Kazakhstan Travel Advice

Kazakhstan Travel Advice

General travel information for Kazakhstan

Continent: Asia

Geographical location: Central Asia, exactly in the middle of Eurasia

Highest elevation: Belucha (4,506 m)

Longest river: Irtysh (1700 km)

Form of government: Republic System of

Government: Presidential system

Languages: Kazakh, Russian

Neighboring countries: Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan

Capital: Astana

Area: 2,724,900 km²

Residents: 17,753,200 (as of 1.5.2016)

Population density: 7 residents per km²

Religions: Sunni Islam, Russian Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant Christianity, small Jewish communities

Currency: Tenge (KZT), one euro is approximately 464 KZT.

Climate: continental (cold winters with up to -40 ° C, hot summers with over + 40 ° C)

Time zone: UTC +5 / +6

Area code: + 7

Country code: KZ

Electricity: In Kazakhstan, type C sockets are used. The mains voltage is 220V with a 50Hz change interval.

Travel climate in Kazakhstan

Due to the great distance from the world’s oceans, the climate in Kazakhstan is distinctly continental; cold, sunny winters with little snow are immediately followed by hot, dry and long summers. Spring and autumn are hardly pronounced. It rains little almost everywhere in Kazakhstan, and deserts and semi-deserts, especially in the west, make up more than half of the country. The humidity is very low. Strong winds are also typical, often in the form of sandstorms in summer. Exceptions to these climates are the mountains in the southeast, where summers are short and mild and winters are less cold.

Almaty (southeast) Min Temperature ° C Max Temperature ° C Hours of sunshine / day Rainy days
Jan. -9 -1 4 6
Feb -8 -0.2 4 6
March -2 6 5 10
Apr 6 16 6 10
May 11 21 8 10
June 16 26 10 7
July 18 29 10 5
Aug 17 28 9 4
Sept 12 23 8 4
Oct 4 14 6 7
Nov -2 6 4 7
Dec -6 1 3 6
Aktyubinsk (northwest) Min Temperature ° C Min Temperature ° C Hours of sunshine / day Rainy days
Jan. -20 -11 3 6
Feb -20 -10 5 5
March -13 -3 6 5
Apr -0.4 11 8 5
May 7 22 10 5
June 13 27 11 5
July 15 29 11 5
Aug 13 28 10 4
Sept 7 21 8 5
Oct 0.6 10 4 6
Nov -8 -0.4 3 5
Dec -16 -8 2 6
Astana (north) Min Temperature ° C Max Temperature ° C Hours of sunshine / day Rainy days
Jan. -22 -12 3 7
Feb -22 -11 4 4
March -15 -4 5 4
Apr -2 9 7 4
May 6 20 9 6
June 11 26 10 8
July 14 27 10 6
Aug 11 24 9 7
Sept 5 19 7 5
Oct -3 8 4 7
Nov -12 -3 2.4 6
Dec -18 -9 2 6

Kazakhstan Travel Advice

Culture and sights in Kazakhstan

The state cultural enterprise concentrates on conveying traditional, mostly ethnic-Kazakh cultural content. In the music and theater sector, the state encourages the maintenance of both Kazakh and European music and theater traditions. International artists perform regularly in Astana and Almaty. The spectrum of the cultural offer is wide. In addition to Kazakh and Russian cultural content, Western pop music and international cinema productions are also very popular.

Tourist Attractions:

  • The capital Astana offers an architectural ensemble that is unique for Central Asia in a largely bombastic architectural style in the city center, which is still under construction. E.g. Nur Mosque, Bayterek Tower, Presidential Palace, City Park, Palace of Peace and Reconciliation,…
  • Almaty, metropolis and cultural center of Kazakhstan: First President’s Park, St. Sophia Cathedral (the most important and most beautiful Russian Orthodox church in the country), Kok-Tobe Hill, Big Almaty Lake, Ascension Cathedral, Almaty Central Park, Central State Museum of Kazakhstan
  • Khoja Ahmed Yasawi mausoleum and mosque complex in the city of Turkestan
  • Tamgaly, a site with petroglyphs (rock carvings), some of which are more than 3,000 years old, ancient graves and places of worship: part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004
  • Sary Arka / Kazakh threshold: since 2008, an area of the Kazakh threshold has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • … and of course the endless expanses of the largely untouched landscape in the steppes, the desert and in the mountains

Holidays in Kazakhstan

holiday date
New Year Jan. 1
New Year 2nd day Jan. 2
Christmas Orthodox Jan. 7
International Women’s Day Jan. 8
Nouruz, spring festival March 22
People’s Unity Day 1st of May
Defender of the Fatherland Day May 7
day of the victory May 9
Capital Day July 6
Islamic Festival of Sacrifice In Aug./Sept.
Day of the first President of the Republic Dec 1
Independence day 16-17. Dec

Medical information for Kazakhstan

For legal reasons, we as a tour operator are not allowed to communicate any binding medical information for Kazakhstan and therefore refer to the information provided by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Robert Koch Institute and the German Society for Tropical Medicine and International Health

Travel advice for Kazakhstan

You can obtain current travel and safety advice, information on entering and leaving the country, as well as special criminal information and recommendations for your stay in Kazakhstan from the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

Foreign mission in Kazakhstan

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Nur-Sultan

ul.Kosmonawtow 62, Chubary Microdistrict, 010000 Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Telephone: +7 71 72 79 12 00

Fax: +7 71 72 79 12 13

Website: http: //www.nur- sultan.diplo.de

Contact to the Embassy

Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Berlin

Nordendstrasse 14/17, 13156 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 47 007 111

Fax: +49 30 47 00 7 125

E-Mail: [email protected]

Website: https: //www.gov.kz/memleket/entities/mfa-berlin? lang = en