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  • Foreigners entering Kazakhstan / Registration ?

    Reply 1 - Registration at the local immigration police has always been the issue in the past, but nowadays most visitors are registered while crossing the border at the airport. My husband arrived at the Astana Intl Airport and was issued an immigration card, valid for 3 months. Needless to say that he made no trip to local migration police after entering the country.

    Reply 2 - I think this legislation differs between nationalities. Turkish citizens, for example, even they arrive through an international airport via airway are required to register in local police department. Western Europeans, USA citizens are not required to register though. (Correction: An Italian citizen commented that he also needs to register in police department)

    Reply 3 - http://mfa.gov.kz/index.php/en/consular-issues12

    Reply 4 - Nothing new, you need to make your registration in 5 days
    Bokhan
  • List of all hostels in Kazakhstan ( Jan 2015)

    This is almost complete list of hostels in various cities in Kazakhstan.Perhaps in handy when you travel to Kazakhstan or you recommend to your foreign friends .Hostels in Kazakhstan is somewhat European system of accommodation that provides its guests for short or long term accommodation

    Almaty / Алматы
    1) http://www.hostelcity.kz/
    2) http://apple-hostel.kz/
    3) http://hostel-almaty.kz/ru/
    4) http://nomads-gh.com/
    5) http://mega-hostel.kz/
    6) http://skalaclub.kz/almaty-hostel/
    7) http://hostelstour.kz/
    8) http://salem-hostel-almaty.satu.kz/
    9) http://l-e-s.kz/about/
    10) http://guest-house.kz/
    11) http://www.kaz-hostel.kz/
    12) http://alma-ata.alm.olx.kz/obyavlenie/ala-hostel-ID5eZB9.html
    13) https://vk.com/super.hostel
    14) http://almaty.satu.kz/p3719676-sun-flower-hostel.html
    15) http://www.hellohostel.kz/
    16) http://www.apartamenty.kz/ru/almaty/hotel/alamaty-central-hostel-1233/almaty-central-hostel-3979.html
    17) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/hostel-athletic.ru.html
    18) http://vk.com/public45954402
    19) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/vdnh-hostel.ru.html
    20) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/hostel-estate-almaty.ru.html
    21) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/estate-hostel.ru.html
    22) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/pop-corn-hostel.ru.html
    23) http://www.apartamenty.kz/ru/almaty/hotel/hostel-almata-city-center-1471.html

    Astana /Астана
    1) http://likehostel.kz/
    2) http://apple-hostel.kz/astana/ru/about
    3) http://www.gthostel.kz/
    4) http://nomad-hostel.satu.kz/p687656-nomad-hostel.html
    5) http://www.clubhostel.kz/
    6) http://www.theplacekz.com/
    7) http://astana-hostel.kz/
    8) http://astana.satu.kz/p2962952-mini-gostinitsa-and.html
    9) http://www.apartamenty.kz/ru/astana/hotel/hostel-life-1543.html
    10) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/sunny-hostel.ru.html
    11) http://americana.kz/
    12) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/titanic-hostel.ru.html
    13) http://grandastanahostel.kz/
    14)http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/capital-hostel.ru.html

    Kostanay / Костанай
    1) http://gor.kz/info/40618/

    Pavlodar / Павлодар
    1) https://vk.com/pozitiffhostel
    2) http://pavlodar.pav.olx.kz/obyavlenie/hostel-city-mini-gostinitsa-ID4PU81.html

    Karaganda / Караганда
    1) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/bakhytty-hostel-kazakhstan.ru.html

    Aktobe/ Актобе
    1) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/bossmet-hostel.ru.html
    2) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/bakhytty-hostel-kazakhstan.ru.html

    Atyrau / Атырау
    1) http://azh.kz/enterprises/48/1102.html

    Uralsk / Уральск
    1) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/home-hostel-uralsk.ru.html
    2) http://www.booking.com/hotel/kz/hostel-friends.ru.html
    3) http://cs233197.satu.kz/p1422069-hostel-aspan.html

    Ust-Kamenogorsk/ Усть-Каменогорск
    1) http://ust-kamenogorsk.vko.olx.kz/obyavlenie/hostel-4plase-ID5dlet.html

    Kyzylorda / Кызылорда
    1) https://vk.com/club67257381
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    Aciel
  • Indian Restaurant Bollywood Closed

    I called Indian Restaurant Bollywood for an home delivery and they informed me that the restaurant is closed permenantly ,the reason they said is because of very less customers
    Sameer
  • Permanent residence Kazakhstan

    Application for a residence permit in Kazakhstan has become much harder lately. For years Kazakhstan was happy with the influx of foreigners to increase population again after the mass exodus of Slavs and Germans post-independence. But now, stricter regulations seem to be targeted at curbing the immigration trend. Most immigrants seeking permanent residence in Kazakhstan are Uzbeks and Kyrgyz, but there are also many Russians, Chinese, Tajiks, Turkmens, Afghans and Turks who are trying to stay in Kazakhstan.

    Application for Kazakh residence permit

    What does this mean in practice for you, wanna-be permanent resident of Kazakhstan? First off, if you have no ties with Kazakhstan (i.e. you or your parents never had a Kazakh passport) you will need to be married with a Kazakh national for 3 years. Having a baby is not a valid reason for family reunion. If you can prove you are exceptionally useful to Kazakhstan (you have qualifications that are in high demand, for instance) you might be able to get a residence permit even though you have not been married for 3 years yet.

