In light of the COVID-19 situation, please stay safe wherever you are. On this page we have gathered all the important data related to COVID-19 situation in Kazakhstan to keep you well-informed.


January 20, 2021


170990 reported cases

155397 recovered

2403 death caused

Nur Sultan - 20342 Nur Sultan - 18187 Nur Sultan - 375
Almaty - 20393 Almaty - 18707 Almaty - 415
Shymkent - 5743 Shymkent - 5359 Shymkent - 86
Akmola region - 8558 Akmola region - 7449 Akmola region - 99
Karaganda region - 12920 Karaganda region - 12081 Karaganda region - 297
Atyrau region - 15104 Atyrau region - 13859 Atyrau region - 125
Zhambyl region - 5317 Zhambyl region - 4976 Zhambyl region - 63
Turkestan region - 3928 Turkestan region - 3678 Turkestan region - 48
East Kazakhstan region - 19638 East Kazakhstan region - 19099 East Kazakhstan region - 324
Almaty region - 8377 Almaty region - 6225 Almaty region - 96
Aktobe region - 3448 (+8) Aktobe region - 3699 Aktobe region - 48
North Kazakhstan region - 9709 North Kazakhstan region - 8931 North Kazakhstan region - 41
Pavlodar region - 10874 Pavlodar region - 9604 Pavlodar region - 95
Mangistau region - 3905 Mangistau region - 3697 Mangistau region - 57
Kyzylorda region - 3500 Kyzylorda region - 3401 Kyzylorda region - 15
West Kazakhstan region - 10030 West Kazakhstan region - 8661 West Kazakhstan region - 183
Qostanay region - 8811 Qostanay region - 7784 Qostanay region - 36

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Due to current epidemiological situation to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kazakhstan, the Government adopted a number of measures:
*Australia, USA, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, UAE, Vatican, Vietnam Germany, Greece, Denmark, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, Ireland, Iceland, Spain, Indonesia, Italy, Canada, Qatar, Cyprus, Colombia, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malaysia, Malta , Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Norve tions, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the Philippines, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Chile, Switzerland, Sweden and Estonia.
The above means that the citizens of 57 countries who are planning to visit Kazakhstan need to obtain a visa of the appropriate category. All visas will be issued in accordance with the current rules of issuing visas of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In order for a foreign citizen to enter Kazakhstan, the host party needs to apply for a special permission, which is issued by the decision of the Interdepartmental Commission under the Government of Kazakstan. 

Process of obtaining the permission from Interdepartmental Commission on entry of foreign citizen to the Republic of Kazakhstan:

Step 1

The host entity determines the need for the precense of the foreign expert on the project in Kazakhstan.

Step 2

Based on the requirements of the region the host entity prepares an official letter on attracting a foreign citizen addressed to the Akim (Mayor) of the region. After review and preliminary approval of Akimat (local Mayory), an application will be forwarded for further approval by the Interdepartmental Commission.

Step 3

Interdepartmental Commission reviews the documents at the Meeting and makes the decision on issuance or refusal on entry permit of a foreign expert.

Step 4

In case of approval Interdepartmental Commission issues the Minutes of the meeting with the approved list of companies and foreign citizens, who are permitted to enter Kazakhstan.

Step 5

Company follows further standard procedures for attracting a foreign labour to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan The Interdepartmental Commission made a decision on prohibiting to accept passengers without certificates of PCR tests.

A certificate of PCR tests is not required for boarding domestic flights between regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Starting October 14, quarantine is reinforced in Nur-Sultan city due to the high risk of COVID-19 infection and the increase of the cases. 

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There are some important updates in Visa regulations of the Republic of Kazakhstan:

New provisions will come into force on September 18, 2020.

