Kazakhstan (Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

South Africa and Kazakhstan established full diplomatic relations on 5 March 1992. The resident South African Embassy was first established in December 2003 in Almaty but in 2008, the Embassy relocated to Astana.  In December 2013, Kazakhstan opened a residential Embassy in Pretoria.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Kazakhstan.

H E Ms KST Matthews
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Kazakhstan Representation in South Africa

H E Mr T G Kaliyev
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

- For more information, please contact the Kazakh Embassy in Pretoria.

Health Requirements


For further information go to Travelers' Health.

Climate Info

The Climate in Kazakhstan is continental. In summer the temperatures average more than 30 °C and in winter average around −20 °C.

For up-to-date weather information click here

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Kazakhstani Tenge.

* For current exchange rates click here

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0892/0742 or send an e-mail to: vanderwaltr@dirco.gov.za

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Kazakhstan, please visit the web site of the South African Revenue Service.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


How does one reach Kazakhstan?

The flag carrier is Air Astana which flies, inter alia, to Almaty, Astana, Abu Dhabi, Moscow, Delhi, Beijing, Istanbul, Bangkok, Hannover, London, Amsterdam, Baku, Kuala Lumpur, Frankfurt, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hong Kong.

Etihad Airways also services Almaty and Astana from Abu Dhabi.   Other airlines include Lufthansa, British Airways and Aeroflot.

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