    Secondly, you can only apply for permanent residence while in Kazakhstan on a private visa. Once you are in Kazakhstan on a private visa, you can apply at the Ministry of Internal Affairs with the following documents, all properly translated and with apostille if necessary:

    2 copies of a filled in application form
    A document of your local community in your home country stating you are not registered there anymore (that’s all we know)
    A document saying you do not have a criminal record
    A document saying you have no other marriage liabilities
    Copies of your passport
    A medical certificate saying you are not HIV-positive
    A bank account in Kazakhstan on your name with 10000 US$ on it. To open a bank account in Kazakhstan you need an RNN number (Kazakh tax number).

    A tour company might be of help with all of this. Of course, this being Kazakhstan, shortcuts are available for those willing to pay for it. Certain “agents” claim they can fix you up with a residence permit for anywhere between 5000 and 10 000US$. It’s a lot less paperwork, and according to some, it’s the only way.
  • A photo tour of Astana - Part 2 - ErsatzExpat

    Even in the winter intrepid children can be seen climbing and swinging on the equipment or building a small ice slide but the cold is too intense to stay out for very long. For this reason covered playgrounds are very common and the malls will give over a large amount of space to indoor entertainment complexes. One mall has a climbing wall and arcade, the Khan Shatyr has an animatronic dinosaur park, a monorail and a log flume not to mention dodgems and many smaller rides. It also has an indoor beach complete with water slides and a beach volleyball court.

    Astana's indoor beach at the top of the Khan Shatyr we can relax by the beach even in a -40 blizzard. (below)
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    The climbing wall is a popular attraction at one of the malls. (below)
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    Astana is a very young city with a high birth rate - almost all malls will have a toddler friendly soft play where children can let off steam over the winter. (below)
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    If you get bored of using the treadmill in the winter the Khan Shatyr has an indoor running track along the edge where willing victims can excercise in full view of the shoppers. N.B. we have never yet seen anyone brave enough to use it.(below)
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    The main boulevard on the left bank runs from West to East. The centre of the boulevard is a pedestrianized garden walkway allowing people to promenade from the Khan Shatyr (a Norman Foster designed gigantic tent containing a shopping centre, amusement park, beach complex and restaurants) all the way down to the Ak Orda – the Kazakh White House. Along the way you walk past the new Astana Opera House, Government ministries in the shape of salt and pepper pots, a concert hall built in the shape of a Dombyra (the national instrument), or a tulip depending on who you talk to and various spectacular skyscrapers.

    Norman Foster’s giant tent the Khan Shatyr (the tent of the King) dominates the western end of the city. The tent houses a shopping centre, restaurant court, supermarket, theme park, cinema and beach with swimming pools and water-slides. (below)
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    Pedestrians relax in the gardens leading to the Ak Orda (the Palace of the President). The golden pepper pots are government ministries.(below)
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    Designed by Manfredo Nicoletti in the shape of a Dombyra or a tulip the beautiful concert hall on the banks of the river is one of Astana's many cultural venues.(below)
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    In the centre of the boulevard pedestrians find themselves at the Baiterek monument. The structure is an allegory of a Kazakh myth – representing a tree in which a magic bird lays an egg to protect it from a voracious dragon. The white ‘tree’ is topped by a huge golden egg which contains a viewing platform giving unparalleled 360 degree views of the growing city. The bar/restaurant serves drinks and snacks and is the perfect place to relax and watch the sun set over Astana and the Steppe beyond.

    The Baiterek – the monument in the centre of the left bank. The photograph shows the Baiterek lit up for the Nauruz (Persian New Year) celebrations. (below)
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    The Baiterek is surrounded by tree lined gardens and dominates the centre of the Left Bank.(below)
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    From the observation deck it is possible to spot almost all of Astana’s statement buildings. The government complexes are a short walk away, further away towards the airport the sporting complexes stand out on the edge of the city – the football stadium with the roof that can be closed for the winter, the ice palace and the velodrome built in the shape of a bicycle helmet. Closer in to the centre of the city is the Triumph of Astana a modern (and vast) take on the Moscow Seven Sisters, Mega, the shopping centre shaped like a doughnut, the flying saucer that houses the circus, the sombrero that houses the palace of children and the building shaped like a pot within which there is a restaurant and music hall.

    The ‘flying saucer’ houses the Astana circus – a popular place for families to go and enjoy their weekends. More apartment buildings are seen behind.(below)
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    From the Baiterek it is also possible to see over to the other side of the river. In another large and very beautiful park is another Norman Foster creation, the Pyramid Palace of Peace and Reconciliation where Kazakhstan hosts a triennial meeting of the leaders of world religions down to the Kazakh Eli national monument and the Academy of Music that everyone calls ‘the Dog Bowl’ because it is, well, shaped exactly like a dog’s bowl.

    Norman Foster’s Pyramid of Peace and Reconciliation dominates the park across the river from the Ak Orda. The Pyramid houses an art gallery, library, café, museum, souvenir shop, conference centre and concert hall. (below)
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    This giant ‘dog bowl’ houses the National Music Academy.(below)
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    I love visiting the Baiterek because it allows me to enjoy the whole city. When my feet are firmly on the ground, however, I love nothing better than to walk along the river Ishim. In the summer wide boulevards are the favourite haunts of courting couples, fitness fanatics, skateboarding children, proud parents pushing prams and just about everyone in between. The river is calm and heavily managed, people fish or swim along the edges while pleasure boats take tours down the centre, there is even a rowing club.
    Article published with permission from the Author

    About the Author

    The Author is a global soul, a perpetual expat. She was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch/Irish Family. Since then she lived in Norway, Nigeria, Turkey and Venezuela. She went to school and university in the UK and then she decided to have an adventure and took her children and the dog(s) to live abroad, firstly in Kazakhstan and now Sarawak. This blog is about how we muddle through daily life as expats and how things have changed from the adventures of her childhood.
    http://ersatzexpat.blogspot.com/

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