COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   09/23/2022 ***As of 12:01 a.m. EDT June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting at 12:01 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2022, the …

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Health Alert – U. S. Mission Kazakhstan (04 August 2022)​

Location: Countrywide Event:  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for  Monkeypox in Multiple Countries .  The World Health Organization has determined the multi-country outbreak of  monkeypox  is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern ( click here  to view the WHO’s determination). Actions to Take:​ Travelers should AVOID : Close contact with sick people, including those …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan: Worldwide Caution

On July 31, 2022, the United States conducted a precision counterterrorism strike in Afghanistan that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s deputy and successor as leader of al-Qa’ida. Al- Zawahiri was one of the masterminds of the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001 and had continued to urge his followers to attack …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan: Kazakhstan Constitutional Referendum

Location: Nationwide Event: A constitutional referendum will be held throughout Kazakhstan on Sunday, June 5, 2022.  U.S. citizens should anticipate an increased presence of security forces around cities in Kazakhstan and may experience road closures and alternate traffic patterns through the weekend.  Police have the authority to stop individuals without reasonable suspicion or probable cause.  U.S. citizens are …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Almaty – Thursday, April 21, 2022 

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Almaty – Thursday, April 21, 2022  Location: Gandhi Park, Almali District, Almaty, Kazakhstan  Event: A Kazakhstani government-approved demonstration is expected to take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 12:00 to 14:00 at Gandhi Park in Almali district, Almaty.  A heightened security presence and localized transport disruptions, as well …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S Consulate General Almaty (March 4, 2022)

Location:  Almaty Event:  Demonstrations on March 6, 2022 Sanctioned demonstrations in support of Ukraine are planned for 12:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in the park behind the Sary Arka cinema in the 4th microdistrict of Almaty.  Actions to Take: Avoid affected areas. Monitor local media for updates. Avoid demonstrations. Be aware of your surroundings …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan 

February 18, 2022 Location:  Petropavlovsk and Nationwide Update:  Due to airport safety concerns, U.S. government personnel in Kazakhstan have been instructed that they must seek approval to use Petropavlovsk Airport.  Additionally, U.S. citizens are reminded that U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling for official duties on Kazakhstani airlines without prior approval, except for Air Astana and FlyArystan, due to safety concerns. Actions …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Almaty – Friday, February 4, 2022

Location: Monument to Shokan Valikhanov, Medeu District, Almaty, Kazakhstan Event: Demonstrations/strikes are expected to take place on Saturday, February 5, 2022 beginning at 12:00pm at the intersections of Valikhanov and Shevchenko streets.  The Almaty Mayor’s office has authorized the request to hold this protest. A heightened security presence and localized transport and disruptions, as well …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Friday, January 28, 2022 Location:  Nationwide Event:  The current Travel Advisory for Kazakhstan is level 4 “Do Not Travel” due to COVID-19.   The nationwide curfew, installed in Kazakhstan during the January 2022 period of civil unrest, was lifted at midnight on January 19.  U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution in the case of future protests or civil …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Location:  Nationwide Event:  The opposition party Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK or DCK), which has previously been banned the Kazakhstani government, is calling for nationwide demonstrations on January 19, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. for the stated goal to “demand freedom for all political prisoners and the end of torture.”   A heightened security presence and localized transport disruptions, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Location:  Nationwide Event: The Travel Advisory for Kazakhstan is level 4 “Do Not Travel” due to recent civil unrest and COVID-19. U.S. citizens are reminded that a nationwide curfew remains in place in Kazakhstan, including Almaty, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. In other cities, an extended curfew may begin as early as 7 p.m. Please check …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Location:  Nationwide Event:  The U.S. government raised the Travel Advisory for Kazakhstan recently to reflect level 4, “Do Not Travel” due to civil unrest, in addition to Level 4 for COVID-19.  U.S. citizens are reminded that a nationwide curfew remains in place in Kazakhstan from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.  Almaty’s curfew is in place from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.  In other cities, an …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Location:  Nationwide Event:  The U.S. government has authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and family members at the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty.  The security situation in Kazakhstan continues to stabilize with a reported gradual reduction in violence.  If travel is absolutely necessary, U.S. citizens are advised to do so only during daylight hours and exercise …

