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    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Kazakhstan
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Kazakhstan


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Possibly
• Are there any vaccine requirements? Yes
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents
- Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan can cross the State Border of the Republic of Kazakhstan with a frequency of no more than 1 time in 30 days. This rule does not apply to the countries with which the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan has re-established direct regular flights.

The specified frequency does not apply to the following citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan:

personnel of the diplomatic service of the country and members of their families (spouse, their parents and children);
those traveling abroad for treatment, upon presentation of supporting documents from healthcare institutions (accompanied by no more than two adults);
undergoing training and education in educational institutions on the territory of foreign states, as well as for their departure from the Republic of Kazakhstan abroad in order to extend study visas, issue student ID-cards, pass exams (tests) - if there are invitations from a foreign educational institution.
those leaving the Republic of Kazakhstan for permanent residence in another state and/or having immigration visas;

Full list of exceptions is available here: https://www.gov.kz/memleket/entities/shekaraknb/press/article/details/28054?lang=en

• Inbound travel for “third country” nationals
- Сitizens of the countries with which Kazakhstan has resumed direct air communication can enter Kazakhstan, in addition to exceptional cases and those who have permission granted by the Inter-Governmental Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan, provided that exceptional case or permission is supported by necessary documents.
- If you are a foreign citizen who has any of the following:
- a residence permit on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
- a family member who has such residence permit;
- a family member who is a citizen of Kazakhstan,
you can:
1) Enter Kazakhstan from abroad and leave whenever you need to (or how visa/immigration rule permits), but your next re-entry to Kazakhstan must take place not earlier than 30 days after your last departure from Kazakhstan;
2) If you are already in Kazakhstan, you can leave any time (or how your visa/immigration rule permits), but your next re-entry to Kazakhstan must take place not earlier than 30 days after your departure from Kazakhstan.
- The 30-day restriction does not apply to:
- Persons who have a special permit to enter from the Inter-Governmental Commission;
- Citizens of the 13 countries with which Kazakhstan has resumed direct air connections. At the moment, Kazakhstan has resumed direct air communication with the following countries:
Belarus, Egypt, Germany, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan (or any other countries with which direct flights have resumed).
- Nationals of Tajikistan and Georgia are allowed to enter Kazakhstan.
- You can find other exceptional cases in the procedure for crossing the border of Kazakhstan here: https://airastana.com/Portals/2/Information/Important-Notices/Procedure%20for%20crossing%20the%20border%20of%20the%20Republic%20of%20Kazakhstan%20updated%20....pdf
In case of questions please contact the call center of the border service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan at +7(7172) 719 -111.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
All foreign nationals, including those with a resident permit, must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours of arrival in Kazakhstan or they will not be allowed to board their flight.

• Exemptions
According to the national carries, Air Astana: Starting from 3 May 2021, citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan and persons holding a residence permit in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan who have received a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 in the Republic of Kazakhstan upon providing a documentary confirmation, do not need to present a negative PCR test certificate.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
Isolation at home and medical supervision for 14 days is required for persons who visited the Republic of India and Maldives within the last 14 days regardless of PCR test result.
(until further notice)
Documentation required
Travellers must fill in a health declaration form upon arrival.
(until further notice)
Transit
International transit passengers are not required to present a negative PCR result, provided they do not leave the airport transit zone.
(until further notice)
Other
- Travellers are also subject to temperature checks.
- The visa-free regime of entry, stay and departure from Kazakhstan has been suspended for foreign citizens of 57 countries until 31 December 2021. Exceptions apply to citizens of Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Ecuador, Georgia, Hong Kong (China SAR) Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
- The 72-hour transit visa-free regime for transit passengers from India and the People's Republic of China is suspended until 31 December 2021.
- All passengers entering the Nur-Sultan airport are required to have the "Ashyq" mobile app installed in their mobile devices to enter the airport. Passengers with “green” or “blue” status will be admitted to enter the airport building and go on their trip.
Passengers with “red” or “yellow” status will not be admitted to the airport.
(until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(until further notice)
Exit rules
All departing passengers from Nur-Sultan and Almaty should download the "Ashyq" mobile application before travelling to international airports. The rule has been applied at Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport (NQZ) from 12 May and will be implemented at the Almaty International Airport (ALA) from 21 May. The airport staff will confirm whether passengers are allowed to enter the terminal building based on the status shown on 'Ashya', according to Air Astana, only those with green or blue status are allowed to proceed with their flights.
(until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)

Restrictions on businesses
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
Kazakhstan developed the Ashyq mobile application to allow businesses to continue their work amid the coronavirus restrictions and minimize the spread of the coronavirus infection.

Among the businesses using the system are cinemas, spas and fitness centers as well as cafes and restaurants. Businesses using the app are allowed to extend their working hours.
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• What restrictions are placed on operating businesses?
Restrictive measures for social and economic activities have been extended until 30 May in East Kazakhstan region.
- Effective from 17 April at 00.00, regulations have been increased in the Atyrau region.
- 80% of state employees and 50% of employees in the private sector are being directed to remote working. Those involved in the health sector are exempt from this rule.
- Hotels are only to be used to 50% capacity.
- Grocery stores and supermarkets are open between 07.00 and 23.00 with non-food stores open between 10.00 and 22.00.
- In the Turkestan region, food and non-food markets are permitted to open between Monday-Friday at 09.00 and 19.00. On Saturday and Sunday the timings are from 09.00 and 17.00. Such outlets can only be used at 30% occupancy rate. Supermarkets are open between 09.00 and 23.00 on all days.
(until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place?
- Kazakhstan is divided into three zones.
- The capital Nur-Sultan is in the red zone. The use of public transport is subject to strict restrictions in the red zone.
- Atyrau, Karaganda and West Kazakhstan are in the yellow zone.
- Almaty, Shymkent cities, Akmola, Almaty, Aktobe, East Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, Mangistau, Turkestan, Pavlodar, and North Kazakhstan regions are now in the green zone.

- The East-Kazakhstan authorities have mandated that travellers from the red zone provinces must obtain a negative PCR test certificate received no more than three days before crossing the sanitary checkpoints into the region.
- Public transport in the Atyrau region does not function on Sundays.
(until further notice)
Other social distancing measures

• Gatherings
In the Turkestan region, a ban on mass events remains in place.
(until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Kazakhstan

COVID-19 information for Kazakhstan

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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The principal risks to foreign business personnel stem from crime and a lack of road safety. Crime such as petty street crime, burglaries and assaults poses a risk in large and economically important cities, such as the capital Nur-Sultan and Almaty (Almaty region). Traffic accidents occur frequently. Driving standards and road conditions are poor, rendering driving inadvisable. Members are therefore advised not to self-drive; it is preferable to hire a driver or use a taxi.

The large distances between main cities mean that flying is often the most convenient method of travel, though members should consider airlines' safety records when choosing a carrier. Terrorist activity does not pose a direct risk to foreign personnel. While there have been several low-profile terrorist incidents in the country, attacks have so far focused on regional government buildings and law enforcement infrastructure rather than foreign business personnel.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Kazakhstan
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Tickborne encephalitisMay be recommended for those visiting forests,
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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