On Friday, January 7, 2022, the State Department issued a Level 4 Do Not Travel Advisory for Kazakhstan due to COVID-19 and civil unrest. It also announced that the Department approved the voluntary departure of Consulate General Almaty non-emergency U.S. government employees and family members of all Consulate General Almaty U.S. government employees.
On Saturday, January 8, US Mission Kazakhstan issued a Security Alert for U.S. citizens in the country announcing the voluntary evacuation of non-emergency USG staff and family members at the Consulate General in Almaty. The Alert also advised U.S. citizens in country to shelter in place if a safe departure is not possible:
The U.S. government has authorized the voluntary departure of non-emergency personnel and family members at the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty.
U.S. citizens in Almaty are advised to shelter in place until safe departure is possible. Avoid standing next to balconies or windows and stay indoors unless absolutely necessary. Further, all U.S. citizens in Kazakhstan are advised to avoid crowds or demonstrations.
A nationwide state of emergency and curfew is in place between the hours of 11pm and 7am and will remain in effect until January 19. Expect security checkpoints controlling access to population centers, public transport disruptions, and limitations on movement throughout the country. Overland border crossing to neighboring countries may not be possible or safe at this time, and access to fuel may be limited.
Unrest in Almaty continues, and there were reports of gunfire overnight and ongoing direct conflict between armed groups and Kazakhstani government forces. Widespread flight and train disruptions continue, and there are cancellations on both domestic and international routes. Almaty airport and railway stations are currently closed. You are advised to check with your airline to confirm your flight and reminded to avoid travel during curfew hours.
Communications services countrywide have been limited and internet restrictions continue. However, the government of Kazakhstan reports that access to limited news outlets has been restored. Disruptions to internet access may continue to impact other services such as banking, credit card transactions, and COVID-19 testing. Coordinate with your medical provider to determine testing availability.