Kazakhstan Coronavirus - Travel Advice
Last updated: June 3, 2021
Kazakhstan and Coronavirus
Kazakhstan continues to practice social distancing and the wearing of face masks while encouraging people to work remotely. Additionally, the government has cancelled many social events, prohibited large gatherings and enforced travel bans.
In capital city Nur-Sultan, restrictive measures were tightened in March 2021 due to an increase in cases which has led to the city being labeled a "red zone". Public transport, indoor sports facilities and non-food markets, shopping and entertainment centers (with the exception of pharmacies located inside them, as well as minimarkets and supermarkets selling food and basic necessities) are currently closed on Sundays. Restaurants, cafes and bars work on both weekdays and weekends from 7:00 to 22:00.
Vaccination against coronavirus in Kazakhstan started on February 1, beginning with doctors, teachers and security officials. In early April, vaccines became available to the general population. Mass vaccination of citizens has started with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine (produced at a Karaganda-based pharmaceutical plant), the locally produced QazVac vaccine and Hayat-Vax, produced in the UAE using China’s Sinopharm technology. To date, nearly 2 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19, and more than 800,000 have been fully immunized.
Covid-19: Kazakhstan Entry Requirements
In accordance with Kazakhstan’s Covid-19 travel restrictions, the government has extended the suspension of its visa-free regime for citizens of the following 54 states until January 2022: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, Vatican City and Vietnam.
The above restriction does not apply to diplomatic missions, official delegations and medical personnel, or to citizens of the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Belarus, UAE, Turkey, Egypt, Georgia and the Maldives. Please note that citizens of these countries can enter the country as tourists ONLY by air. Land borders are still closed to everyone except select individuals (those who have special government permission, residence permit holders, truck drivers, etc.).
Kazakhstan currently has flights to and from Amsterdam, Antalya, Batumi, Bishkek, Dubai, Dushanbe, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kiev, the Maldives, Montenegro, Moscow, Tashkent, Tbilisi, Seoul and the UAE. Passengers are allowed on board only in masks.
When flying into Kazakhstan, passengers must present a negative PCR certificate taken no more than 72 hours before entering the country. Foreign passengers with a positive PCR test will not be allowed to board the flight. No PCR test is required for children under 5 years of age or for international transit passengers who will not be leaving the transit zone.
All passengers departing from Nur-Sultan and Almaty International Airports must have the Ashyq mobile app downloaded prior to their arrival and filled in with their individual identification number. Without this app they will be denied entry into the airport.
The app, which is integrated with data from the Kazakh Ministry of Health, shows a person’s status ranging from green (no movement restrictions, recent negative COVID-19 test) and blue (no movement restrictions) to yellow (contact with an infected person) and red (positive COVID-19).Only passengers with a green or blue status will be permitted into the airport; persons with a yellow or red status will be denied entry.
Starting July 1, vaccination data will also be integrated into the system, and citizens who have been fully vaccinated will be given a green status. Citizens of Kazakhstan and residency card holders who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Kazakhstan may present a vaccination certificate in place of a negative PCR test result.
Kazakhstan Quarantine Rules
All passengers arriving to Kazakhstan from the Maldives will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine.
If other foreign passengers have a negative test but shows any symptoms such as fever, cough etc. on arrival to Kazakhstan, he/she may be taken to a quarantine center for 3 days, followed by another PCR test.
If a citizen of Kazakhstan tests positive for the virus, they will be permitted to enter the country but must remain in quarantine for 14 days. Detailed information about where they will quarantine must be provided to the authorities, and the place must be in accordance with rules for self-isolation.
All travelers departing the country will also be checked for symptoms.