Overland Kazakhstan Travel

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Visiting Kazakhstan[edit]

Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.

Entering Kazakhstan with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: 2013

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Kazakhstan, application instructions and fees see: Kazakhstan Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
List the paperwork required to enter with a vehicle, including number of copies

Process at border[edit]

Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle

Cost of entry[edit]

State the cost for a vehicle to enter

Permitted length of stay[edit]

State the permitted length of entry for the vehicle

Extension of stay[edit]

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

Driving in Kazakhstan[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Kazakhstan[edit]

Lonely Planet Central Asia (travel Guide)
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Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
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Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
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by Chris Scott
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Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
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The Gulag Trail: Footprints Into Exile
The Gulag Trail: Footprints Into Exile
by Jerry Kubica
From $8.73 on Amazon

Travel insurance for Kazakhstan[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Third Party Liability insurance mandatory. Can be purchased at the border on entry

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

Driving license[edit]

No IDP requested in 2013. Valid Drivers License from Country of origin was acceptable. This is true, but I would recommend an IDP and only surrender your actual home government driver's license if pressed.

Driving side of road[edit]

Unknown if RHD vehicles can be driven in Kazakhstan

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)


General Road quality[edit]

Give a brief description of the general road quality. Mention if one way streets are common.

Road signs[edit]

Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.

Toll roads[edit]

List the frequency and approximate price of toll roads.

Bribery in Kazakhstan[edit]

Kazak Traffic Police corrupt and routinely stop foreign vehicles looking for small bribes. Local drivers also subject to extortion if any driving infringement observed by police. Checkpoints on major roads common requiring all drivers to come to a complete stop and be assessed by the Traffic Police. Traffic Police will examine foreign registered vehicles looking for an infringement eg window tint on front windows, headlights not on at all times. If no infringement found they may look to fabricate an issue eg IDP states permitted to drive with a trailer = Kazak Police: "Where is your trailer!"

Driver will be asked for vehicle and personal documentation and these held by the Traffic Police officer as leverage. Usually the driver will be asked to join the officer in the Police vehicle, a fine and 'paperwork' and often a 'requirement' to join the officer at the Police station will be threatened, the officer will then wait for a counter offer from the driver. Negotiating the size of the fine/bribe is acceptable. The officer will be looking for cash - a payment around Error in price tag: The currency attribute must be specified. was usually sufficient in 2013.


Frequent Police checkpoints; multiple checkpoints usually on entering/exiting larger towns and usually a single checkpoint on the main road/highway for small towns.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas and Diesel price in Kazakhstan[edit]

Last updated: October 2012

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded €0.70 EUR per Liter[1]
Diesel €0.50 EUR per Liter[1]

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Diesel quality appeared good in 2013 with frequent new and modern service stations along major highways.

Diesel 350ppm in 2013.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Kazakhstan[edit]

Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.


Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan 2016 : Rip & Waterproof Map By Reise Know-h...
Kazakhstan 2016 : Rip & Waterproof Map By Reise Know-h...
by Reise Know-How Verlag
From $10.49 on Amazon
Kazakhstan Road Map1:2m Fb 2009 (english, Spanish, Fre...
Kazakhstan Road Map1:2m Fb 2009 (english, Spanish, Fre...
by Freytag-Berndt
From $10.99 on Amazon
Uzbekistan: The Golden Road To Samarkand (odyssey Illu...
Uzbekistan: The Golden Road To Samarkand (odyssey Illu...
by Calum MacLeod, Bradley Mayhew
From $14.35 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Kazakhstan[edit]

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Kazakhstan[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Kazakhstan[edit]

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'


Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

  1. 1.0 1.1 World petrol prices, gas prices, diesel prices|MyTravelCost.com

Helpful External links[edit]

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