Health & Protection in Kazakhstan


Health in Kazakhstan - ExpatFinder Articles


Travelers to Kazakhstan, coming from countries infected with yellow fever, are required to present a valid yellow fever certificate. Foreigners who intend to stay in the country for more than six months are required to present a certificate of negative HIV result. The HIV test may be taken in any of the HIV clinics in the country or may be certified if taken abroad. The result must be presented to the Migration Police in the city where the foreigner intends to live or work. A positive HIV result will cause the foreigner to be asked to leave the country. 

Infectious diseases that are present in Kazakhstan are HIV/AIDS, typhoid fever, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, tuberculosis, rabies, brucellosis, leishmaniasis, and tick-borne encephalitis. Tick-borne encephalitis is transmitted through different species of ticks, and it is most common from April to June. Another insect-borne disease, leishmaniasis, is transmitted through bites of infected sandflies. Brucellosis, which is picked from infected meat, occasionally occur in the rural areas. Insect repellents must be used at all times, and one must be very careful in consuming food and water, making sure that water is boiled, and that food is properly cooked. Bottled mineral water is also available, and ice cubes must be avoided.

Medical facilities in Kazakhstan are below Western standards, and basic medications and equipment may be in short supply from time to time. It is best to bring one's medicines and other medical supplies, even disposable needles.


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