COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   05/12/2022

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.   

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.  

For additional information regarding accepted vaccines and frequently asked questions, please visit the CDC website.

Country-Specific Information

  • The Department of State has issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory:  Exercise Increased Caution.  
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level Unknown COVID-19 Travel Notice for Kazakhstan.  
  • The Kazakhstani Ministry of Health has confirmed 1,305,620 cases of COVID-19 in the country as of May 11, 2022. There are an additional 89,043 cases of pneumonia that are suspected to be COVID-19, though these have not been clinically confirmed. 
  • 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 and your contact information is up to date to receive pertinent updates. 
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please consult the CDC’s website. 

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Kazakhstan?  Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day?  Yes
  • Click here to access a list of local medical providers who can advise on COVID-19 testing options.  In addition, information on testing locations in Nur-Sultan is available in Kazakh or Russian by dialing local number 109.  Information for locations throughout the country is available in Kazakh or Russian by dialing 169.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity.  To submit information in support of an exemption, email USAKZ@state.gov.

COVID-19 Testing Waivers for Travel to the U.S

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at USAKZ@state.gov, and provide the information below.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country 
  2. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  3. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  4. U.S. destination address                                                           
    1. Is U.S. destination home address?             
  5. Departure date 
  6. Flight itinerary 
  7. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  8. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)     
  9. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)                             
  10. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  11. Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  12. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  13. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Kazakhstan approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Kazakhstan for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes, for permanent residents (see below).
  • Which vaccines are available in Kazakhstan? Sputnik V, QazVac, CoronaVac, Sinopharm, and Pfizer. Pfizer vaccinations may not be available to non-Kazakhstani citizens. Please check with your local provider.
  • Foreigners who live and work in Kazakhstan and have permanent residence cards may receive COVID-19 vaccination free of charge just like Kazakhstani citizens.  Currently, the only record of this announcement is in media reporting
  • The Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan initiated a multi-stage vaccination program on February 1, 2021.  Please see the announcement for specifics on the plan.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States. 
  • The U.S. Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  •  Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes. 
    • The U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Kazakhstan advises potential travelers to reconsider visits to Kazakhstan at this time due to the risk of COVID-19 in country. 
    • U.S. citizens can visit Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 30 days for all purposes of travel, with the exceptions of employment and missionary work. Individuals traveling visa-free in Kazakhstan cannot stay for longer than 30 days at once, or for more than a total of 90 days during any six-month period. A PCR Test is required for entry.
    • Visitors may arrive via overland entry through Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. PCR tests are required for entry.
    • Please note that immigration questions are the purview of the Government of Kazakhstan, and we are not permitted to intervene on matters related to entering Kazakhstan. Such matters should be directed to the Kazakhstani Embassy in the United States or, if applicable, your employer.  
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes
    • The Government of Kazakhstan requires foreign travelers arriving in Kazakhstan to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test with results dated no more than three days prior to their entry to Kazakhstan.  If they are unable to provide negative PCR test results, they will be denied entry.  The following are exempt: children under age five, Kazakhstani Government delegations, and cabin crew.  In addition, each traveler must undergo a temperature check and fill out a questionnaire on prior travel, potential COVID-19 exposure, and contact information.  According to Decree 65 of the State Sanitary Doctor, those with elevated temperatures will be isolated in a facility for infectious diseases, regardless of a certificate of negative PCR test result.
    • Please note that some countries may have PCR testing requirements even for transit. Therefore, travelers should check PCR testing requirements for all the stops along their transit route into or out of Kazakhstan.  This information may be available on the COVID-19 web pages of U.S Embassies or Consulates in countries through which you will transit.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
  • U.S. citizens needing to extend their Kazakhstani visas can contact the Migration Police:

 

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place?  No.  
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  Yes, in some cases.
    • As of May 11, 2021, the Government of Kazakhstan began prohibiting people who accompany departing travelers or meet arriving passengers from entering airports and rail stations in regions in high risk “Red Zones.” An exception exists for airports and rail stations participating in the “Ashyq” application system (please see further information on “Ashyq” in the Quarantine Information paragraph below).
    • Kazakhstan’s regions are empowered to take additional measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 as necessary, including erecting checkpoints to limit travel in and out of cities and oblasts.  For regional information please see this Kazakhstani “Electronic Government” website.

Quarantine Information 

    • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine?  Possibly
      • Upon entering Kazakhstan, travelers with elevated temperatures will be isolated in a facility for infectious diseases.
  • Quarantine Measures:  A wide variety of businesses – including gyms and fitness centers, pools, beaches, cultural facilities, museums, exhibits, entertainment centers, religious facilities, movie theaters, food courts, and recreational facilities – are open. However, some regional and local governments periodically impose restrictions in response to increases in the infection rate.
  • Ashyq Application: “Ashyq” is an application that displays a color-coded risk status for each individual based on information in Ministry of Health COVID-19 infection, PCR test, and vaccination databases, While still in use in Kazakhstan, enforcement of the app varies depending on the COVID incidence rates. When enforced, individuals wishing to patronize these businesses must have the Ashyq application on a personal device or provide their passport and must have “blue” (no information on potential infection or exposure found) or, “green” (either vaccinated or received a recent negative PCR test) status in Ashyq. See here and here for more information. As of March 15, 2022, the requirement to use the Ashyq application has been removed for facilities located in “yellow” or “green” zones. 
  • Masks Required: The Chief Sanitary Doctor of Kazakhstan has recommended that masks be worn nationwide in public settings, including both indoor and outdoor spaces and on public transportation, but the requirement to wear masks in most places has been lifted. People with symptoms of COVID-19 are still required to wear masks, as well as employees, patients, and visitors to medical facilities. Failure to comply with this measure could result in administrative penalty. This mandate may be suspended in areas of the country in the “green zone”. 

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance:  Yes, individuals who fail to comply with restrictions face fines.

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services:  At present we are offering all American Citizen Services including full passport and citizenship services, ballot collection, federal benefits services, and notarial services.
  • Visa services:  Limited appointments for immigrant and non-immigrant visa services have resumed at the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan and the U.S. Consulate in Almaty.  For more information on visa services, click here.

Local Resources:  

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