Essential Visitor Information
Kazakhstan offers you a kaleidoscope of interesting and engaging experiences.
Like any other truly foreign country, some things are different and some things are very different.
We hope you’ll find the information in the sections below to be helpful, and of course, we’re ready and willing to answer all your questions and help at any time, before and during your travels to our home country.
It is recommended not to drink the water out of the tap in Kazakhstan.
Exceptions to this exist, particularly in better hotels, but why chance it. The locals will have acquired immunity/resistance to water-borne diseases that you probably don’t have, so ignore any comments they might make about it being safe. When in doubt, drink bottled water, and use it for brushing your teeth too.
No vaccinations are required prior to visiting Kazakhstan. On the other hand, the CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Kazakhstan: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. That might seem like a scary long list, but the chances are you’ve had most of those vaccinations already, and while we’re not going to say you can ignore their advice about the other vaccinations, we’ll just observe that probably few travelers get any additional vaccinations prior to visiting, and enjoy good health during their visit.
If you do become unwell, you should arrange to go to an “international” hospital with English speaking doctors, rather than go to a state operated hospital. The former have reasonably high standards of healthcare, the latter are not quite so consistently excellent.