A period of stay of foreign citizens has been extended until November 1, 2020 in Kazakhstan.
Due to pandemic, number of countries still have closed borders and ban on international flights. For this reason, many foreigners are unable to return to their home countries.
In response to the situation, Kazakhstan Government decided to extend the period of permitted stay for foreigners until November 1, 2020. Documents expires or to expire within the period from March 16 to November 1 are recognized as valid. These include:
• identity documents
• visas
• temporary residence permit
• permanent residence permit
• labor patent

In accordance with the improvement of the epidemiological situation,the first category of safety now include 12 countries: China, Thailand, Mongolia, Malaysia, Egypt, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Germany, Belarus, Azerbaijan.

It should be reminded that Kazakhstan has approved three safety categories of countries and restrictions for international passenger flights:

The list of countries changes depending on epidemiological situation.

In accordance with the Resolution of the Chief State Sanitary Doctor of the Republic of Kazakhstan the following country categories and restrictions for international passenger flights were approved.


First category: China, South Korea, Japan, Georgia, Thailand, Hungary, India, Germany,Czech Republic, Malaysia, UAE, Belarus, Turkey, Egypt, Ukraine, Netherlands, Russia.

Restrictive measures:

1) thermometry;

2) questionnaire.


Second category: Poland, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and irregular (evacuation and charter) flights from countries of the third category.

Restrictive measures:

1) thermometry;

2) questionnaire;

3) with a certificate of negative result for COVID-19  of examination (PCR method, no more than 5 days before crossing the state border - without restrictions;

4) without a certificate - laboratory examination for COVID-19 (PCR method within 48 hours from the day of arrival) or home quarantine for 14 days.


Third category: all countries except those from the first and second categories.

Restrictive measures:

Regular flights are prohibited.

State Commission approves Plan for Phased Removal of Quarantine Measures from Aug. 17, 2020
During the quarantine in Kazakhstan, the epidemiological situation has stabilized and the burden on medical organizations has been reduced significantlly. Daily infection growth has reduced from 4% to 0.5%. The number of recovered has reached 76%. The average reproductive rate dropped to 0.78, bed occupancy is 26%. 

The State Commission, having considered the proposals of the regional akims, as well as the position of the Ministry of Healthcare and other departments, approved the Plan for Phased Removal of Quarantine Measures and adopted a number of decisions: 

1. The list of entrepreneurial activities, which will resume their work from Aug. 17, 2020, has been approved:

Employers have been recommended to maintain the remote work format for at least 80% of employees.

2. From Aug. 17, 2020, individual and group training in the open air (no more than 5 people) and sports training for national teams, club teams is allowed (no more than 30 people, accommodation at sports bases, strict compliance with anti-epidemic and preventive measures ).

3. From Aug. 17, 2020, the movement of public transport is resumed with occupancy according to the number of seats, provision of ventilation and disinfection at terminal stops.

4. The ban remains on: 

5. In order to further stabilize the epidemiological situation, restrictive measures will be maintained over the weekend. 

“Mask regime and social distancing are mandatory sanitary requirements for everyone and should become everyday rules in the life of citizens. It is necessary to resume the activities of business entities only when they are fully prepared,” said the Head of Government.

Government has extended restrictive measures to August 17, 2020.

New quarantine measures include several changes:
The previous restrictions such as suspending the public transport services, including interregional bus services, wearing face masks, banning events of mass gathering, including sports events, family gatherings, forums, conferences, seminars, meetings, and so on, are still in place. People are allowed to move around the city after 11.00pm.

In accordance with the order of the President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, following measures to stabilize the epidemiological situation in Kazakhstan were considered.

