Last updated: 5 May 2018

Kazakhstan

About

There is no shortage of things to do and see in Kazakhstan. From history to art to culture to the outdoors, Kazakhstan's attractions are plentiful.

It is a charming country with lots to offer visitors, including the ancient Kazakhstani historical monuments, the renaissance beauty and fashionable metropolitan cities. The mountain scenery is breath-taking and outdoor activities include rafting, canoeing and swimming.
Capital:  Astana (TSE) 
Currency:  Kazakh Tenge (KZT)
Language:  Kazakh and Russian. English is spoken in the major tourist regions.  
Dialling code from SA:  + 7
Time Zones: GMT / UTC +5 to +6 (3 or 4 hours ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2018: 

Jan 1, 3, 7, 8; Mar 21-23; May 1, 7, 9; Jul 6; Aug 22, 30; Dec 1, 3, 16, 17

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to Go: March – June and September - November
Best for: Archaeological Sites, Eco Tourism, Great Silk Road
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin continental plugs are standard
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated. Bottled water is available.
Health: The standard of medical facilities has declined in recent years. Blood is not adequately screened before blood transfusions, equipment may not be properly sterilised and the expertise of doctors is difficult to establish. It is advisable to carry basic medical supplies.  Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it. 
Customs: Kazakh’s are conservative in dress and behaviour. Women should keep their arms, legs and head covered when visiting mosques. Men should wear long pants. Formal dress should be worn to the theatre and dinner parties. 
Local Offences / Laws: Possession and use of illegal drugs can lead to long prison sentences.  
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Kazakhstan by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 200g of tobacco products
• 3L of alcoholic beverages
• A reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use
• Goods up to the value of €1,500 for personal use only

On entering the country, you must complete a customs declaration form, which you must retain until departure. This allows the import of articles intended for personal use, including currency and valuables, which you must register on the declaration form. You must export these at the end of the stay. Customs inspection can be long and detailed. It is advisable to keep receipts for items bought in Kazakhstan in order to avoid difficulties at customs on departure.
Prohibited Imports: Photographs and printed matter directed against Kazakhstan, military arms and ammunition, narcotics and live animals. Food must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate.
Prohibited Exports: Arms and ammunition, precious metals and stones, and furs. Antiquities and art objects require an export permit.

Issuing Authorities

Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan
226 Aries Street
Waterkloof Ridge
0181
Tel/Fax: (012) 460 0162 / 0086
E-mail: pretoria@kazembassy-sa.com 
Web: www.mfa.gov.kz/en/pretoria
Consular Hours: Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri : 0900-1200

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SA Representative

SA High Commission
17th Floor, Kaskad Business Center
Kabanbai
Batyra 6/1, Astana, 010000
Tel: +7 7172 925 326 / Fax: +7172 925 329
E-mail: astana.consular@dirco.gov.za
Web: www.dirco.gov.za/astana/

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio