Kazakh Government tourism plan encourages health travel sector

The Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports presented amendments to the law on tourism in October to the Kazakh Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament). The bill includes 60 amendments, including the introduction of a tax-free system and bed tax for foreign tourists.

The bill defines areas with a special potential for tourism development by region and type. Local businesses that run tourism facilities meeting the criteria will be eligible for investment privileges, including tax breaks.

The tourism map in the national tourism development programme adopted by the Kazakh government in 2019 prioritizes ten tourist locations in Kazakhstan. These include several areas with spas and health resorts.

The bill also legally defines terms including medical tourism and tourism infrastructure.

The new Kazakh Tourism national company tasked with tourism development will  be the implementer and regulator of the changes, if the bill is fully passed.