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Safety & Laws in Kazakhstan

aneeshaneesh 1 year - Expatriate
Arriving in Kazakhstan
Practical reminders to help you when you first arrive in Kazakhstan
- Keep passport, travel documents, and tickets in a safe place
- Bring enough cash to cover immediate needs. Best to bring dollars or euros, they are easiest to exchange. Bring a credit card and leave some money in your regular bank account because it could take several weeks to set up a local bank account.
- Label luggage clearly. If luggage is lost, immediately notify officials of airline or shipping line.

In an emergency
- Police - 102
- Fire and rescue - 101
- Ambulance - 103
* Best if you speak Russian or have a Russian speaker with you

Accommodation/Safety at home
- Don't leave repair workers alone in your apartment
- If you see signs of a break-in, don't go in. Call police right away.
- Whenever you go out, make sure to turn off all electronic appliances.

Safety in the streets
It is generally safe to walk on the streets in Kazakhstan, but here are some tips to keep you safe.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Don't carry large amounts of cash.
-If traveling at night, try and stay in a large group and use public transportation or official taxis.
- Don't leave belongings out of sight.
- Make sure to carry your cell phone with you.
- Never accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended.
- try not to use cash machines late at night or in poorly lit areas.
- Speaking a language other than Russian or Kazakh will draw attention.

Laws in Kazakhstan
- It is prohibited to drink alcohol or appear drunk in public except for places that serve alcohol.
- It is prohibited to make noise or disturb neighbors between hours of 11pm and 6am.
- Gambling is illegal except for in Borovoe and Kapchagay.
- It is prohibited to sell alcohol to individuals under 18 years of age.

Source - Astana International Club (AIC)

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