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Kazakhstan travel restrictions

Open for citizens: no Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: no Quarantine: no
Airlines Updates

Published on 02.07.2020
Qazaq Air May 2020 operations as of 14MAY20

Published on 24.06.2020
Air Astana resumes regular service to Seoul in late-June 2020

Published on 19.06.2020
FlyArystan expands domestic network in July/August 2020
SCAT Aircompany resumes Turkey service from July 2020

Published on 18.06.2020
Air Astana resumes Turkey scheduled service from late-June 2020

Published on 16.06.2020
Air Astana Resumes International Services

Published on 09.06.2020

SCAT expands Kyzylorda service in June 2020

 

08.06.2020 Air Astana in the last few weeks filed International operations for the remainder of summer 2020, when the airline gradually resumes International flights. As of 04JUN20, the airline plans to resume International and regional flight as early as 01JUL20, subject to travel restrictions in Kazakhstan, as well as other countries, which may impact planned operation listed below.

Revised International service sees the airline schedules 24 routes, instead of 44, as well as the removal of Boeing 757 and Embraer E190(-E1) aircraft.

Almaty – Antalya 5 weekly 767
Almaty – Baku 3 weekly E190-E2
Almaty – Bangkok 2 weekly A321neo
Almaty – Beijing Capital 5 weekly A320/321
Almaty – Bishkek 4 weekly E190-E2/A320
Almaty – Delhi 3 weekly A320/321
Almaty – Dubai 3 weekly A321
Almaty – Dushanbe 5 weekly E190-E2/A320
Almaty – Istanbul 7 weekly A321
Almaty – Kyiv Borispil 7 weekly A320
Almaty – Moscow Domodedovo 14 weekly A321/321neo
Almaty – Seoul Incheon 3 weekly A321neo
Almaty – St. Petersburg 5 weekly A320/321
Almaty – Tashkent 7 weekly E190-E2/A320
Almaty – Tbilisi 4 weekly E190-E2/A320/321
Almaty – Urumqi 3 weekly E190-E2
Atyrau – Amsterdam 4 weekly A321
Atyrau – Istanbul 2 weekly A321
Kostanay – Hannover 2 weekly A320
Nur-Sultan – Antalya 4 weekly A320/321
Nur-Sultan – Dubai 5 weekly A320
Nur-Sultan – Frankfurt 7 weekly A321neo
Nur-Sultan – Moscow Domodedovo 7 weekly A320
Uralsk – Frankfurt 1 weekly A320

Published on 05.06.2020

Air Astana July – October 2020 International Preliminary operations as of 04JUN20

 

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Flight Restrictions

published 02.07.2020
1. Airports are closed for international flights.
– This does not apply to flights arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Thailand or Turkey.
– This does not apply to repatriation and evacuation flights.
– This does not apply to flights of airlines of Kazakhstan.
2. Passengers arriving from Turkey must:
– have a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 5 days before arrival; or
– be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at most 48 hours after arrival.

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Quarantine

Those traveling to Kazakhstan from abroad will be held in quarantine for up to two days and tested for COVID-19. Individuals either displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or who test positive for COVID-19 will be hospitalized. Those who test negative will be released after the two days of monitored quarantine and allowed to self-isolate from home for 12 days. Individuals in self-isolation at home may be required to download the Smart Astana app, which will be used to monitor compliance with self-isolation restrictions.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

  • Kazakhstan The Kazakh government has proposed starting the Central Asian nation’s second lockdown from July 5 and maintaining it for at least two weeks (Reuters, 01.07.2020) Kazakhstan gradually renews regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases. (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. 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. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    01.07.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev ordered his government on Monday 29 June to prepare a package of coronavirus restrictions similar to the hard lockdown that the Central Asian nation imposed in March-May after a recent sharp rise in infections. (Reuters, 29.06.2020)
    Kazakhstan gradually renews regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

    1. Airports are closed for international flights.
    – This does not apply to flights arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Thailand or Turkey.
    2. Passengers arriving from Turkey must:
    – have with a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 5 days before arrival; or
    – be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at most 48 hours after arrival.

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases. (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. 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. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    29.06.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan will gradually renew regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

    1. Airports are closed for international flights.
    – This does not apply to flights arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Thailand or Turkey.
    2. Passengers arriving from Turkey must:
    – have with a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 5 days before arrival; or
    – be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19) at most 48 hours after arrival.

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. 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. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    23.06.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan will gradually renew regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

    1. Airports are closed for international flights.
    – This does not apply to flights arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Thailand or Turkey.
    2. Passengers arriving from Turkey with a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 5 days before arrival, are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    3. Passengers arriving from Turkey without a medical certificate are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and quarantine.

