Lonely Planet Writer

Tourists to Kazakhstan will need permits to visit popular areas

Kazakhstan has placed new regulations requiring foreign tourists to obtain permits for several tourist areas that fall within the country’s border zones.

Big Almaty Lake.
Big Almaty Lake. Image by Ken & Nyetta / CC BY 2.0

These include popular sites like Charyn Canyon, Shymbulak ski resort, Medeu ice rink, Big Almaty Lake and Lake Alakol. This comes just as the country extended its list of passport-holders eligible to visit visa-free. The country’s tourism department issued a statement saying that the restrictions would be removed within a month or two. Read more: en.tengrinews.kz