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Security Alert – U.S. Mission Kazakhstan
January 10, 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.  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 extreme caution.  U.S. citizens in Kazakhstan are reminded that a nationwide curfew remains in place 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 extended curfew may begin as early as 7 p.m.

Movement within Kazakhstan is difficult.  Expect security checkpoints on the roads controlling access to and within population centers and possible public transport disruptions.  Overland border crossing to neighboring countries may not be possible or safe at this time, and access to fuel may continue to be limited in some areas.  Flight disruptions and delays continue, and there are cancellations on both domestic and international routes.  Almaty airport remains closed.  Nur-Sultan airport is open, and though there are delays, international flights are available.  Some COVID-19 testing centers in Nur-Sultan report test results are available within 8 hours.  Coordinate with your medical provider to determine testing availability.  You are advised to check with your airline to confirm your flight and reminded to avoid travel during curfew hours.  Almaty railway station is open and the schedule is available by dialing 105.

Internet access remains intermittent throughout the country.  Though the infrastructure situation is improving, disruptions to internet access and banking or credit card transactions may continue.

U.S. citizens in Kazakhstan should be aware that violent protests may severely impact the U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services, including assistance to U.S. citizens departing Kazakhstan.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible, including evidence of COVID-19 vaccination if available.

For Assistance:  The U.S. Embassy is located at Rakhymzhan Koskharbayev Ave., No. 3, Nur-Sultan 010010.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Embassy is +7 7172 70 22 00.

The U.S. Consulate General Almaty has cancelled routine consular services.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency after-hours number for the U.S. Consulate General is +8 777 0072359.

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