Visa-free Kazakhstan’s National Airline Offers Complimentary Travel For Kids
New Delhi, January 3 (TNA) For all Indian families who have yearned for a ‘roller skates’ lifestyle but budget constraints have held them back and have forced them to shun their dream of international travel, it is time to take the plunge now. In a first-of-its-kind “kids go free” promotional fare offer, Kazakhstan national carrier, Air Astana, is offering two children, aged 2-11 years to travel free to Central Asia’s gem Kazakhstan.
This golden pass, the first of its kind to be offered by any airline for children is valid till March 31st, 2024. Giving this information in her presentation at a tourism promotion event in New Delhi recently Gaurika Monacha, Air Astana, called it a ‘Santa is here and New Year gift for Indian travellers with kids. She said that now families can plan their budget holiday with 99 percent free ticket fare for their kids accompanying them. She further said this ‘winter wonderland’ would be a thrilling experience and create lifelong memories for families looking for an ‘affordable and exciting international travel destination.
She added that the breathtaking picturesque snowy landscapes, majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and friendly Kazak people will surely capture the heart of every traveler.
Calling this offer as ‘cherry on the cake’, Ardak Kakimzhanov, first secretary, Republic of Kazakhstan, said that his country already has a visa–free for Indians policy since 7th July 2022. According to this policy, all Indian passport holders can enter and stay for 14 days without visa in the country.
“Our government permits three trips within 180 days with a maximum stay of 14 days per trip’ Mr. Kakimzhanov, added. However, the rules state that during visa-free stay you cannot take up any work in the country. Welcoming this ‘kids go free fare offer’ Almaty-based Kazak journalist, Larissa Katsapova, said it seems a unique and welcoming offer. Larissa has visited India some years back and has fallen in love with the country and its people.
“Welcoming an Indian to my country is like welcoming a member of your family,” she says, adding that she has very warm memories of her stay in India, especially in Rishikesh. Larissa says that while family responsibilities, which include looking after her two boys, do not permit her to travel now given a chance she would choose India for travel the second time too.