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    ASTANA, February 15, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- From February 15, 2004, Kazakhstan simplifies the procedure of issuing entry visas to citizens of 27 states, Ualikhan Konyrbayev, director of the Kazakh foreign ministry's consular service department, has announced.

    "Citizens of these states may apply directly to consulates of Kazakhstan and receive one-month business, tourist and private visas to visit Kazakhstan," Konyrbayev said.

    "Now we demand that foreign citizens should have corresponding invitations and visa support, but this will be no longer necessary," he explained. "It is a great step towards liberalization of the visa regime," he added.

    The simplified regime will be applied to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Canada, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, the USA, Finland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan.

    "We have chosen these countries because their citizens do not pose any migration threat to us," Konyrbayev pointed out. He promised that "the list of the countries will be extended".

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