As of July 15, United States passport holders no longer need a visa to visit Kazakhstan for stays of up to 15 days at a time.

The Kazakh government eased visa requirements for travelers from 10 countries: the UK, the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Japan.

The change is part of a series of initiatives launched by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, which include tax incentives to encourage tourism and foreign investment into Kazakhstan.

A transcontinental country that straddles Asia and Europe, Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth largest country and contains a wide variety of national parks, mountains and deserts.

Astana, the capital since 1997, is known for its architecture, while Almaty, the former capital, has been shortlisted to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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