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Foreign Exchange Guide to Kazakhstan

Read this currency guide to Kazakhstan with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/KZT=370.85]

Country Code:
Domestic Currency:
Kazakhstani Tenge
Symbol - Code:
лв KZT
Telephone Prefix:

This is a foreign exchange guide to Kazakhstan, the Kazakhstani Tenge currency plus KZT transfers and travel tips.

In this Kazakhstan currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Kazakhstani Tenge info - general info about the Kazakhstani Tenge
  2. Kazakhstani Tenge in the markets - recent KZT moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Kazakhstan - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Kazakhstani Tenge cash online - travel money for Kazakhstan
  5. Sending money to Kazakhstan - save on Kazakhstani Tenge bank transfers to Kazakhstan
  6. 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 for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

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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    

  1. Compare KZT travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
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  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

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 :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Kazakhstani Tenge amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. 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!


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KZT/USD - Kazakhstani Tenge to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.0026661 Week
09 Nov 20180.0026791 Month
12 Jun 20180.0029906 Months
09 Dec 20170.0029941 Year
09 Dec 20160.0029892 Years
10 Dec 20130.0064785 Years
11 Dec 20080.00830910 Years

KZT/EUR - Kazakhstani Tenge to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.0023501 Week
09 Nov 20180.0023631 Month
12 Jun 20180.0025456 Months
09 Dec 20170.0025431 Year
09 Dec 20160.0028302 Years
10 Dec 20130.0047085 Years
11 Dec 20080.00625110 Years

KZT/GBP - Kazakhstani Tenge to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.0020901 Week
09 Nov 20180.0020661 Month
12 Jun 20180.0022356 Months
09 Dec 20170.0022361 Year
09 Dec 20160.0023772 Years
10 Dec 20130.0039395 Years
11 Dec 20080.00555910 Years

KZT/JPY - Kazakhstani Tenge to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.30331 Week
09 Nov 20180.30501 Month
12 Jun 20180.33026 Months
09 Dec 20170.33981 Year
09 Dec 20160.34382 Years
10 Dec 20130.66655 Years
11 Dec 20080.761410 Years

KZT/AUD - Kazakhstani Tenge to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.0036151 Week
09 Nov 20180.0037061 Month
12 Jun 20180.0039476 Months
09 Dec 20170.0039881 Year
09 Dec 20160.0040122 Years
10 Dec 20130.0070845 Years
11 Dec 20080.012410 Years

KZT/CAD - Kazakhstani Tenge to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.0035331 Week
09 Nov 20180.0035401 Month
12 Jun 20180.0038916 Months
09 Dec 20170.0038481 Year
09 Dec 20160.0039432 Years
10 Dec 20130.0068765 Years
11 Dec 20080.010210 Years

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