Taking into account the complication of the epidemiological situation and the increase in the incidence of coronavirus infection in Kazakhstan, the State Commission decided to introduce the following restrictive measures for 14 days from July 5, 2020:


1. International air traffic will be maintained without further expanding the list of countries.

2. Air traffic between regions, railway communication (with restrictions) will be maintained.

3. Passenger bus, auto-communication between regions will be suspended.

4. Work of public transport will be restricted in time.

Public gatherings:

1. A ban will be imposed on entertainment, sports and other public events, as well as family and commemorative events.

2. Individual outdoor training will be allowed.

3. Movement of persons along the streets, parks, squares will be limited to no more than 3 people.

4. Movement of persons over 65 years old will be restricted.

Prohibited activities:

1. Beauty salons, hairdressers, gyms, fitness centers, swimming pools, food and non-food covered markets, beaches, water parks, cultural sites, museums, exhibitions, forums, conferences and other organized public events, entertainment centers, kindergartens (except duty groups), religious facilities, etc. (entertainment centers in the mall, entertainment facilities (karaoke, billiards, computer clubs, bowling centers), cinemas, children's health camps, food courts, banquet halls).

2. Remote work will be maintained for at least 80% of employees of state bodies (organizations), offices, national companies and other organizations.

3. Activities of medical centers by appointment will be maintained.

4. Activities of pharmacies, grocery stores, open markets will be maintained.

5. Activities of the following facilities will be maintained under the condition of enhanced sanitary and disinfection regime: public catering in the open air; construction, industrial enterprises with a continuous production cycle; construction works in the open air; agricultural work, fisheries and livestock; services, including car washes, car repairs and household appliances, public service centers, second-tier banks (but with a time limit).

The head of government noted that, depending on the further development of the epidemiological situation in the country, these restrictive measures can be extended for 2 weeks or strengthened.

There are some important updates in the Procedure for crossing the State Border during the period of quarantine restrictions❗️❗️❗️

1. Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan are allowed travelling to countries with which Kazkahstan agreed to resume regular flights, and foreign citizens, who are coming from those countries are allowed to enter Kazakhstan.

2. In addition, the crossing of the State border of the Republic of Kazakhstan is allowed for:
- foreigners from the ship's crews traveling to the Republic of Kazakhstan;
- cargo owners engaged in agricultural activities in the Republic of Kazakhstan ;
- parents accompanying minor citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan who are studying abroad, as well as for their departure from Kazakhstan abroad in order to extend student visas, issue student ID-cards, and pass exams (tests).

According to a decree of Chief Sanitary Doctor Aizhan Yessmagambetova as of June 6, Kazakhstan eases quarantine measures for arrivals from abroad. According to the decree, persons arriving in the Republic of Kazakhstan from overseas would have to be placed in a quarantine hospital for up to 2 days for conducting COVID-19 laboratory testing.

This is with the exception of:

Persons who have arrived to Kazakhstan from abroad by flights and who have submitted negative COVID-19 examination certificate (issued no later than 5 days before the date of crossing the state border of the Republic of Kazakhstan) are not subject to placing in a quarantine hospital for COVID-19 laboratory testing. Persons arriving from the states of the EAEU and the Republic of Uzbekistan through checkpoints across the State border of the Republic of Kazakhstan by rail, sea, river and motor transport would have to undergo medical tests for COVID-19 at the points of crossing the State border of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

This is with the exception of:

As of May 29, 2020 the National Security service has made changes to entry/departure procedures

➡️The requirement of a certificate of passing a PCR test with a negative result for coronavirus for entry into Kazakhstan by foreigners was CANCELLED.

➡️Citizens, who are qualified employees are allowed to leave Kazakhstan at the request of state bodies according to the list compiled by a specially created interdepartmental commission. Each case is reviewed individually, a prerequisite is an official permit to enter the country of destination.

➡️Foreigners are allowed to enter Kazakhstan to undergo treatment. To do so, they are required to have proper documents.

➡️ Students enrolled in foreign educational institutions are allowed to leave Kazakhstan to extend their student visas, pass exams, and issue ID cards.

More cities have been added for domestic flights starting 13th of May: Uralsk, Aqtau, Shymkent, Zhezkazgan, Balkhash, Zaysan and Urdzhar.
From June 1st, a phased resumption of internal rail traffic is planned, taking into account compliance with the requirements of the Chief State Sanitary in transport. Ticket sales will begin on May 15, 2020. 

