Kazakhstan (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.


At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Citizens and residents of Kazakhstan who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Kazakhstan are exempt from entry requirements

Vaccines allowed: Sputnik V, QazVac, CoronaVac and Sinopharm.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Negative PCR test results is required for all countries.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Self-isolation for 14 days required for all travelers who test positive.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 03.12.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter and transit.
-This does not apply to:
– nationals of Kazakhstan;
– residents of Kazakhstan. They are only allowed to enter once in 30 days;
– nationals of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Germany, Egypt, Hungary, Korea (Rep), Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Russian Fed., Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan;
– passengers with a British passport;
– spouses, parents and children of nationals or residents of Kazakhstan. They are only allowed to enter once in 30 days;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport and their family members;
– passengers with a visa issued by Kazakhstan and approved by the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan;
– passengers traveling as students with an invitation letter from an educational institution of Kazakhstan;
– passengers traveling on business and approved by the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.
2. Nationals of India are not allowed to enter.
3. Flights to Kazakhstan are suspended.
-This does not apply to:
– flights from Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, Germany, Georgia, Korea (Rep.), Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Netherlands, Qatar, Russian Fed., Turkey, Tajikistan Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan;
– repatriation flights.
4. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 3 days before arrival. The test result must be issued in English, Kazakh or Russian.
This does not apply to:
– passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued in Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Moldova (Rep.), Mongolia, Philippines, San Marino, Thailand and Turkey, showing that they were fully vaccinated. They must not be arriving from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechia, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands or United Kingdom;
– passengers younger than 5 years if accompanied by a person with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result.
5. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
6. Until 31 December 2021, suspension of visa exemptions for British nationals and nationals of Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (People’s Rep.), Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland (Rep.), Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City (Holy See) and Vietnam with a normal passport.


Detailed Tourist Information

Kazakhstan tighten international entry restrictions from Dec. 3 over concerns regarding the recently identified Omicron variant of COVID-19. From this date, nonresident foreign nationals from the following countries are prohibited from entry: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, eSwatini, Malawi, Tanzania, and Hong Kong.

Additionally, travelers from countries that have declared the presence of the Omicron variant must – regardless of vaccination status – present a negative PCR test and self-isolate for seven days on arrival; these countries currently include Australia, Belgium, the UK, Czech Republic, Germany, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Canada, and the Netherlands.

Other international entry restrictions remain in effect. Visa-free travel remains suspended. However, flights with several countries have resumed, including Belarus, Egypt, Germany, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, the UAE, and Uzbekistan, though capacity is likely to be limited. Some routes may also be suspended in the wake of the new entry restrictions.

As of Nov. 30, all international arrivals must provide a vaccination certificate or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before entry into Kazakhstan. This restriction does not apply to diplomats, aircrew, train crews, ship crews, and cross-border workers; however, freight truck drivers must provide a negative test. Upon arrival, returning Kazakh nationals who do not produce a negative test or vaccine certificate will be tested and placed in quarantine for at least three days. All symptomatic individuals will be hospitalized, while asymptomatic individuals must self-isolate for a further 12 days.

Lockdown Details

A wide variety of businesses – including gyms and fitness centers, pools, beaches, cultural facilities, museums, exhibits, entertainment centers, religious facilities, some movie theaters, food courts, and recreational facilities – are open, in some cases subject to restrictions on hours of operation subject to capacity limitations. However, some regional and local governments periodically impose restrictions in response to increases in the infection rate.

The Chief Sanitary Doctor of Kazakhstan has mandated that masks be worn nationwide in public settings, including both indoor and outdoor spaces and on public transportation. Failure to comply with this measure could result in administrative penalty.

All large events and family gatherings are prohibited. Individual and group outdoor fitness activities are permitted, and people may walk in parks and other public spaces in groups of three or less.


Data Source: covidcontrols.co