Domestic Tourism Grows Since Start of Pandemic in Kazakhstan, Foreign Visitors Begin Returning

NUR-SULTAN  – The number of domestic tourists in Kazakhstan increased by 35 percent to reach a record 6.9 million people choosing to vacation in their own country over the past year compared to 2020’s rate, the Kazakh Tourism national company’s press service reported. 

Tourists walking along Charyn Canyon located in Almaty Region. Photo credit:

According to the company, 5.14 million people stayed in hotels and 320,000 people stayed in health resorts. A total of 1.44 million tourists visited specially protected natural areas. 

Following the growth of the domestic tourism rate, some 172 new accommodation places were built in 2021 in addition to the previously existing 3,514 places.

It was also reported that the services provided by domestic tourist accommodations almost recovered by 90 percent in comparison with the pre-pandemic level and rose by 109 billion tenge (US$244 million) due to the significant growth of the internal tourist flow.

As for foreign tourists, the number reached 330,00 people – an increase of 31 percent compared to 2020, but this indicator is still 33.7 percent less than in 2019.

Recently, Kazakhstan has resumed a visa-free regime for foreign nationals of 74 countries and lifted restrictions for Kazakh citizens, stateless persons and foreigners on crossing the state border at land checkpoints with Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

The full recovery of inbound tourism is expected only by 2024.

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