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I am an Indian citizen and planning to visit Russia on a tourist visa for about 15 days. I would be flying on Air Astana both on the onward and return journey.
My route is New Delhi - Astana - Omsk and my return journey will be Omsk - Astana - Almaty - New Delhi.
My question is: Do I need a transit visa for Kazakhstan? I do not want to leave the airports in Astana and Almaty and I will be inside them. The doubt I have is because the sector between Astana and Almaty will be considered a domestic sector and I am not sure if these two airports have a transfer / transit facility or zone between the international and domestic areas in the airports.
I did call Air Astana's New Delhi office and they said that a transit visa is required. Again I emailed them, and this time they said for any visa related query to contact the Kazakh Embassy in New Delhi. I called the Kazakh Embassy and all the gentleman kept saying was "Yes Yes Yes". Not sure if he understood what I was asking. I am even not sure if anyone in Air Astana understood me as well. I guess everyone thinks that I want to step outside the airport and see around. The fact is I am not interested. I just feel that paying US$ 90 for a transit visa is too expensive (being the fact that I am not even stepping outside the airport and just transiting the country for a mere 12 hours).
Can anyone help me? Has anyone traveled this route recently or have any answers to my doubts? I would be very appreciative.