Our Kazakhstani office

Inter Relocation Group Ltd.
1068 Budapest,
Felsőerdősor u.
12-14. I. em. 4.
Hungary (Group Partner)

Contact
Stuart McAlister – Managing Director
Tel.: +36 1 278-5680
Fax: +36 1 278-5688
Email: info@interrelo.com
Responsible for: Operations in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Relocation Guide

Key Facts

Government type: President Republic
Capital: Astana
Total Area: 2,724,900 km2
Population: 17,948,816

GDP Per Capita (PPP) $ 24,143
Official languages: Kazakh, Russian
Religions: 70% Muslim, 26% Christian, 0.1% Buddhists, 0.2% others, and 3% Irreligious
Country code: +7-6xx, +7-7xx
Currency: Tenge (KZT)
Voltage: 220 V

Brief Overview

Being the world’s 9th largest country and located in the centre of Eurasia, Kazakhstan is one of the largest land­locked countries in the world.

Kazakhstan’s economy became one of the fastest growing in the world, and the country has built a robust politi­cal system of presidential and parliamentary democracy with its media and NGOs enjoying a growing voice and role in shaping the society.

The Republic is a multinational state inhabited by representatives of more than 120 nationalities. The main religions are Islam and Orthodox Christianity, but religious tolerance is the norm.

Culture

Kazakhstan is a bilingual country: the Kazakh language, spoken by 64.4% of the population, has the status of the state language, while Russian, spoken by almost all Kazakhstanis, is declared the official language, and is used routinely in business.

The Kazakh people are rich in traditions, many of which have been rediscovered only recently. Outstanding hospitality is always offered to strangers. If you visit a Kazakh household, you can be sure hosts will stand up in greeting as you enter the door, not depending on whether they have expected guests or not.

Many cities in Kazakhstan have bazaars that have historically played a role of cities’ centers of life and business. One of these traditional bustling bazaars, the Zelyony Bazaar in Almaty, for example, is crowded with stalls offering everything starting from delicious Alma-Ata apples and fresh spices to hand-made clothes and toys.

Immigration

Citizens of Georgia, Ukraine and CIS member states (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldavia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) do not need an entry visa.

Starting from July 16, 2015 until December 31, 2017 citizens of Australia, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Finland, France, Switzerland and Japan are exempted from visa requirements for a stay of up to 15 days from the moment of crossing the state border of Kazakhstan.

Otherwise, an entry visa is required for stays exceeding 15 days and citizens of the countries not listed above.

To work in Kazakhstan foreign nationals need a work permit and work visa. The process generally takes up to 1.5 -2 months.

Rental Market

There are two main expat hubs in Kazakhstan: Almaty and Astana. The first one, Almaty, is the financial and cultural capital of the county boasting with beautiful mountain scenery and natural beauty. The second one, Astana, is the political centre and holds all administrative and key representative offices. Both cities have quite a lot to offer in terms of housing.

Almaty has many good options, as former residents relocate to Astana, putting their high-end quality housing up for rent. It is located by the mountains and both expats and locals agree the air here is fresh and the views are amazing. The centre, also called “Golden Triangle”, and the Samal district are especially popular. There are also several housing compounds with private houses to rent such as Tau Samal and Mountain Giant.

Astana is rapidly developing and there is a lot of construction underway. In many ways, it is a unique city that was purposefully built to become the capital of Kazakhstan. The left bank is modern and trendy area with lots of new buildings and this is where most expats prefer to live. The right bank is older, but does have some good residential buildings as well. Quality apartments in Astana and most of apartments in Almaty are located in modern residential buildings with underground parking. Houses and townhouses can be found in both cities, and may be harder to come by in Astana, but sometimes they come up for rent in the Diplomatic Village located in the heart of the city.

City 1 bedroom 2 bedrooms 3 bedrooms 3 bedrooms+/ townhouses
Almaty $1200 – $2000 $2500 – $3000 $3200 – $5000 $4000 – $10000
Astana $1500 – $2000 $2500 – $4500 $3800 – $7000 $5000 – $12000

Schools

There are many international schools in Astana and Almaty which follow international (BA) and American curricu­lums.

The main schools are: QSI, the oldest international school in Kazakhstan following the American curriculum; Haileybury and Miras with the International Baccalaureate program. There are classes for children from the age of 2 to 18. All schools are located in new premises with excellent sport facilities. At present, there are no difficulties with admission to any of the international schools for those children, who are fluent in English, but early applications are always advisable.

Health Care

In Kazakhstan, the public hospitals share of total hospital capacity still remains relatively stable . Hospitals provide primarily inpatient care; primary care is delivered through facilities called ambulatories and policlinics. There are both privately owned for-profit hospitals as well as government hospitals, mainly owned by county and city governments.

Today, there are various international medical centres in Kazakhstan with modern medical equipment and English-speaking staff that have become popular both among expats and locals.  Expats are advised to take care about medical insurance before arriving in the country.

