Kazakhstan

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

The currency is the Tengué or KZT.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Kazakhstan , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Public bodies and most companies open from 9 AM or 10 AM to 5 PM or 6 PM with a one-hour lunch break. Grocery stores and bakeries open every day (including on Sunday) from 8 AM to 8 PM with a break at noon.



Transportation

Road
Roads are moderately well-maintained, the authorized speed limit is usually 120 km/h on freeways, 70 km/h on country roads. Respect speed limits, because there are real hazards (dangerous uneven road surface). Travel in convoy is possible (at least 2 vehicles in good condition) with enough gas, oil, water, etc. Insure the vehicle with a local insurer. Dangerous roads with "hooligans" (local name) between Aktioubinsk and Moscow (avoid driving at night and stopping on the way). Outside or even inside cities, it can happen that unscrupulous policemen fine drivers excessively, it is advised (in theory) not to pay.



Rail
Good general condition, but not 100% safe; choose compartment you can lock.

Air
Two airlines serve the domestic lines: Transaero (Russian company) with new planes. Kazakhstan Airlines: planes used on domestic lines are not new but their engines are well-maintained and the pilots are skilled. In wintertime, delays are frequent.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .kz



Languages spoken

The official language of Kazakhstan is Kazakh.


Last modified in January 2006
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