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    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. 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. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    21.06.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan will gradually renew regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

    Airports are closed for international flights.
    Effective 20 June 2020:
    1. Airports are closed for international flights.
    – This does not apply to flights arriving from China (People’s Rep.), Georgia, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Thailand or Turkey.
    2. Passengers arriving from Turkey with a medical certificate stating a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 5 days before arrival, are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    3. Passengers arriving from Turkey without a medical certificate are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and quarantine.

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Most foreign nationals, including those from the UK, are currently prevented from travelling to Kazakhstan. Those who do arrive are subject to 24 hours mandatory quarantine while testing for coronavirus takes place. All travellers to Kazakhstan are then subject to health monitoring and mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. These measures may vary according to the severity of the outbreak in the country of origin, and could include: daily health monitoring by telephone call after arrival, health monitoring at the traveller’s place of residence, quarantine in a hospital for 14 days.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    Residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country as several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, are in lock-down due to coronavirus restrictions. 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. The borders between Kazakhstan and its neighbours are currently closed to traffic, due to coronavirus restrictions.

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    18.06.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan will gradually renew regular flights to Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and Georgia starting from June 20. (Reuters, 12.06.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are:
    Diplomatic personnel and their family members.
    Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.
    Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews.
    Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children).
    Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits.
    Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan
    All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart.
    Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country.
    Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return.

    COVID-19 Testing for Certain Travelers:
    In the event the Kazakhstani authorities determine that you have likely been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they may require you to go to a medical treatment facility in order to be tested. In that event, please comply with instructions while at the same time taking such personal items as you may need if the testing process requires an overnight stay or a longer period of quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    Government locks down several towns following spike in fresh COVID-19 cases (Reuters, 11.06.2020).
    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain.
    Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Limited flights have resumed between Nur-Sultan and Almaty and other cities, including Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Semey, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Taraz, Karaganda, Taldykorgan, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Aktau, Uralsk, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan, and Urdzhar. As of May 11, passengers will no longer be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. At the airport, passengers will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines of one meter. Staff at the airport will measure passengers’ temperature.
    Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with highly limited exception, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, and some employees of designated companies in critical industries.
    Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place:
    Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned.
    Entry and exit to these cities is restricted.
    There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. However, in the Almaty region checkpoints between districts and cities were removed.
    Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine.
    Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Kazakhstan will take down police checkpoints between its regions next week and reopen kindergartens and gyms as it moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown, the government said on Friday 29 May (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

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    12.06.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan to further ease restrictions, may resume some international flights (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return. COVID-19 Testing for Certain Travelers: In the event the Kazakhstani authorities determine that you have likely been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they may require you to go to a medical treatment facility in order to be tested. In that event, please comply with instructions while at the same time taking such personal items as you may need if the testing process requires an overnight stay or a longer period of quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain. Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Limited flights have resumed between Nur-Sultan and Almaty and other cities, including Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Semey, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Taraz, Karaganda, Taldykorgan, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Aktau, Uralsk, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan, and Urdzhar. As of May 11, passengers will no longer be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. At the airport, passengers will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines of one meter. Staff at the airport will measure passengers’ temperature. Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with highly limited exception, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, and some employees of designated companies in critical industries. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place: Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. However, in the Almaty region checkpoints between districts and cities were removed.

    Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine. Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Kazakhstan will take down police checkpoints between its regions next week and reopen kindergartens and gyms as it moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown, the government said on Friday 29 May (Reuters, 29.05.2020)

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    30.05.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakh and Turkish airlines may resume passenger flights between the two countries in late June. (Reutera, 23.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return. COVID-19 Testing for Certain Travelers: In the event the Kazakhstani authorities determine that you have likely been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they may require you to go to a medical treatment facility in order to be tested. In that event, please comply with instructions while at the same time taking such personal items as you may need if the testing process requires an overnight stay or a longer period of quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain. Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Limited flights have resumed between Nur-Sultan and Almaty and other cities, including Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Semey, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Taraz, Karaganda, Taldykorgan, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Aktau, Uralsk, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan, and Urdzhar. As of May 11, passengers will no longer be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. At the airport, passengers will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines of one meter. Staff at the airport will measure passengers’ temperature. Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with highly limited exception, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, and some employees of designated companies in critical industries. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place: Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. However, in the Almaty region checkpoints between districts and cities were removed. Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine. Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

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    27.05.2020
  • Kazakhstan Kazakh and Turkish airlines may resume passenger flights between the two countries in late June. (Reutera, 23.05.2020)

