• Officially: Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Capital: Nur-Sultan


  • Population: 18 million
    • Kazakhs making up nearly two thirds of the population,
    • Ethnic Russians just under a quarter
  • Major languages: Kazakh, Russian
  • Major religions: Islam, Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 77 years (women) (UN)
  • Currency: Tenge


  • Area: 2.7 million sq km (1 million sq miles)
    • A huge country the size of Western Europe
    • Varied landscape:
      • Mountainous, heavily populated regions in the east
      • Sparsely populated, energy-rich lowlands in the west
      • Industrialized north, with its Siberian climate and terrain
      • Arid, empty steppes of the centre
      • Fertile south
  • Kazakhstan does not share a border with Mongolia, although only 37 kilometres (23 mi) separates them


  • Camels may accompany overlanders in Kazakhstan
  • Former Soviet republic
  • Kazakhstan is oil-rich and has vast mineral resources
  • Hotels are often aimed at business people and therefore pricey


  • Canadians can enter Kazakhstan without a visa for up to 30 days.
    • For stays longer than 30 days, Canadians must obtain either a single- or multiple-entry visa.
      • Single-entry visas allow visitors to remain in Kazakhstan for up to 90 days,
      • Multiple-entry visas are valid for up to three years with a maximum stay of 30 days per entry.


  • Kazakhstan requires you to have insurance
    • Available at most borders.