kazakhstan reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Kazakhstan opening borders for tourism – [Latest Updates]

Kazakhstan has opened its borders to a handful of countries. Starting on October 26, the Government decided to cut a number of international flights to reduce imported cases of COVID-19.  

As of today, the country has erected multiple checkpoints to limit intercity and interstate travel and has imposed other severe restrictions.

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Kazakhstan Reopening – Latest Updates

As of NOV 17, Kazakhstan has 162K confirmed COVID cases and 1,899 deaths caused by the virus. There is a 2nd wave of the virus and at the moment daily rates are between 600-2000 cases.

What countries are allowed entry in Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

The list is currently being updated since the country changed most of its regulations a couple of days ago. 

Authorities are considering introducing additional requirements for passengers arriving from the following countries but a final decision has not yet been made. 

  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • The United Arab Emirates.
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

The government website has not released the new list yet. We recommend you to keep in touch with us for new updates

Do I have to submit a COVID-19 test to enter Kazakhstan?


All travelers are now mandatorily required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days before arrival.

Do I need to provide authorities with my personal details?

Yes. You do. Authorities will demand you to provide all your personal details as well as the places you are staying.

Do I have any restrictions when in the country?

Lockdowns – There are lockdowns in several regions. We recommend you to consult your travel advisor about it before traveling. 

Facemasks – You must wear a face-covering in all public spaces, including in vehicles at all times. Failure to comply with this requirement can result in fines or even imprisonment. 

Quarantine – As of today, travellers entering Kazakhstan who test positive for coronavirus must undertake a 14-day quarantine. Visitors who need medical assistance will be confined in state facilities.

Is it safe to visit Kazakhstan during COVID-19?

CDC is currently recommending only essential travel to Kazakhstan. There is a warning LEVEL 3 issued by the CDC. (Source: CDC.gov)

What are the flights affected by the new travel reduce restriction?

Kazakhstan airport entry restrictions
  • Starting on October 26, flights coming from Ukraine, Belarus, the United Arab Emirates, and Germany are restricted. 
  • Air Astana has reportedly announced a reduction to one flight a week on the Kiev-Almaty line
  • Belavia canceled its flights from Minsk to Almaty until March 27, 2021
  • Belarusian air carriers will continue to serve the Minsk-Nur-Sultan line four times a week.

Are American citizens allowed entry to Kazakhstan?

You are allowed but you are subject to several limitations and restrictions. Consult your embassy for more information.

Do I need to quarantine even if I am not sick?

Under the new regulations is quite possible. We encourage you to consult with your embassy.

What activities can I do in Kazakhstan?

Most places are open for business (albeit with reduced capacity) 

  • Gyms 
  • Hotels (some close at short notice due to low demand)
  • Fitness centers
  • Pools (must be closed by 9 on weekdays and 7 pm on weekends)
  • Beaches
  • Cultural facilities
  • Museums
  • Exhibits
  • Entertainment centers
  • Religious facilities
  • Some movie theaters (at 30% capacity)
  • Food courts
  • Small stores (must close at 6 pm)
  • Office buildings are open but companies have been instructed to allow a minimum of 60% of their workforce to work from home. 
  • Government and official offices must be closed by 6 pm
  • Caf├ęs*
  • Bars*
  • Restaurants*

*Can be open only until 10 pm and they must restrict their number of customers to 30 at a time.

Large events and family gatherings are banned. Families can go out in groups of three to exercise, walk, or do any other activity.

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