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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Saturday, January 8, 2022 Location:  Nationwide Event:  The U.S. government has authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and family members at the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty.   U.S. citizens in Almaty are advised to shelter in place until safe departure is possible.  Avoid standing next to balconies or windows and stay indoors unless absolutely necessary.  Further, …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Nursultan

 01/07/2022 Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan Friday, January 7, 2022 Location: Nationwide Event: A nationwide state of emergency and curfew is in place between the hours of 11pm and 7am and will remain in effect until January 19th. Expect security checkpoints controlling access to population centers, public transport disruptions, and limitations on movement throughout the …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan Thursday, January 6, 2022 Location:  Nationwide Event:  A state of emergency has been declared throughout Kazakhstan, and a nationwide curfew is in place between the hours of 11pm and 7am.  Expect security checkpoints, public transport disruptions, and limitations on travel throughout the country.   Clashes in Almaty between security forces and protesters have …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Thursday, January 6, 2022 Location:  Nationwide Event:  A state of emergency has been declared throughout Kazakhstan, and a nationwide curfew is in place between the hours of 11pm and 7am.  Expect security checkpoints, public transport disruptions, and limitations on travel throughout the country. Clashes in Almaty between security forces and protesters have turned violent and crowds have …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan Wednesday, January 5, 2022 Location:  Nationwide Event: Protests continue in multiple cities throughout Kazakhstan. Continued heightened security presence is expected as well as public transport disruptions, intermittent internet network outages, and interruptions to electronic banking transactions. According to reports, clashes in Almaty between riot police and protesters have turned violent and crowds …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Location:  Nationwide Event:  Protests have been reported in multiple cities throughout Kazakhstan. Additionally, a protest will reportedly take place today at noon in Almaty’s Republic Square and other cities. The Government of Kazakhstan has declared a state of emergency in Mangystau and the city of Almaty. Initial reporting indicates there will be a curfew from 11 p.m. …

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Kazakhstan December 16, 2021

Demonstration Alert: U.S. Mission Kazakhstan Saturday, December 16, 2021 Location: Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent, possibly other cities  Event: The opposition party Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK or DCK), which the Kazakhstani government has banned as an extremist group, is calling for demonstrations on December 16, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. to demand the resignation of Kazakhstan’s government, …

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Health Alert: U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Health Alert: U.S. Mission Kazakhstan (6 December 2021) Location: Kazakhstan, countrywide  Event: On December 6, the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention (CDC) will implement a one-day COVID-19 testing  requirement for travelers over age two coming to the United  States. Regardless of vaccination status or nationality, any  individual coming to the United States must show …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Location:  Kazakhstan Event:  Enroll in or update your information in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) The U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan is conducting an annual verification of STEP enrollments.  Please  log in  to your STEP account to verify that your profile, phone numbers, email address, travel dates, and location in Kazakhstan are up-to-date.  If you are not …

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Health Alert: US Mission Kazakhstan

Location: Worldwide:   Event: On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

February 26, 2021 Location:  Nationwide Nur Sultan: “Zhastar” palace (Republic Avenue) from 1:00PM to 3:00PM Almaty: Gorky Park near the central entrance. Protesters are expected to march to Arbat then Panfilov and Zhibek Zholy streets from 1:00PM to 3:00PM Event:  Several political opposition groups have called for nationwide protests on Sunday, February 28.  Non-sanctioned demonstrations …

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Demonstration Alert. January 8, 2021

Location:  Nationwide Event:  Kazakhstan will hold parliamentary elections on Sunday, January 10, 2021. While civil unrest and/or protests are rare, there were protests associated with the country’s last national vote, including some of the largest demonstrations Kazakhstan has seen in 20 years.  U.S. citizens should anticipate an increased presence of security forces around the country and …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Almaty

Location: Almaty Event: Possible demonstration at U.S. Consulate General Almaty on October 23, 2020 Demonstrations have been called for on Friday, October 23, 2020 at the U.S. Consulate General Almaty (Samal Towers, 97 Zholdasbekov Street) against the upcoming release of the film Borat 2.  The consulate has advised its personnel to avoid the demonstration area and …

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Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Mission Still Accepting Ballots!

