Other Useful Information
Almost all establishments only accept Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT). Banks are everywhere, so exchanging currencies should present any major difficulties. Exchange offices (some are open 24/7) are very widespread, which often have good rates and charge no commission.
Oanda provides online information about the latest exchange rates and features an online currency converter.
Credit cards are accepted in major supermarkets, restaurants and bars, but these are usually limited to Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Electrical sockets in Kazakhstan are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug, and the "Type E" and "Type F" Schuko. If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in your appliance. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to plug in no matter what, bring an adapter for all three types – Types C, E, and F.
- Adapter for "Type C" European CEE 7/16 Europlug
- Adapter for "Type E " European CEE 7/4
- Adapter for “Type F” European CEE 7/5 Schuko
In case of emergency, call:
- 101 for the Fire Services
- 102 for the Police
- 103 for an Ambulance
- 104 if you suspect a gas leak
- 112 for the rescue services in an emergency situation.
The time zone in Almaty is UTC +6 hours
The climate in Almaty is a humid, continental climate with very warm summers and cold winters. The northern part of the city is located directly in the transition zone of the mountain slopes to the plains, and therefore benefits from fresh, “mountain air”.
In June, temperatures are in the late twenties (degrees Celsius). Temperatures rarely exceed 34°C or drop below 21°C.