The political situation in Kazakhstan is deemed to be low. The country has elections once every five years and the current administration is considered to have secure control. Although there have been instances of protests these are generally considered to be few and far between. That being said when civil unrest does happen these can end in arrests and violence. Kazakhstan is considered to be a strong regional player and it unlikely that they would be subject to political instability caused by foreign nation-states.
Terrorism is generally low but it cannot be dismissed due to the geolocation of the country and possible outside terror groups from Syria and Iraq infiltrating the country and performing acts of terrorism against the government and the civilian population. In addition to this, there are reports of radicalized Kazakh locals with the help of foreign nationals who may be planning an attack.
Crime does happen in Kazakhstan and with the main threat such incident as petty crime, pickpocketing, and robbery. These incidents seem to happen in the more populated areas but can also happen anywhere in the country. It is important that you keep valuables out of sight. The most high-risk time of being victims of a criminal incidents are at night so it is important to not travel alone and avoid public transport where you can.
The infrastructure of the roads is generally considered to be poor, especially outside the capital and are subject to poor weather that increases the risk of an incident. Additionally, the driving standards are not considered to be of a high level which dramatically increases the risk of an incident. This is especially true due to poorly marked roads and signs and should there be incremental weather this heightens the risk of an accident. It is important that should have to travel that you have professional drivers who can ensure you arrive at your destination safely.
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ETS Risk Management provides secure transportation, armed security services, Executive Protection, and corporate risk management services in Kazakhstan, predominantly in Nur-Sultan and Almaty but also throughout the country. ETS provides executive protection and secure transport with the help of our in-country local teams to ensure you are safe for the duration of your trip.
The most utilized of ETS’s security services in Kazakhstan is that of a security driver and Executive Protection Officer meeting the executive/s at the airport and providing secure transportation for the duration of their stay. The vast majority of clients, especially in Nur-Sultan and Almaty have vehicles and drivers dedicated to them for their entire stay, ready to react at a moment’s notice.