Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN – Covid-19: the renewal of residence visas for Catholic missionaries is difficult
Almaty – Missionary priests in Kazakhstan, as well as all foreigners present in the national territory, may experience problems to stay in the Central Asian country due to the new provisions on entry and stay, related to the spread of Covid-19. This is what Fr. Guido Trezzani, a missionary in Kazakhstan in the “Ark Village” community in Talgar, near Almaty, reports to Fides. The missionary today Director of Caritas Kazakhstan says: “There is a big question mark about our future presence in Kazakhstan: it is a fluid situation that changes every day, at the moment we have no certainties. We only know that the moratorium that allows the return to the countries of origin without administrative sanctions for all foreigners to whom the visa expired during the first emergency phase, or for those who were here thanks to the so-called 30-day regime, will end on 10 July. This is a rule that allowed citizens of 57 countries to visit Kazakhstan without a visa, up to a maximum of one month, and which has been suspended from May to 1 November 2020. Anyone with a visa expiring should return to their country of origin and ask for their renewal but, at the moment it seems that no Kazakh embassy in the world is granting the document. My visa, for example, will expire in early September and I will probably have to return to Italy pending the changes”.