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 September 7, 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.
Starting from June 20, Kazakhstan resumes international flights to/from Turkey, China, South Korea, Thailand, Georgia and Japan. However, as of September 7, 2020 Kazakhstan’s border largely remains closed to foreign citizens.
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: Katon-Karagay National Park, Karkaraly National Park, and Tarbagatay National Park. Parks that are open only Monday through Friday are: Ile-Alatau National Park, Kolsay Lakes National Park, Charyn National Park, Altyn-Emel National Park, and Jungar-Alatau National Park.
On July 5 quarantine restrictions were reinstated throughout the country. These restrictions are expected to be in effect until August 16.
- Regional bus service is suspended. Railroad traveling is limited.
- Most non-essential businesses have been shut down, including beauty salons, gyms, pools, closed markets, beaches, museums, religious institutions, movie theaters, and food courts.
- Some essential businesses continue to operate, including grocery shops, open-air markets, and pharmacies.
- All events and family gatherings are prohibited. People may walk in parks, streets and other public places only in groups of three or less.
According to the Tourism Office of Akmola Province, Zerenda and Burabay Resort Areas will be closed for visitors starting from July 24, 2020 until August 3, 2020. Entry to tourist areas will be subject to checkpoints and traffic restrictions. Hotels and tourism accommodation providers are to be prohibited from accepting booking requests. Health and wellness resorts which are operated by the State, will continue their work in compliance with enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures. However, the activity of rented beaches, saunas, hotel pools will be prohibited. The work of entertainment and retail facilities located on the shoreline of ponds and boat stations has been suspended.