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Kazakhstan and Japan agree on mutual exemption from visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and service passports

The ceremony of   the exchange of verbal notes on the exemption from visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and service passports of citizens of the Republic of   Kazakhstan and Japan from January 1, 2017 took place on November 7, 2016 in Astana in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.The visa-free travel of officials of the two countries will further promote political contacts and the intensification of trade and economic cooperation between Kazakhstan and Japan.

 “Today, together  with the official visit of President of  Kazakhstan Nursultan  Nazarbayev to Japan we have exchanged verbal notes on the exemption from visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and service passports from January 1, 2017. Moreover, in the context of the President’s instructions to strengthen  the economic dimension of Kazakhstan’s  diplomacy a visa-free regime for holders of national passports of Japan for the period up to 30 days will be introduced from January 1, 2017. This will intensify business contacts between business entities of the two countries in investment, new technologies and tourism,” Ardak Madiev, director of  the  MFA Department of Consular Service said at the ceremony.

The exchange of verbal notes is the first step towards the facilitation of the visa  free regime for all citizens of  Kazakhstan.Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan in Kazakhstan Yasumasa  Iijima noted that  the event would  help to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the political, economic  field and the area of mutual trips of citizens. “We will strive for further simplification of the visa regime for all citizens of Kazakhstan, ”the Japanese diplomat added.