Kazakhstan

Capital Astana

Population 17,753,200

Area 2,724,900 km2

Key facts

Kazakhstan is a country located in Central Asia. There are 5 countries (China, Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) that Kazakhstan shares its borders with. As for languages, the country's residents speak Kazakh and Russian. Traveling across Kazakhstan if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Kazakhstan was ranked 96th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Kazakhstan is Kazakhstani tenge (KZT). The tenge (₸) is subdivided into 100 tïın.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 463.72 KZT and 1 USD is worth 478.04 KZT.

Kazakhstani
Banknotes

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Kazakhstani
Coins

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Kazakhstan is 70.58 Mbps and mobile is 36.9 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Kazakhstan has more ATMs than most other countries.95.78 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Kazakhstan, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Kazakhstan. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type F 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Kazakhstan?

There are Mariott hotels in Nur-Sultan.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Kazakhstan.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Kazakhstan.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Kazakhstan.

There are Radisson hotels in Nur-Sultan.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Kazakhstan.

What fast food chains are present in Kazakhstan?

If you are not a fan of trying new dishes, have a look at the following list of fast-food chains in Kazakhstan.

The McDonald's chain operates in Kazakhstan.

The KFC chain operates in Kazakhstan.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Kazakhstan.

The Subway chain does not operate in Kazakhstan.

The Domino's Pizza chain does not operate in Kazakhstan.

The Starbucks chain operates in Kazakhstan.

Weather

Today the sun in Astana, rises at 7:11 AM and sets at 6:57 PM. The climate of Astana may be categorized as a Humid continental (Dfb), according to Koppen's classification system.
FridaySep 30OvercastLow: -5.4°C (22.28°F)High: 1.7°C (35.06°F)
SaturdayOct 1OvercastLow: -5.8°C (21.56°F)High: 4°C (39.2°F)
SundayOct 2Partly cloudlyLow: -4.1°C (24.62°F)High: 6.4°C (43.52°F)
MondayOct 3Partly cloudlyLow: -3.3°C (26.06°F)High: 6.9°C (44.42°F)
TuesdayOct 4SunnyLow: -2.5°C (27.5°F)High: 9.1°C (48.38°F)
WednesdayOct 5SunnyLow: -2.4°C (27.68°F)High: 10.5°C (50.9°F)

Weather data for Astana (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Almaty.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Kazakhstan.

Car Rental Avis , Hertz are available, but Sixt is not present in Kazakhstan.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 5.1, Kazakhstan is placed 59th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Kazakhstan traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  1,188.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2015.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 12.70 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 2: Exercise increased caution. 

Emergency phones in Kazakhstan

112 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Kazakhstan?

Currently, citizens of 73 countries can enter Kazakhstan without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Kazakhstan.

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