Kazakhstan - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

Restriction categories relative to Kazakhstan

  • Countries with restrictions for long term stays (>90 days)
  • Countries with unclear laws/practices; more information needed
  • Countries deporting people with HIV

Entry regulations Residence regulations Additional information
No restrictions for short-term tourist stays. A negative test result has to be provided when applying for a residence permit. Information is contradictory.

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for Kazakhstan

Information on Kazakhstan’s mandatory HIV testing laws and practices around residency and issuance of work permits are unclear.
As reported by the German Embassy in Kazakstan: ”We lack precise information about HIV-testing requirements. To our knowledge, a certificate is only needed for long term stays. The authorities seem to insist that tests are performed in the country. Certificates from abroad are often not recognised.” 

(Source: 1)

Some HIV/AIDS restrictions exist for foreign residents of Kazakhstan. Visitors applying for a work or residency permit, required for U.S. citizens who wish to spend more than 6 months in Kazakhstan, must submit negative HIV test results with their application to the Migration Police in the city where they intend to work or reside. The results must be less than three months old. The city HIV clinic in the place of registration can conduct the test or may certify test results performed abroad. If the original test results are in a language other than Russian or Kazakh, they must be accompanied by an official translation. If a foreigner tests positive for HIV in Kazakhstan, he or she must depart the country. 

(Source: 2)

There is no requirement to submit an HIV test result in order to obtain a visa or work permit to/in Kazakhstan. There are no new visa rules and other legislation on migration and HIV/AIDS setting such requirements.

There is some confusion, as many people avoid obtaining a work permit through a complicated procedure. They prefer to apply for a permanent residency permit, in which case a negative HIV-test result is mandatory.

(Source: 3)


HIV treatment information for Kazakhstan

There are no adequate treatment facilities for people with HIV/AIDS. 

(Source: 1)


HIV information / HIV NGOs in Kazakhstan

no information available


Global Criminalisation of HIV Transmission Scan

The Global Criminalisation Scan is an initiative of GNP+. It aims to collect and keep up to date information on national and state level laws criminalising the transmission of or exposure to HIV. It also aims to provide an easily accessible ‘clearing-house’ of resources, research, and initiatives on the subject and to provide a platform for advocacy initiatives.

Find out more about the scan and the criminalisation of HIV transmission legislation at http://criminalisation.gnpplus.net/.



  1. Embassy of Germany, Almaty, December 13, 2007
  2. U.S. Department of State, http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1150.html, consulted April 7 2010
  3. Asian American Partnership Civic Foundation, Ms. Aliya Tonkobayeva, by e-mail, June 25, 2010


updated: 7/22/2010
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