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Kazakhstan says Ashgabat has suspended visa-free travel for Kazakhs living close to the Turkmen border.

Officials from Kazakhstan’s western Manghystau region said on October 23 that the measure will last until October 27, when Turkmenistan marks Independence Day.

Residents of the Manghystau region are allowed to visit Turkmenistan’s Balkan region without a visa for a period of five days.

Turkmenistan has temporarily closed the Turkmen-Kazakh border at least twice since July, citing unspecified security reasons.

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