The rail service will resume gradually the countrywide on June 1 and June 10, 2020, it said in a statement.

In connection with the end of a state of emergency in Kazakhstan, effective May 13, 2020, the migration service departments have resumed their work in a number of regions, in particular, in Almaty and Nur-Sultan cities.

The State Commission approved a list of types of activities of business entities, which since May 4, 2020, will resume work in Nur-Sultan while maintaining stringent sanitary and epidemiological measures:

non-food stores with a total area of up to 500 m² with a work schedule until 5 p.m.
hairdressing salons, sewing ateliers, shoe shops (by appointment, no more than 3 clients in the hall, daily room processing)
private enforcement agents (by appointment)
lawyers (by appointment)
medical centers (by appointment)
dental clinics (by appointment)
advertising agencies (by appointment)
information and communication technology companies and payment terminal services
photo shops and flower shops
cleaning services
sports and outdoor training
repair of cell phones and sale of accessories, repair and manufacture of keys, watches, locks, etc.

Additionally from 9 a.m. May 4, 2020 Public Service Centers will resume their work with from 09:00 to 17:00 on weekdays at the following addresses:
➡️30, Migilik El Ave (department No. 1 of the Esil District providing services exclusively to business entities
➡️20-40 Street, No. 2 (Specialized Department) providing services exclusively for car dealerships

Visa and migration updates

The Government has decreed the suspension of the visa-free regime in Kazakhstan until November 1, 2020, for entry and departure from Kazakhstan. Documents are published on the website of the Prime Minister.

The decision was made in accordance with the provisions of Article 46 of the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated April 6, 2016 “On Legal Acts”.

"Suspend, until November 1, 2020 the validity of paragraph 17 of the Rules of entry and stay of immigrants in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as their departure from the Republic of Kazakhstan, approved by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated January 21, 2012 No. 148."

According to paragraph 17 of the rules, citizens of the 57 countries could enter and leave Kazakhstan without visas if their stay in the country did not exceed 30 calendar days from the moment of crossing the state border. The said suspension is effective from 17 April to 1 November 2020.

Also, amendments were made to paragraph 26-1, according to which a 72-hour visa-free regime of entry, stay and departure was valid for citizens of China and India, who transit through the international airports of Nur Sultan, Almaty, Shymkent, Aktau, Karaganda and Taraz Kazakhstan.

Important note!

Please pay attention to an important change in the conditions for obtaining a Kazakh visa.

When collecting their passports with Kazakh visa from the consular office, applicants must present a medical certificate confirming that they do not have a coronavirus infection issued within 48 hours prior to their visit to the consular office. Failure to present such a certificate will result in cancellation of their Kazakh visa.


Instructions for expats during the transitional period after ending of a state of emergency

State of emergency was lifted on May 11 in Kazakhstan. During its validity period, all foreign citizens, who are staying in the territory of Kazakhstan and were unable to leave the country in time for reasons beyond their control, have been released from administrative liability for violation of the terms of stay.

In accordance with the Decree of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan No.283 dated May 11, 2020;-90, visas, temporary and permanent residence permits as well as work permits of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which validities were expired within the state of emergency period or within the 60 calendar days after the termination of the state of emergency period, will be recognized as VALID in the Republic of Kazakhstan until July 10, 2020.

In other words, all expired visas will be considered as valid until July 10, 2020.

In order to extend stay of a foreigner in Kazakhstan, the host entity can file the request with the migration service.

Depending on the purpose, the following grounds may apply for extension of stay:
· work permit
· general power of attorney
· labor agreement
· contract for the services provision
· other documents (labor patent, etc.)

Please note that after completion of the 2-month period, effective July 11, 2020, foreigners, who have not renewed the period of stay, will bear administrative liability in accordance with current legislation of the RoK.

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