This is a foreign exchange guide to Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstani Tenge currency plus sending KZT transfers and travel tips.
In this Kazakhstan currency guide we take a look at :
- Kazakhstani Tenge info - general info about the Kazakhstani Tenge
- Kazakhstani Tenge in the markets - recent KZT moves and predictions from the FX markets
- Travelling in Kazakhstan - currency & money saving tips
- Buying Kazakhstani Tenge cash online - travel money for Kazakhstan
- Sending money to Kazakhstan - save on Kazakhstani Tenge bank transfers to Kazakhstan
- Kazakhstani Tenge exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT) general currency information
What is the Kazakhstani Tenge currency code and symbol?
The three letter currency code for the Kazakhstani Tenge is KZT and the symbol is лв.
Which countries use the Kazakhstani Tenge?
It is the domestic currency in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT) in the markets
The interactive chart below shows the USD to KZT exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:
Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan is one of the few countries in the world that can still be considered as an off-the-beaten-path destination. It’s the 9th largest country in the world so there’s a lot for you to explore. From arid plains, endless steppes and tiny dusty villages in the desert to lush valleys, glacial lakes, snowcapped mountains and modern cities.
The biggest city, Almaty, is almost reminiscent of Europe with its leafy avenues, chic ALZhiR Museum-Memorial Complex, glossy shopping centres and hedonistic nightlife. The capital Astana, on the windswept northern steppe, has been transformed into a 21st-century showpiece with a profusion of bold futuristic architecture. But it's beyond the cities that you'll find the greatest travel adventures, whether hiking in the high mountains and green valleys of the Tian Shan, searching for wildlife on the lake-dotted steppe, enjoying homespun hospitality in village guesthouses, or jolting across the western deserts to remote underground mosques.
What currency should I use in Kazakhstan?
The official currency of Kazakhstan is the Kazakhstani Tenge (KZT). 1USD is about 340 tenge. ATM’s are very easy to find in the cities but make sure to bring cash money when you visit remote villages and regions. There are also plenty of exchange offices, especially in the big cities, in case you want to exchange some dollars or euros.
Getting around in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan is a big country so the easiest and most comfortable way of getting around in the country is by taking a train. It’s a cheap way to travel long-distances through this vast country, there are regular connections between all the main cities and towns and you’ll also meet many locals along the way. Kazakhstan has excellent international air connections through numerous carriers including the good national airline, Air Astana. Between them, Astana Airport and Almaty Airport have numerous direct connections to Europe, Asia and Central Asia, as well as the Gulf States.
Traffic police and poor roads (in that order) are the main hazards of driving in Kazakhstan. Main intercity roads may have bad, potholed stretches but are mostly in decent condition. Huge infrastructure projects are massively improving some major trunk routes. Traffic police may stop motorists just to check their papers, and have a reputation for finding irregularities that they may then overlook if bribed
Travel tips for Kazakhstan.
When entering the country – whether it’s in the airport or at a land border – you have to fill in a migration card. This card will be stamped twice at the passport control upon arrival, which indicates that you’re registered. This is the registration card that you have to keep with you throughout your stay in Kazakhstan.
One of Kazakhstan’s most curious sights is the Buddhist rock carvings and paintings of bodhisattvas at Tamgaly Tas, (literally, ‘stones with signs’) found on the banks of the Ili River, 100 miles north of Almaty.
There are no required vaccinations for entering Kazakhstan, but Hepatitis A and Tetanus are advisable and Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tick-Borne Encephalitis and Typhoid are worth considering. If coming from a country at risk from yellow fever, you must bring a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
In general, tap water is not safe to drink in Kazakhstan. Some locals do, or have filters attached to their taps, but it's best to err on the side of caution and either boil the water or buy bottled water.
In Kazakhstan there are areas of high altitude (over 2400m) and very high altitude (over 3600m). If hiking or skiing in the mountains, there is a small risk of developing Acute Mountain Sickness, so if you feel unwell, descend immediately.
Travel money for Kazakhstan
Save money and time by Ordering your Kazakhstani Tenge online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the KZT cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.
Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.
For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Kazakhstani Tenge otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.
Kazakhstan Trip Checklist
Sending money to Kazakhstan
When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Kazakhstan you need to start with finding out the latest Kazakhstani Tenge foreign-transfer exchange rate.
Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).
Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Kazakhstan
When sending money to Kazakhstan it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :
- Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
- You specify the local or Kazakhstani Tenge amount you want to transfer
- Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
- Once your funds are received by the provider the converted KZT amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Kazakhstan.
Use our Send to KZT calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Kazakhstani Tenge deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!