Kazakhstan - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to Kazakhstan

  • Countries with restrictions for long term stays (>90 days)
  • Countries with unclear laws/practices; more information needed

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No restrictions for short-term tourist stays. A negative HIV test result has to be provided when applying for a residence permit. Information is contradictory.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Kazakhstan

Editor’s note: Information on Kazakhstan’s mandatory HIV testing laws and practices around residency and issuance of work permits are not clear.

As reported by the German Embassy in Kazakhstan: “We lack precise information about HIV testing requirements. To our knowledge, a certificate is only needed for long-term stays. The authorities seem to insist that tests are performed in the country. Certificates from abroad are often not recognized.”

(Source: 1)

Some HIV-related entry restrictions exist for visitors to and foreign residents of Kazakhstan.

Visitors applying for a work or residency permit, which is required for US citizens who wish to spend more than six months in Kazakhstan, must submit negative HIV test results with their application to the Migration Police in the city where they intend to work or reside. The results must be less than three months old.

The city HIV clinic in the place of registration can conduct the test or may certify test results performed abroad.

If the original test results are in a language other than Russian or Kazakh, they must be accompanied by an official, notarized translation.

(Source: 2)

You must provide a medical certificate of a negative test for HIV, conducted no more than one month prior to registration, if you are planning to travel or reside in Kazakhstan for more than three months.

You must present the certificate (translated and certified by a local notary and the Center for the Prevention and Control of AIDS in Almaty) to the Migration Police within three days of arrival. You can get tested for HIV abroad or locally at the centre.

(Source: 3)

There is no requirement to submit an HIV test result in order to obtain a visa or work permit for Kazakhstan. There are no new visa rules and other legislation on migration and HIV/AIDS setting such requirements.

There is some confusion as many people avoid obtaining a work permit through a complicated procedure. They prefer to apply for a permanent residency permit, in which case a negative HIV test result is mandatory.

(Source: 4)


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  1. Embassy of Germany, Almaty, December 13, 2007
  2. U.S. Department Of State; Bureau of Consular Affairs; https://travel.state.gov / May 23, 2018; consulted July 9, 2018
  3. Government of Canada website, Travel and tourism information
    travel.gc.ca, consulted July 9, 2018
  4. Asian American Partnership Civic Foundation, Ms Aliya Tonkobayeva, by email, June 25, 2010


updated: 7/9/2018
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