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Travel Advice for Kazakhstan

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As visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice, you should contact the nearest Embassy or consulate of Kazakhstan for the most up to date information.

From 16 July 2015, Australians visiting Kazakhstan for stays of up to 15 days will not require a visa. For stays exceeding 15 days, Australians must obtain the appropriate visa for the purpose of their visit, especially if travelling on a long-term business or work trip. Check the validity dates for your visa and associated restrictions before travelling. Penalties for visa infringements or overstaying include fines, imprisonment and deportation. Kazakhstan is strict about its visa policies.

At certain border points, travellers are sometimes provided with a stamped migration entry card. Keep this card in your passport as it may be required when exiting Kazakhstan or when undertaking official business.

All visitors intending to stay for five days or more are required to register with the Kazakhstan Migration Police formerly known as the Office of Visa and Registration (OVIR), within five days of arrival. Visitors should contact their inviting organisation (listed on the visa) for assistance with registration with the Migration Police. Failure to register with the Migration Police can result in fines and significant delays on departure. For the most up to date information and additional requirements on registration, contact the nearest Embassy or consulate of Kazakhstan.

Children travelling alone or with one parent/guardian will require a letter of consent for travel signed by both parents.

There are strict regulations on the export of antiquities.

Strict border controls apply to road travel between Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic).

To be allowed entry into Kazakhstan, you will be required to present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if you are arriving from a country in which yellow fever is endemic. You will also require a valid medical certificate of a negative HIV test if you are intending on staying for more than three months.

Some medications available over the counter of by prescription in Australia, such as sleeping tablets or medication containing codeine, may be illegal or restricted in Kazakhstan. You should contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Kazakhstan for advice. You should also carry a copy of the prescription, a letter from your physician and declare all prescription medication and other restricted items on arrival. If not declared, or if the quantity held exceeds legal limits, possession of such items even with a doctor’s prescription, could lead to administrative or even criminal charges.

Make sure your passport has at least six months validity from your planned date of return to Australia.

Crime

Robbery, pickpocketing, purse snatching and assaults, including with violence, occur on public transport, in parks, shopping areas, open markets (including the Green Market in Almaty), restaurants and near major tourist hotels and nightclubs, especially in the Almaty region. The risk of crime increases at night.

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