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Arrival in Kazakhstan

Registration
Upon arrival in Kazakhstan, citizens of foreign countries are required to obtain an immigration card. There hotels, where a tourist stays, will add a registration note. Each foreigner arriving in Kazakhstan should register within five days (Saturday and Sunday are counted). However, citizens of more than 60 countries are free of registration within the first 5 days; they receive immigration card with (!) double stamps upon arrival. Also, citizens of Russia and Belarus can stay up to 30 days in Kazakhstan without a registration. All other nationalities can complete the registration within 5 days in the migration police office themselves or hand it to a travel agency. Here you will find more details of registration of stay in Kazakhstan.
Accommodation
Diversity of hotels in Kazakhstan will satisfy any requirements, and it will not be hard to find a proper accommodation. Almaty and Astana offer a list of the most luxurious hotels which correspond the international hotel standards. Even in small cities, it is possible to find decent hotels from 2 to 4 stars. You can also stay in private apartments.
Cash and plastic cards
Currency exchange in Kazakhstan is very well developed; it is easy to exchange US Dollars, Euro and Russian rubles in any bank departments, currency exchange offices and airports. Mostly, banks in Kazakhstan work from 09.00 to 18.00 on Mon-Fri, Saturday and Sundays are days off. Besides, VISA and MasterCard bank cards are in use in Kazakhstan. There are ATMs in cities and at the airports to withdraw cash, some of which are available 24/7. Please note, that commission of local bank where the ATM belongs, charges 3-4% in average.