It has been an exciting few weeks for travel in Eastern Europe, with new lower cost travel opportunities being opened up to travelers.
Both the Kazakhstan and Mongolian governments have announced they have introduced a trial visa-free regime in these regions for citizens in many countries. This is primarily to encourage business to these areas, though will also promote a further positive impact on the tourism market too!
In Kazakhstan the visa-free regime has been introduced to 10 countries, for passport holding citizens travelling on tourist and business purposes for up to 15 calendar days. This type of entry is permitted between the 15th July 2014 and 15th July 2015. Please click here to see the full article, with further details including the list of 10 countries permitted for this type of entry.
In Mongolia the visa-free entry has been introduced to 42 countries, for passport holding citizens travelling on tourist and business purposes for up to 30 calendar days. This type of entry is permitted between the 25th June 2014 and 31st December 2015. Please click here to see the full article, with further details including the list of 42 countries permitted.
For both Mongolia and Kazakhstan, this will initially be a trial period and then each country will decide, independently, whether the scheme should continue beyond these dates. We will keep you updated with any extensions to this scheme as they are announced.
The news is great for travelers interested in our Trans-Mongolian tours, as it will reduce the cost of this route by £94 – a massive saving! In all cases, where Mongolia is included as part of the tour, it will mean one less visa will be required for your trip, which can only be a good thing in terms of budgeting for your travel arrangements!