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Travel advise: payments in Kazakhstan
Jet off well-informed to Kazakhstan. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Kazakhstan.
Credit and debit card payments are accepted in most larger shops, supermarkets, international hotels and chain restaurants in Kazakhstan's main urban centres, Almaty, Shymkent, Karagandy, Taraz and Nur-Sultan. Most card terminals in Kazakhstan use chip and pin.
Smaller retailers, local restaurants, bars and shops outside the main urban centres in Kazakhstan won't be able to accept card payments. This also applies to public transport, taxi drivers and local street markets in Kazakhstan.
Be aware of currency conversion fees: British banks may charge heavily for international card payments made in Kazakhstan. In addition, your bank's KZT to GBP exchange rate may be very poor. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Kazakhstan or anwyere in Central Asia, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
It's certainly a good idea to take local cash with you on your trip to Kazakhstan. Cash remains a popular and convenient payment method in Kazakhstan, and it's a great fallback option when card payments aren't available.
Cash is a must-have payment method in Kazakhstan if you plan to visit local markets such as Zeleny Bazar in Almaty, or if you plan to travel to more rural/remote areas of Kazakhstan, for example Altyn-Emel National Park.
If you're looking for a place with cheap prices: Kazakhstan is your destination! The cost of living in Kazakhstan is 55% lower than the cost of living in the UK. In other words, prices in Kazakhstan are less than half of prices in the UK.
For a coffee in a cafe in the Kazakh capital of Almaty you can expect to pay around 700 tenge. A three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant will cost around 6,000 tenge per person.
Tipping is generally not done in Kazakhstan. However more tourists are arriving in Kazakhstan and many take with them the Western tipping culture. It's fine to just pay the bill.
If a service charge was added to the bill then this will cover the service and you don't need to add an extra tip.
Banknotes in Kazakhstan
The National Bank of Kazakhstan has introduced a new series of tenge banknotes, introduced from 2011, called the 'Samruk' series. These new tenge banknotes replaced the older tenge notes dated 2006 (featuring a hand). The only banknotes still legal tender from the 2006 series are the 200 tenge and 500 tenge banknotes.
Valid banknotes in Kazakhstan are the 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000 and 500 tenge banknotes from the 2011-2017 series, in addition to the 500 and 200 tenge banknotes from the 2006 series. All other banknotes from Kazakhstan are not valid and you should not accept them.
Coins in Kazakhstan
Kazakh coins range from 1 tenge to 100 tenges. All Kazakh coins feature the national emblem of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan's currency import and export regulations
There are no currency restrictions in Kazakhstan. Travelers can take as much Kazakh tenge in and out the country as they like. The same applies to foreign currencies. A declaration must be filled in for amounts exceeding a value of $10,000 USD.
Ordering Kazakh Tenge online
Order Kazakh Tenge online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Kazakh Tenge online.
Selling back Kazakh Tenge
If you have Kazakh Tenge to sell, follow this link to exchange Kazakh Tenge to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'KZT Kazakh Tenge'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Kazakh Tenge.