Kazakhstan Coronavirus - Travel Advice
Last updated: September 6, 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.
As of early September, some regions in the country were still labeled as red zones. In the red zones, all shopping and entertainment centers should adhere to increased sanitary measures, a social distancing rule of 4 square meters per visitor and weekday operating hours from 10:00 to 17:00. All amusement parks, play areas and skating rinks located inside these facilities remain closed even on weekdays, with the exception of facilities participating in the Ashyq Project (see Kazakhstan Entry Requirements below). All shopping and entertainment centers, public transport, indoor sports facilities and shops (with the exception of pharmacies and markets selling food and basic necessities) are closed on weekends.
Food courts located inside entertainment centers may only offer delivery and take-out, with the exception of eateries involved in the Ashyq Project. Freestanding restaurants, cafes and bars may work on both weekdays and weekends from 7:00 to 22:00.
Vaccinations against coronavirus became available to the general population in April. Available vaccines include Russia’s Sputnik V (produced at a Karaganda-based pharmaceutical plant); Hayat-Vax, which is produced in the UAE using China’s Sinopharm technology; and the locally produced QazVac vaccine, which just passed the 3rd phase of clinical trials. To date, nearly 2 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine 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. 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. 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. Vaccination data has been integrated into the Ashyq app since July, and citizens who have been fully vaccinated will be given a green status.
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.