Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 22 January 2019, 14:45 NZDT
  • Still current at: 28 January 2020

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Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in Kazakhstan due to terrorism and violent crime.

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There is an underlying threat of terrorism in Kazakhstan. On 18 July 2016, a gunman in Almaty killed three policemen and a member of the public. On 5 June 2016, a number of people were killed and injured in an attack in Aktobe in northwestern Kazakhstan. New Zealanders are advised to be security conscious in public places, monitor the media for information about threats to safety and security, and follow any advice and instructions issued by the local authorities.

Violent crime
Violent crime targeting foreigners has been reported in Atyrau and Aktau in western Kazakhstan, and in Astana and Almaty. New Zealanders in Kazakhstan should avoid walking alone and be especially cautious after dark in urban centres.

Robbery, pickpocketing and assaults can occur in shopping areas, markets, public transport, and restaurants. There have also been reports of travellers being robbed by individuals posing as police officers, or unsolicited ‘meet-and-greet’ drivers at airports. Never voluntarily give your wallet to someone, and always check for identification. Do not use unmarked taxis and avoid entering a cab that already has another passenger in the car. It is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable such as mobile devices and jewellery.

General travel advice
Local police often ask to see proof of identity. Foreign nationals are required by Kazakhstan law to carry their passport and visa with them at all times.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Kazakhstan should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. There are shortages of even the most basic medical supplies in Kazakhstan.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Moscow, Russian Federation is accredited to Kazakhstan

Street Address 3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow 119034, Russian Federation Telephone +7 495 956 3579 Alternate Telephone +7 495 956 3580 Fax +7 495 956 3583 Email Web Site Hours Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan

Street Address 247 Rozybakiev Street, Bostandyk District 050060, Almaty, Almaty City Postal Address Rozybakiev Street 247A, Almaty 050060 Telephone +7 701 221 39 70 Email

See our regional advice for Central Asia

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Russian Federation

Street Address
3 Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya, Moscow 119034, Russian Federation

Telephone: +7 495 956 3579

Alternate Telephone: +7 495 956 3580

Fax: +7 495 956 3583



Hours: Mon - Fri 0900 - 1230, 1330 - 1730 hrs

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