Is it safe to travel to Kazakhstan in 2019?

Journal of Nomads
11 July 2019
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Is Kazakhstan safe? This article has all the safety information you need to know about Kazakhstan to enjoy your trip there in 2019.

Kazakhstan is a huge untouched country. Most of it is quite wild, arid and desertic. It’s one of the few places in the world that can still be considered an off-the-beaten-path destination.

Apart from arid plains, the country also has some beautiful mountains, clear lakes and a huge canyon near the city of Almaty. It’s a country where you can find lush valleys, glacial lakes, snowcapped mountains, and modern cities.

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Kazakhstan has a beautiful culture and everything to charm foreigners. Unfortunately, because the country is not so well known and it has the suffix -stan, many people assume it’s a dangerous place.

Is Kazakhstan really dangerous? Is it safe to travel to Kazakhstan?

Cynthia and I hitchhiked a ride across Kazakhstan, spent some time visiting the Aral sea and lived for a few months in Almaty. We’ll tell you what we think about the safety in this country, according to our own experiences.

If you are asking yourself if Kazakhstan is safe to visit as a solo (female) traveler, to travel independently with your friends or family or if it is safe for students and expats to live in its capital city or in Almaty, you’re in the right place.

  1. Is Kazakhstan safe for tourists?

Tourism in Kazakhstan is booming and the country is becoming increasingly popular. Apart from the gorgeous sights that can be found throughout the country, Kazakhstan is generally a very safe destination.

Like its neighboring country, Kyrgyzstan and other Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan has been placed in Level 1 countries by the US Department of State, meaning it is among the safest countries in the world to travel to!

The country is considered to be safer than destinations such as France and Germany, which are Level 2 countries.

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Elderly ladies in Kazakhstan are delighted to meet foreigners…
Elderly ladies in Kazakhstan are delighted to meet foreigners…

There is a growing number of tourists in Kazakhstan and virtually almost all of them report feeling very safe in the country. The people in Kazakhstan are usually very welcoming and generous to foreigners visiting their country.

Some people might argue though that the country is not safe because there was for a long time a dictatorship as president Nazarbayev ran the country unchallenged for 29 years in a row. Although that was true, the country has been very peaceful over the years.

There is a growing number of tourists in Kazakhstan and virtually almost all of them report feeling very safe in the country. The people in Kazakhstan are usually very welcoming and generous to foreigners visiting their country.

Some people might argue though that the country is not safe because there was for a long time a dictatorship as president Nazarbayev ran the country unchallenged for 29 years in a row. Although that was true, the country has been very peaceful over the years.


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