Country: Kazakhstan is a country in central Asia. It is the world’s largest landlocked country by land area and the ninth largest country in the world. It has borders with Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Its capital is Astana and it has a population of approximately 17 million. Kazakh or Qazaq, a Turkic language, is the most common language spoken.
To access emergency services: Dial 103 or 112
Currency: Kazakhstani tenge (KZT)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Kazakhstan, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in a Kazakhstan hospital: Medical care in Kazakhstan is extremely limited. Shortages of essential medical supplies are common.
Most visitors go to the VIP Hospital in Almaty or the International SOS Clinic in Almaty. Both the VIP Hospital and International SOS offer 24-hour emergency care. Serious medical problems will require air evacuation to a country with state-of-the art medical facilities.
Many doctors and hospitals will expect payment in cash, regardless of whether you have travel health insurance.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Kazakhstan: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.
Kazakhstan-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.