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return. COVID-19 Testing for Certain Travelers: In the event the Kazakhstani authorities determine that you have likely been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they may require you to go to a medical treatment facility in order to be tested. In that event, please comply with instructions while at the same time taking such personal items as you may need if the testing process requires an overnight stay or a longer period of quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain. Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Limited flights have resumed between Nur-Sultan and Almaty and other cities, including Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Semey, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Taraz, Karaganda, Taldykorgan, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Aktau, Uralsk, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan, and Urdzhar. As of May 11, passengers will no longer be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. At the airport, passengers will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines of one meter. Staff at the airport will measure passengers’ temperature. Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with highly limited exception, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, and some employees of designated companies in critical industries. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place: Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. However, in the Almaty region checkpoints between districts and cities will be removed from 18 May. Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine. Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

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    23.05.2020
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    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return. COVID-19 Testing for Certain Travelers: In the event the Kazakhstani authorities determine that you have likely been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, they may require you to go to a medical treatment facility in order to be tested. In that event, please comply with instructions while at the same time taking such personal items as you may need if the testing process requires an overnight stay or a longer period of quarantine.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain. Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Limited flights have resumed between Nur-Sultan and Almaty and other cities, including Kyzylorda, Oskemen, Semey, Petropavlovsk, Aktobe, Pavlodar, Taraz, Karaganda, Taldykorgan, Kokshetau, Shymkent, Aktau, Uralsk, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan, and Urdzhar. As of May 11, passengers will no longer be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. At the airport, passengers will be required to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines of one meter. Staff at the airport will measure passengers’ temperature. Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens with highly limited exception, including diplomats, direct-family members of Kazakhstani citizens, residency permit holders, and some employees of designated companies in critical industries. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place: Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. However, in the Almaty region checkpoints between districts and cities will be removed from 18 May. Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine. Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

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    19.05.2020
  • Kazakhstan Airports are closed for international flights. – This does not apply to state, ferry, sanitary flights and technical landings for refuel.

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. Most international flights remain suspended except for limited repatriation flights for foreign nationals to depart and Kazakhs to return.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has ended on 11 May though many domestic restrictions remain. Domestic flights have gradually resumed since 1 May. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place: Residents can now leave their houses but they must wear masks and adhere to strict social distancing. Gathering of more than three people is banned. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine. Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended.

    Source: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm https://pandemic.internationalsos.com/2019-ncov/ncov-travel-restrictions-flight-operations-and-screening https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/28d22011-27ed-4ee9-b8b0-184298f8e0d5 https://kz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

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    12.05.2020
  • Kazakhstan Airports are closed for international flights.
    – This does not apply to state, ferry, sanitary flights and technical landings for refuel.

    International restrictions:

    All foreign nationals are barred entry into the country until further notice due to the imposition of a state of emergency. Categories of foreign nationals that are exempt from this restriction are: Diplomatic personnel and their family members. Members of official delegations invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. Members of train, locomotive, aircraft and sea crews. Family members of citizens of Kazakhstan (subject to confirmation of kinship – spouses, parents and children). Foreigners (stateless persons), holders of Kazakh residence permits. Service personnel of foreign cross-border facilities on the territory of Kazakhstan. All foreigners currently in Kazakhstan are allowed to depart. Kazakh nationals are exempt from inbound travel restrictions but are not allowed to leave the country. The number of international flights has been severely reduced. Almaty International Airport (ALA) will temporarily stop all international flights. Almaty and Nur Sultan airports have stopped accepting international scheduled and evacuation passenger flights.

    Internal restrictions:

    The state of emergency has been extended until 11 May.
    Despite the state of emergency, restrictions are expected to ease. Flights between Nur-Sultan and Almaty, and other major cities have resumed from 1 May. Nur-Sultan and Almaty have been placed under quarantine with the following restrictions in place:
    Intercity air, bus and rail services linking the two cities with other major urban centres are suspended. Entry and exit to these cities is restricted. Residents are barred from leaving their homes, unless to go to work or buy food and medicine. There will be increased patrolling by the police forces, with an additional number of spot checks for identification documents. Measures that are similar to what is in place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have also been introduced in Akmola province, Atyrau (Atyrau province), Shymkent, and several towns in Karaganda province, all of which have also been placed under so-called quarantine.
    Some form of movement restrictions have also been introduced in Aktobe (Aktobe province), Aktau (Mangystau province), Kostanay province, Pavlodar province, Turkistan province, West Kazakhstan province, and Zhambyl province; in some of these provinces both exit and entry are banned, while in some only entry is restricted. Intercity bus and rail services linking these cities and provinces with other major urban centres have been limited or suspended. Saryarka International Airport (KGF) in Karaganda and Shymkent International Airport (CIT) have been closed. In some locations the operation times of public ransport have been reduced, while it has been suspended in Nur-Sultan. Banks in Almaty are open, ATMs remain operational. Quarantine introduced in East Kazakhstan Province.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kazakhstan/safety-and-security#local-travel]
    [https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/28d22011-27ed-4ee9-b8b0-184298f8e0d5]
    [https://kz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/]
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