Security and health

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Market. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.

It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.

It is also recommended that Australian travellers register your travel and contact details, before travelling, on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.

Health

Often a change in diet and consumption of local food products is the cause of stomach complaints in Kazakhstan. The treatment usually requires a few days for acclimation. Although Kazakhstan citizens may believe that water out of the tap is drinkable, it is not recommended. Bottled water and soft drinks are readily available at stores, kiosks and hotels.

While Kazakhstan is presently not known for any particular diseases, travellers planning to spend extended periods of time in the Republic should make sure that they are up-to-date with tetanus, rabies, hepatitis, polio, cholera, typhoid inoculations and encephalitis vaccines. Even for short visits, it is strongly advisable to be appropriately vaccinated. Consult a doctor or a travel clinic before travelling to Kazakhstan, allowing time for vaccination series.

Foreigners are advised to bring ample supplies of required medications for their use in an emergency, as the medicine supply in Kazakhstan tends to differ from what foreigners are used to in their home countries.