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ASTANA -- The Kazakh Interior Ministry has announced that all citizens from countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) must register with immigration authorities within five days of their arrival, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

The new measure went into effect on April 13. All exemptions previously in force have been abolished.

Citizens of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan were previously allowed to stay in Kazakhstan without registering for 90 and 30 days, respectively. Those privileges no longer exist.

The ministry did not explain why the registration regulations are being tightened.
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