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Essential info for Kazakhstan

aneeshaneesh 1 year - Expatriate
edited February 2016 in Moving to KZ ?
Things newbie expats or tourist in Kazakhstan need to know

Time in Kazakhstan is UTC+ 6.

The official language is Kazakh, however, 95 percent of the population speaks Russian, especially in the major cities.
A traditional meal will include fermented mare’s milk, but nowadays beer, vodka and wine are just as likely to be drunk with a meal.

Kazakhstan is a vibrant and welcoming country.

Almaty and Astana have a number of relatively expensive western style bars and cafes

Very few restaurants have English menus.

Many restaurants and cafes have free wifi.

Salaries tend to be relatively low, however, day-to-day living costs in Kazakhstan are high

People drive on the right-hand side.

People practice poor driving standards, and the roads are poorly lit and maintained with obscure signs and regulations making driving hazardous, especially in the winter.

Drivers don't always stop or look for pedestrians.

The voltage in Kazakhstan is 220-240 V with the electrical frequency being 50 Hz.

It is recommended to drink bottled water, and wash produce carefully before eating it.

Local television include a small number of English channels including BBC & CNN

Almaty is a very traffic congested city.

Always keep your passport with you, and don't lose the white immigration card. You especially don't want to be caught at night without a passport.

Some passports-holders only have a few days to register with the police after arriving in Kazakhstan so check with your hotel or company.

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