Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Overview

Kazakhstan is a country that lies mostly in west-central Asia. A small part of Kazakhstan lies west of the Ural River on the European continent. Kazakhstan has a diverse ethnic make up. Bordered by Russia, China, KyrgyzstanUzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Whilst in Kazakhstan visit the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the spaceport launch site, or visit one of the country’s nature reserves where bears, ibex and raptors can be observed.

CLIMATE

Kazakhstan has bitterly cold winters and long, hot summers and receives little rainfall. July temperatures average about 68 °F (20 °C) in the north and about 81 °F (27 °C) in the south. Average annual rainfall totals only 4 to 16 inches.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Astana
POPULATION: 15.3 million
LANGUAGE: Kazakh, Russian
CURRENCY: Tenge
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: KZ
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +7
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +5
GMT/UTC +6

TRAVEL WARNING

You may travel to most places in Kazakhstan, but travel to any “closed territories” or secure areas require advance permission from the relevant authorities. Some military/restricted areas are not clearly marked so care should be taken when travelling away from normal routes.

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk