In order to protect the life and health of the people the government of Kazakhstan imposed a state of emergency for the period from 08:00 a.m. on March 16, 2020 to 00:00 a.m. on May 11, 2020.
Statistics as of June 30, 2020:
The following measures were taken for the period of emergency:
- malls, cinemas, theaters, museums and other places visited by a large number of people were shut down;
- activity of non-essential services was limited;
- all public events were banned;
- Kazakhstan’s border was closed to foreign citizens with limited exceptions, including diplomats and delegations of international organizations;
- visa-free regime for 54 countries has been suspended until November 1, 2020. You can find additional information on the visa regime here.
On May 11, 2020 the state of emergency was lifted, although general quarantine rules remain in place. Travel between regions and cities are gradually resuming. Most businesses have reopened.
Starting from June 20, Kazakhstan resumes international flights to/from Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Georgia and Japan.
Please note, that passengers arriving from Turkey will be required to provide a valid certificate with a negative PCR result (received no more than five days before their arrival to Kazakhstan). Passengers arriving from China, South Korea, Japan, Georgia, and Thailand will have their temperature measured and be required to fill in a questionnaire.
However, some national parks remain closed for visitors. Parks that are now closed are: Kokshetau National Park, Bayanaul National Park, Buyratau National Park, Sairam-Ugam National Park, and Burabay National Park. Those national parks that are open for visitors, require that visitors comply with sanitary measures. Parks that are now open for visitors are: Ile-Alatau National Park, Kolsay Lakes National Park, Charyn National Park, Altyn-Emel National Park, Katon-Karagay National Park, Karkaraly National Park, Zhongar-Alatau National Park, and Tarbagatay National Park.