Kazakhstan and Switzerland are negotiating the introduction of a visa-free regime for holders of service passports, according to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"As a result of preliminary consideration of the draft intergovernmental agreement on visa-free travel of citizens holding service passports, the parties agreed to submit in the near future concrete proposals on the content and ways to implement the project," – reads the press release on the results of the Kazakh-Swiss consular consultations held in Bern.

The Kazakhstan delegation was represented by Murat Kabdenov, Chairman of the Migration Service Committee of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Ardak Madiyev, Director of the Consular Service Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The Swiss side was represented by members of the Federal Department of Justice and Police and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

In the course of the meeting, there was also an active discussion of the issues of combating illegal migration, the implementation of the bilateral intergovernmental Agreement on the readmission of persons residing without authorization. The participants of the consultations, noting the absence of problems in the sphere of protecting the rights and interests of the citizens of the two countries, expressed their intention to maintain the achieved level of dialogue between the authorized agencies of Kazakhstan and Switzerland.

The Swiss side was informed in detail about the migration processes in Kazakhstan, the recently adopted legislative acts on the liberalization of the visa policy, the agreements reached with the EU member states on simplifying the visa regime for Kazakhstani citizens.


Published: 09 November 2017



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