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election but still have not dropped off your ballot, please know that we will continue to accept ballots until election day – November 3, 2020.    It is important to note that each state has its own set of deadlines, and unique requirements related to absentee ballots.  While …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By 

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Location:  Multiple cities Event:  Nationwide demonstrations on Friday, September 25, 2020 Demonstrations have been called for on Friday, September 25, 2020 beginning at 7 P.M. in the following locations: In Nur-Sultan from Trading House “Zhannur” on Abay Avenue; Aulie Khan street up to Kenesary street till Republic Avenue and along the Avenue to Trade House Esil; …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Reminder for Americans Abroad

 With election day fast approaching, we wish to remind U.S. citizens to take the necessary steps to vote.  With some three million American voters living overseas, absentee ballots truly have an impact.  Read on to familiarize yourself with how to make your voice heard this November.  Please note that although the U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan …

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Travel Advisory: Kazakhstan

U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan This message is distributed to you via the Message system of the U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan – Level 4: Do Not Travel  Do not travel to Kazakhstan due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Kazakhstan due to …

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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan (July 30, 2020)  

Location:  Kazakhstan Event:  COVID-19 and Travel Update U.S. citizens are urged to enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  to receive alerts from the Embassy and Consulate. Ensure you have added a trip to Kazakhstan on your profile to receive pertinent updates. We are sending this message on a weekly basis. We will continue to use this platform to …

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July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)  in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, …

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory: Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  …

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Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Almaty (February 8, 2020)

Location: Masanchi village Event: Media is reporting ethnic violence between Kazakhs and Dungans in the village of Masanchi near the Kazakh/Kyrgyz border, 140km west of Almaty by air (250km via normally traveled roads). The violence included physical altercations, shooting, and residences set on fire. As a result of the violence overnight, the Government of Kazakhstan …

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VOTING IN 2020 U.S. ELECTIONS

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to  FVAP.gov  to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan July 6, 2019

Political protests are expected to take place in several cities throughout Kazakhstan on the evening of Saturday July 6, 2019, beginning at approximately 19:00.  Announced gathering points include the following locations: Republic Square in Nur-Sultan Akimat building in Aktobe Central Stadium in Almaty Kurmangazy Square in Atyrau Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

June 12, 2019 As demonstrations and other security incidents often take place with little or no warning, U.S. citizens in Kazakhstan are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad. We encourage U.S. citizens in Kazakhstan to take the following actions: Monitor local news reports in …

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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan June 12, 2019 As demonstrations and other security incidents often take place with little or no warning, U.S. citizens in Kazakhstan are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad. We encourage U.S. citizens in Kazakhstan to take the following …

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December 5, 2018 – National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush

Message for U.S. Citizens:  National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush   U.S. Embassy and Consulate Closure on Wednesday, December 5, 2018   As the nation mourns the loss of President George H. W. Bush, President Trump has taken official action to allow Federal employees to join their fellow citizens in remembering …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Meningococcal Infection in Almaty

The U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan alerts U.S. citizens regarding recent cases of meningococcal infection in Almaty. There have been a total of 15 confirmed cases of meningococcal infection in Almaty. The number is higher than usual but is not considered an outbreak. Medical practitioners do not recommend any additional measures except practicing good hygiene, which …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Passport Fee Increase

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35.  The $10 execution fee increase applies to U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form including: first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen. Customers applying with the DS-11 form …

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Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in upcoming primary elections!

Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in upcoming primary elections! Register now and request your absentee ballots at FVAP.gov. Primary Elections Begin This Month – Register and request your absentee ballots for all 2018 elections now at FVAP.gov This year the entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate …

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Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

U.S. Mission, Kazakhstan Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as …

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