The political situation in Kazakhstan is stable. The country has elections once every five years, and the current administration has secure control of the country. Protests do occur on occasions, but these are few and far between. When civil unrest does happen, travel disruptions are possible.
Crime does happen in Kazakhstan, mainly in the form of petty crime, pickpocketing, and robbery. These incidents seem to occur in the more populated areas but can happen anywhere in the country. Traveling alone, especially during the evening hours, could potentially increase the risk of being targeted. Avoid walking alone or using unlicensed taxis; pre-arranging transport is always best practice when traveling in a foreign country.
The roads and infrastructure in Kazakhstan are mostly in poor condition, especially outside the capital. The local driving behavior is unpredictable, and traffic accidents are common. When traveling outside major cities, driving can be challenging due to unexpected hazards and poor visibility—choosing the right vehicle for your journey is so important.
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