Last updated: 10/22/20
Due to the health risks associated with COVID-19, the Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider travel to Kazakhstan due to COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 COVID-19 Outbreak Notice for Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstani Ministry of Health has confirmed 109,907
cases of COVID-19 in the country as of October 22, 2020. There are an additional 36,381 cases of pneumonia that are suspected to be COVID, 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 to receive pertinent updates.
We urge U.S. citizens in-country to remain vigilant and to continue practicing social distancing, frequent handwashing, and enhanced disinfection measures. Please look for ways to prevent becoming a vector for the virus, such as avoiding social gatherings. We recommend that U.S. citizens continue with limited movement in public to include grocery shopping, pharmacy visits, and other essential trips. For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please consult the CDC’s website.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, subject to strict limitations*
*The U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan continues to advise travelers to reconsider visits to Kazakhstan at this time due to the epidemiological situation in country. We remind you that visa-free travel for U.S. citizens to Kazakhstan remains suspended until at least November, and the Kazakhstani border remains closed to foreigners with highly limited exceptions, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, some employees of designated companies in critical industries, and citizens of those countries with which Kazakhstan has resumed direct flights.
Please note that immigration questions are the purview of the Government of Kazakhstan, and we are not permitted to give recommendations or 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.
U.S. citizens needing to extend their Kazakhstani visas can contact the Migration Police:
In Nur-Sultan: 31 Imanov St. (between Beisekbayev St. and Sembinova St.), Tel. 8-7172-374-851, 8-7172-374-899, 8-7172-374-867, or 8-7172-374-876
In Almaty: 109A Karasai Batyr Street (near Nikolsky Bazar), Tel. 8-7272-544-684 or 8-7272-544-145
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- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
Effective October 6, 2020, the Government of Kazakhstan is requiring foreign travelers arriving in Kazakhstan to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test 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. In addition, each traveler must undergo a temperature check and fill out a questionnaire on prior travel, potential COVID-19 exposure, and contact
information. Those with elevated temperature may be required to stay in quarantine for two days to undergo a COVID-19 test. They may have to remain in quarantine in the event of positive test results.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes, in some cases*
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. Before pursuing domestic travel in Kazakhstan, we urge you to research whether checkpoints might be in place that could restrict your ability to travel.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Possibly*
*Upon entering Kazakhstan, travelers may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.
Quarantine Measures: by and large, countrywide quarantine restrictions have been relaxed. Businesses that were previously closed – including gyms and fitness centers, pools, beaches, cultural facilities, museums, exhibits, entertainment centers, religious facilities, some movie theaters, food courts, and recreational facilities – have reopened, at least on weekdays, and may be subject to capacity limitations. However, amid concerns of a possible fall uptick, some regional and local governments are restricting measures once again.
Effective October 14, the City of Nur-Sultan had imposed the following requirements:
- Telework minimums: No less than 60 percent of employees of executive agencies and quasi-governmental enterprises must move to telework status. Workplaces are noted as the number one vector of transmission.
- Operating hours for dining facilities: Cafes’, bars’, restaurants’ hours reduced to 10 pm on weekdays and weekends. No more than 30 seats available for in-house dining.
- Operating hours for certain businesses: Notaries; law offices; accounting, consulting, and realty firms; and ad agencies must close by 1800. Small stores selling non-food items face similar operating restrictions.
- Public bathing and swimming facilities: Banyas and pools will operate from 0900-1900 on weekends; 0800-2100 weekdays.
- Public transportation: No public transportation on Sundays.
- Increased scrutiny: The mayor has called for more inspections of businesses for violations of sanitary norms.
Masks Required: The Chief Sanitary Doctor of Kazakhstan has mandated that masks be worn nationwide in public settings, including both indoor and outdoor spaces and on public transportation. Failure to comply with this measure could result in administrative penalty.
Personal Movement Limited: All large events and family gatherings are prohibited. Individual and group outdoor fitness activities are permitted, and people may walk in parks and other public spaces in groups of three or less.
Click here to access a list of local medical providers who can advise on COVID-19 testing options.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes, albeit at limited capacities.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
As of the time of writing, individuals who fail to comply with local restrictions will face fines of 83,340 tenge. Businesses will face fines of 638,940 for the same.
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 immigrant and non-immigrant visa services have resumed at the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty and the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan, respectively. For more information on which categories of visa applicants are currently eligible for interviews, click here.
In addition, we continue to provide emergency visa services for certain categories of applicants, so please reach out if you feel you have an urgent travel need to the following address: email@example.com
For the most up-to-date information on restrictions in your city or region, see the below websites:
- Almaty Oblast
- East Kazakhstan
- North Kazakhstan
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19