Kazakstan Warnings and Dangers
Known for the Ascension Cathedral and the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, historic Kazakhstan offers ample explorations for your inquisitive mind. However, you need to heed a few warnings during your visit.
Visas and Other Paperwork
When traveling in Kazakhstan, you need to remember to register your visa if you are not staying in a hotel. A hotel clerk automatically registers the visa as a courtesy, but if you are visiting friends, you will need to go to the Office of Visas and Registration (OVIR) to register your visa. You also have the option to register the visa by paying a nominal fee to a travel agency located in the vicinity.
Bugs in Kazakhstan
The reality is that Kazakhstan, especially the western parts, is filled with bugs you never even knew existed. Home to various types of insects, you should always close your windows at night because these bugs fly, creep and jump. If the thought of dealing with a multitude of bugs causes you to have an anxiety attack, carry insect repellant with you at all times.
Police are on the Lookout for Drunk Pedestrians
In western Kazakhstan, particularly Tengiz and Atyrau, it is against the law to walk while intoxicated. Even if you only drink one or two beers, police may stop you and ask questions. Some police officers actually wait at bars for the sole purpose of picking up customers who are leaving the premises to go home.
Poverty Inspires Bribery or Begging
Kazakhstan is a poor country. Workers cannot even afford basic grocery items. Consequently, bribery and begging are common activities.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Kazakhstan.