Citizenship services

Useful information

Click on the links below to explore information that U.S. citizens in Kazakhstan may find useful: 

Country Specific Information
Messages for U.S. Citizens
Local lawyers (PDF 264kb)
Local doctors (DOC 44KB)
Local civil records info (PDF 8kb)
Nur-Sultan translation agencies (PDF, 118KB)

1. Do Americans need a visa to enter Kazakhstan?

On April 17, the Government of Kazakhstan suspended a previous decree that had allowed citizens of the United States, in addition to some other countries, to enter and stay in Kazakhstan for 30 days visa-free. U.S. citizens seeking entry or reentry to Kazakhstan prior to November 1, 2020 will require a valid visa. Those applying for a visa will be required to submit a medical certificate — dated no more than 48 hours prior to the date of application — confirming they are not infected with COVID-19. For additional information, see the website of the Kazakhstani Embassy in the United States. The Ministry of Internal Affairs has stated that during the State of Emergency, foreigners currently in Kazakhstan will not be held liable for violations of the terms of their visas, such as overstays or other timely departure issues.

2. How can I let the U.S. Embassy or Consulate-General know that I’m in Kazakhstan?

If you are in or planning to travel to Kazakhstan, we invite you to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) by clicking here.  If you are enrolled in STEP, we will be able to send you messages about events and issues that pertain to U.S. citizens in the country, and connect with you in the event of an emergency.

3. Can the U.S. Embassy or Consulate provide financial assistance to U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Kazakhstan?

If a U.S. citizen in Kazakhstan becomes destitute, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate-General can assist by contacting the individual’s family, friends, or business associates to raise private funds.  The Embassy and Consulate-General can also assist with transmitting these funds to destitute Americans.  If no funds can be procured, we may be able to help the destitute individual borrow funds for a plane ticket back to the United States.  In this case, an application for a repatriation loan must be authorized by the Department of State to pay for the individual’s flight.  The destitute American’s passport is then restricted for direct return to the United States only.

4. Can I bring my pets into Kazakhstan?

In most cases, the answer is yes.  For detailed information on entry requirements for pets in Kazakhstan, please see the website of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel/by-country/pettravel-kazakhstan].

5. Can the U.S. Embassy or Consulate help me locate a missing friend or relative in Kazakhstan?

If a friend or relative with U.S. citizenship has gone missing in Kazakhstan, we can conduct a welfare and whereabouts check to try to help you locate the missing individual, or pass on a message to them.  We can also check with local authorities to see if there are any reports of a U.S. citizen having been hospitalized, arrested, or otherwise put into a situation that would stifle communication.  The more information you provide, the better equipped we will be to help.  For more information on what we can and can’t do, click here.

6. Can I have my fingerprints taken at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate?

We are not able to offer this service to U.S. citizens.

7. Can the U.S. Embassy or Consulate verify that I am free to marry in Kazakhstan?

The U.S. Embassy or Consulate can notarize an affidavit stating that you are free to marry.  For more information about notarial services or to set up an appointment, click here [https://kz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/notaries-public/].

8. Can the U.S. Embassy or Consulate verify that I am free to live in Kazakhstan?

The U.S. Embassy can provide and notarize letters stating that U.S. citizens are free to live anywhere they wish.  For more information about notarial services or to set up an appointment, click here [https://kz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/notaries-public/].

9. I am an American citizen. My child was born in Kazakhstan. How can I transmit U.S. citizenship to the child?

In most cases, a child born to a U.S. citizen or citizens abroad acquires U.S. citizenship at birth.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulate-General can help parents obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), which serves as legal proof of the child’s citizenship.  For more information, click here .

10. How can I obtain a U.S. death certificate?

If a U.S. citizen passes away in Kazakhstan, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate-General can provide the family with a Consular Report of Death Abroad.  For more information, click here.

11. Can the Embassy or Consulate-General help me get a U.S. document apostilled?

Neither the U.S. Embassy nor the Consulate-General are able to provide Apostilles or certified copies of academic credentials and most vital records

12. Can I help my Kazakhstani friend or relative apply for a U.S. visa?

Non-immigrant visa applicants must qualify in their own right for visas.  A consular officer will determine whether they qualify for a visa based on their own ties to Kazakhstan or their place of residence.  While an invitation from a U.S. citizen may be helpful, friends and relatives in the United States cannot sway a visa decision.

13. How do I apply for a U.S. passport?

For comprehensive information on applying for a U.S. passport, or to set up an appointment to do so at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate-General, click here.

14. I lost my passport and need to travel urgently.  Can the U.S. Embassy or Consulate-General help me?

In certain cases, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate-General can issue limited-validity emergency passports.  For more information, click here.

15. How can I find a doctor in Kazakhstan?

The U.S. Mission maintains a list of doctors and clinics in Kazakhstan that may be available to provide English-language medical assistance to U.S. citizens.  Please note that we do not endorse and cannot vouch for any of the individuals or clinics featured on this list.  In choosing to work with one of the named individuals or firms, U.S. citizens do so at their own risk.  The list is available here.

16. How can I find a lawyer in Kazakhstan?

The U.S. Mission maintains a list of lawyers in Kazakhstan who have expressed a willingness to work with U.S. citizens.  Please note that we do not endorse and cannot vouch for any of the individuals or firms featured on this list.  In choosing to work with one of the named individuals or firms, U.S. citizens do so at their own risk.  The list is available here.

17. If a U.S. citizen dies in Kazakhstan, can the Embassy help?

In the event of the death of a U.S. citizen in Kazakhstan, the U.S. Embassy and Consulate-General can help navigate the local medical and legal system, and assist with the disposition of remains.  For more information, click here.

18. Can I vote in U.S. elections from Kazakhstan?

U.S. citizens can vote from anywhere.  For more information, click here.

19. Do I need to file U.S. taxes from Kazakhstan?

You may or may not be required to file taxes if you’re a U.S. citizen living in Kazakhstan.  Head to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) website, where you can review tax forms, publications and guidance applicable to U.S. citizens living abroad.  Please note that the U.S. Embassy and Consulate-General are not permitted to give tax advice.  You should contact an accountant, tax attorney, or the IRS if you need assistance with filing your taxes.

20. How can I participate in Embassy events?

You are welcome to enroll in STEP by clicking here.  We will send you messages for American citizens residing in Kazakhstan, which may include information about events organized by the Embassy or Consulate-General.

21. Can I renounce my U.S. citizenship at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate?

If an individual wishes to renounce their U.S. citizenship, they can do so at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate-General.  This is a highly consequential and irrevocable process that should not be taken lightly.  To learn more about the process, click here

22. How can I apply for a Social Security Number from Kazakhstan?

For information on applying for a social security number and other related issues, click here

23. How can I change my name in my passport?

U.S. citizens wishing to change their name in their passport are required to apply for replacement passports.  For more information, click here.