Foreign travel advice

Kazakhstan

Summary

You can travel to most places in Kazakhstan, but travel to any closed area requires advance permission from the Kazakh government. Some military/restricted areas are not clearly marked. Take care when travelling away from normal routes. See Local travel

Until 31 December 2017, you can travel to Kazakhstan without a visa, provided your stay does not exceed 30 days (the day you arrive counts as day 1, regardless of arrival time). If you wish to stay longer than 30 days, you’ll need a visa. See Entry Requirements

On 6 December 2016, all Kazakh airlines were removed from the list of airlines banned from operating to/from the European Union. Pending clarity on the implications for domestic flights, UK government staff in Kazakhstan remain advised not to use any Kazakh airline other than Air Astana for domestic flights. See Air Travel

Most visits to Kazakhstan are trouble-free, but crime against foreigners does sometimes occur. See Crime

You must carry your original passport at all times. See Local Laws and Customs 

There is a general threat from terrorism. See terrorism Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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