International clinics in Kazakhstan:
SOS International
Interteach
International Medical Center

Key Facts

Government type: President Republic
Capital: Astana
Total Area: 2,724,900 km2
Population: 17,948,816

GDP Per Capita (PPP) $ 24,143
Official languages: Kazakh, Russian
Religions: 70% Muslim, 26% Christian, 0.1% Buddhists, 0.2% others, and 3% Irreligious
Country code: +7-6xx, +7-7xx
Currency: Tenge (KZT)
Voltage: 220 V

Brief Overview

Being the world’s 9th largest country and located in the centre of Eurasia, Kazakhstan is one of the largest land­locked country in the world. This is clearly reflected in a specific climate and a peculiar natural system of the country, which seems to comprise the brightest examples of landscape of both continents.

Kazakhstan’s economy became one of the fastest growing in the world, and the country has built a robust politi­cal system of presidential and parliamentary democracy with its media and NGOs enjoying a growing voice and role in shaping the society.

The Republic is a multinational state inhabited by representatives of more than 120 nationalities. The main religions are Islam and Orthodox Christianity, but religious tolerance is the norm.

Culture

Kazakhstan is a bilingual country: the Kazakh language, spoken by 64.4% of the population, has the status of the state language, while Russian, spoken by almost all Kazakhstanis, is declared the official language, and is used routinely in business.

The Kazakh people are rich in traditions, many of which have been rediscovered only recently. Outstanding hospitality is always offered to strangers. If you visit a Kazakh household, you can be sure hosts will stand up in greeting as you enter the door, not depending on whether they have expected guests or not.

Many cities in Kazakhstan have bazaars that have historically played a role of cities’ centers of life and business. One of these traditional bustling bazaars, the Zelyony Bazaar in Almaty, for example, is crowded with stalls offering everything starting from delicious Alma-Ata apples and fresh spices to hand-made clothes and toys.

Immigration

Citizens of Georgia, Ukraine and CIS member states (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldavia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) do not need an entry visa.

Starting from July 16, 2015 until December 31, 2017 citizens of Australia, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Finland, France, Switzerland and Japan are exempted from visa requirements for a stay of up to 15 days from the moment of crossing the state border of Kazakhstan.

Otherwise, an entry visa is required for stays exceeding 15 days and citizens of the countries not listed above.

To work in Kazakhstan foreign nationals need a work permit and work visa. The process generally takes up to 1.5 -2 months.

Rental Market

There are two main expat hubs in Kazakhstan: Almaty and Astana. The first one, Almaty, is the financial and cultural capital of the county boasting with beautiful mountain scenery and natural beauty. The second one, Astana, is the political centre and holds all administrative and key representative offices. Both cities have quite a lot to offer in terms of housing.

Almaty has many good options, as former residents relocate to Astana, putting their high-end quality housing up for rent. It is located by the mountains and both expats and locals agree the air here is fresh and the views are amazing. The centre, also called “Golden Triangle”, and the Samal district are especially popular. There are also several housing compounds with private houses to rent such as Tau Samal and Mountain Giant.

Astana is rapidly developing and there is a lot of construction underway. In many ways, it is a unique city that was purposefully built to become the capital of Kazakhstan. The left bank is modern and trendy area with lots of new buildings and this is where most expats prefer to live. The right bank is older, but does have some good residential buildings as well. Quality apartments in Astana and most of apartments in Almaty are located in modern residential buildings with underground parking. Houses and townhouses can be found in both cities, and may be harder to come by in Astana, but sometimes they come up for rent in the Diplomatic Village located in the heart of the city.

City 1 bedroom 2 bedrooms
Almaty $1200 – $2000 $2500 – $3000
Astana $1500 – $2000 $2500 – $4500
City 3 bedrooms 3 bedrooms+/ townhouses
Almaty $3200 – $5000 $4000 – $10000
Astana $3800 – $7000 $5000 – $12000

Schools

There are many international schools in Astana and Almaty which follow international (BA) and American curricu­lums.

The main schools are: QSI, the oldest international school in Kazakhstan following the American curriculum; Haileybury and Miras with the International Baccalaureate program. There are classes for children from the age of 2 to 18. All schools are located in new premises with excellent sport facilities. At present, there are no difficulties with admission to any of the international schools for those children, who are fluent in English, but early applications are always advisable.

Health Care

In Kazakhstan, the public hospitals share of total hospital capacity still remains relatively stable . Hospitals provide primarily inpatient care; primary care is delivered through facilities called ambulatories and policlinics. There are both privately owned for-profit hospitals as well as government hospitals, mainly owned by county and city governments.

Today, there are various international medical centres in Kazakhstan with modern medical equipment and English-speaking staff that have become popular both among expats and locals.  Expats are advised to take care about medical insurance before arriving in the country.

International clinics in Kazakhstan:
SOS International
Interteach
International Medical Center

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