There is an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in China, some other countries in the region and elsewhere. The Kazakh authorities have introduced a number of precautionary measures.

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

The capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, was formally renamed Nur-Sultan in March 2019. However, the previous name is likely to be widely used for some time.

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. The border between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan is currently closed to traffic.

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.

You must carry your original passport at all times.

Terrorist attacks in Kazakhstan can’t be ruled out.