From June 8th, proof of vaccination and Covid-19 PCR tests are no longer required for Kazakh and foreign citizens upon arrival in Kazakhstan, as reported by the Prime Minister’s Office. The Interdepartmental Commission took the decision given the stable epidemiological situation in the country and worldwide.
This follows the decision on June 19th which had lifted all Covid-19 restrictions within the country. More than 98% of the people who contracted Covid-19 have recovered, announced Kazakh Healthcare Minister Azhar Giniyat during a briefing at the Central Communications Service on May 18th.
Overall, 1,305,667 coronavirus cases were confirmed in the country since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020, according to the Interdepartmental Commission on the prevention and spread of coronavirus.
The minister noted that since the pandemic began the government spent to fight against Covid-19 over 890 billion tenge (US$2 billion). This year, 86 billion tenge (US$199 million) has been allocated, including nine billion tenge (US$21 million) for the purchase of VeroCell and QazVaq vaccines and 20 billion tenge (US$46 million) for the purchase of Pfizer.
In early March of this year, the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports announced plans to develop budget programs to fund infrastructure projects in tourist areas. The plans were announced by Chairman of the Kazakh Tourism National Company Talgat Amanbayev during the ministry’s meeting of February 22nd.
On April 30th of 2021, the government adopted a law on tourism, which consolidates the activities of the Kazakh Tourism company and provides new incentive measures of government support for tourism. Last year, the Ministry of Culture and Sport introduced the Kids Go Free program that provides free tickets for children aged 2 to 17 as part of a domestic tour package.
Kazakh Tourism has been developing the Grand Tour of Kazakhstan and has already planned its routes. According to Amanbayev, the planning of the tour will consist of three stages: the identification of attractive routes, landscaping, and the development of the content of the routes.
Earlier this month, the Air Safety Committee of the European Commissions published its official verdict concerning aviation authorities and airline companies in Kazakhstan, according to Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development.
Kairbek Uskenbayev, head of the ministry, said that aviation authorities of all 27 EU member states have decided not to put any restrictions on Kazakhstan’s airlines that fly to Europe and not to put Kazakhstan on the EU Air Safety List. Uskenbayev said the results were a great achievement for the Central Asian country.
According to Giniyat, approximately 11,000 people vaccinate every day. As of May 19th, 1.1 million people have received one dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and 996,207 have been fully immunized. Four million people have received a booster shot.