When you think about Kazakhstan, the first thing that comes it mind is most likely the title character of the movie Borat. However, if you were to actually travel to Kazakhstan, you might be surprised. The country has a growing economy, an educated populace (according to Wikipedia, the literacy rate is 99.5%) and is far from the cultural backwater portrayed in the movie.
Kazakhstan is the 9th largest country in the world, and visitors can look forward to seeing many different types of scenery, including mountains, steppes, grasslands and deserts. Community ecotourism programs are available, so you can stay with local villagers and get a feel for the community. (Again, please try to forget Borat. People aren’t really like that here.)
You can also indulge in kumis, a drink made from fermented mare’s milk that is popular here. Hey…don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!
If you’re more of the urban type, Kazakhstan’s main cities, Astana and Almaty, are interesting cities with a lot to offer the traveler, including shopping, museums, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.
Of course, to travel to Kazakhstan, you will need a passport and a Kazakhstan visa. Here’s what you need to have to apply for a Kazakhstan tourist visa:
- One visa application form
- 1 passport photo
- A cover letter explaining what you are planning to do in Kazakhstan and when you plan to be there. If you are staying for 30 days or less, you can write the letter yourself. However, if you are staying 30 days or more, your host to needs to get an invitation letter for you issued by the Kazakhstan department of foreign affairs.
Another item to consider is whether or not you will need a transit visa if your flight itinerary takes you through a third country. For example, you need a Russian transit visa just to change planes in Russia!
RushMyTravelVisa.com will be happy to research the visa requirements for your entire trip. We can also help you with the paperwork for any required visas and expedite your visa processing.