Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Kazakhstan on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Commercial flights to and from Kazakhstan are operating as normal.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Kazakhstan.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities (available in Russian only). You should check that the test result can be provided in the correct format and language.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Kazakhstan

There are occasionally local restrictions in place, particularly in the south due to recent unrest; you must wear a face covering in public spaces, including in vehicles. Breaches of regulations can result in fines or eventually imprisonment.

Accommodation

Most hotels are open, although some close at short notice due to low demand.

Public places and services

Some quarantine restrictions remain in place, particularly at weekends when some retail and hospitality outlets are closed. Local regulations, including wearing of face masks, should be observed at all times.

Healthcare in Kazakhstan

As advised by local authorities anyone who has symptoms similar to COVID-19 should not go to the hospital, instead you should call the ambulance 103 or the hospital you’re registered with clearly explaining the symptoms. In most parts of the country COVID-19 infected patients are not hospitalised unless severe danger to health.

For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health

View Health for further details on healthcare in Kazakhstan

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Kazakhstan

We will update this page when the Government of Kazakhstan announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Kazakhstan national vaccine programme started in February 2021 and is using the Sputnik V, Qazvac, Coronavac, Sinopharm Beijing and Hayat vaccines. Pfizer is available for some vulnerable groups. The Government of Kazakhstan has stated that British nationals resident, or remaining in Kazakhstan for more than three months are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. Further information on the vaccination programme is available on the Government of Kazakhstan Ministry of Health website

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad page. Kazakhstan recognises UK certificates of vaccination.

If you’re a British national living in Kazakhstan, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.