in Kazakhstan Michael Brodsky comments for NEWSru.co.il said on this occasion: «Cancellation of visas for Israeli citizens travelling to Kazakhstan as tourists, is the result of good relations between our countries and evidence of the interest of Kazakhstan in the Israeli tourists and the development of business relations. During the visit, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in Kazakhstan in the end of last year signed a Memorandum of intent for the two countries to reach agreement to abolish visas on a bilateral basis, and agreement was reached about the beginning of direct flights between Israel and Kazakhstan. I hope that both agreements will be implemented this year».
Note that the unilateral cancellation of Kazakhstan entry visas for citizens of 34 Nations, including Israel, does not mean the introduction of a bilateral visa-free regime. Astana and Jerusalem must sign an agreement on the bilateral abolition of visas, which must be approved by the parliaments and ratified by the governments of Kazakhstan and Israel. Date of signature of such agreement are not yet known.
We will remind that on December 14, 2016 in Astana during the negotiations between President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a joint Declaration on the intention of the two countries exempt from visa requirements for holders of biometric passports. Then the Israeli Ambassador in Astana, Michael Brodsky, in an interview with NEWSru.co.il confirmed that the Declaration of intention to introduce visa-free regime between Kazakhstan and Israel so far only applies to holders of biometric passports, stressing that in Kazakhstan the majority of citizens already have biometric passports.
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