Dangers & Annoyances

Kazakhstan is a safe country to travel in, provided you follow normal safety precautions. Since 2011 there have been a few scattered violent attacks, blamed by the government on Islamist terrorism, and that year security forces shot dead at least 14 demonstrators in the western town of Zhanaozen – but you would have to be very unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • If hiking in the wild, be mindful of venomous snakes and large fauna such as wolves and bears.