The political situation in Kazakhstan is deemed to be low. The country has elections once every five years and the current administration is considered to have secure control. Although there have been instances of protests these are generally considered to be infrequent. When civil unrest does happen they usually end in arrests and violence. Kazakhstan is considered to be a strong regional player and it unlikely that they would be subject to political instability caused by foreign nation-states.
Terrorist attacks in Kazakhstan can’t be ruled out. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. Be alert to any security-related announcements by the Kazakh authorities. If in any doubt, keep in touch with your local Embassy in Nur Sultan.
Most visits to Almaty are trouble-free. However, mugging and theft occur in cities and rural areas. There have been a number of violent attacks and muggings on the expatriate community in Atyrau and Aktau in western Kazakhstan, and in Nur-Sultan and Almaty. Attacks have largely taken place at night, in and around local nightclubs and bars or when arriving at home late at night, as the majority of apartment buildings have dark stairwells and no lifts. Avoid walking alone and where possible pre-arrange transport. Keep valuables in a safe place and out of public view. Avoid travelling in unofficial taxis, particularly at night and alone, or if there is another passenger already in the car. Robberies have occurred on trains, so always lock railway compartments on overnight trains. Passenger lists on aircraft are not always kept confidential. There have been instances of people being met from an aircraft by someone using their name and then being robbed.
Roads conditions are generally considered to be poor, especially outside the capital and are subject to poor weather which increases the risk of an incident. Additionally driving standards are not considered to be of a high level which dramatically increases the risk of an incident. It is important that should have to travel that you have professional drivers who can ensure you arrive at your destination safely.
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ETS Risk Management provides secure transportation, armed security services, Executive Protection, and corporate risk management services in Kazakhstan, predominantly in Nur-Sultan and Almaty but also throughout the country. ETS provides Executive Protection and secure transport with the help of our in-country teams to ensure you are safe for the duration of your trip.
The most utilized of ETS’s security services in Kazakhstan is that of a security driver and Executive Protection Officer meeting the executive/s at the airport and providing secure transportation for the duration of their stay. The vast majority of clients, especially in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have vehicles and drivers dedicated to them for their entire stay, ready to react at a moment’s notice.