Practical Information in Ust-Kamenogorsk

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Travel Tips for Ust-Kamenogorsk

This Ust-Kamenogorsk practical information guide will give you a few tips to help you plan your trip to this city in Kazakhstan. Originally named Ust-Kamenogorsk, in 1992 the name was changed to Oskemen.


If you are visiting this city, you will be pleased to know that Ust-Kamenogorsk is served by the Oskemen Airport. This airport is located around 11 km to the northwest of the city. The Oskemen Airport has only one runway and has a few airlines that operate flights to the city. Air Astana, Asia Wings, S7 Airlines and Irtysh Air are just few of the airlines that operate in and out of Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Entry Requirements

If you are from the United States, you do not require any letter of invitation to obtain a 45-day visa. Tourist, business and private visas are issued for citizens of around 45 countries including the United States, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, Israel, Singapore and other countries. The list can be found on the official Kazakhstan embassy website. You will also need to have a valid passport with at least one empty visa page. Your passport should also be valid for at least 6 months longer than the duration of your visa. If you require a visa, you will need to make an application and include one passport photo in your application form.


The “Tenge” is the currency used in Ust-Kamenogorsk. The Tenge is made up of 100 tiin or tiyin and was introduced in 1993. The Tenge replaced the Soviet Ruble that was in use prior to 1993. If you are traveling from Europe or from the US, you will need to change your money at the money changers at the airport as you enter Kazakhstan. You might also want to change all unused Tenge before leaving Ust-Kamenogorsk.


Ust-Kamenogorsk has both a bus and train service. If you want to get around the city, it would be best to head over to the bus station and check the various available bus services. The train station in Ust-Kamenogorsk is Zashchita and heads right into the north of Russia. However, it is better to travel by road. You can also make use of the taxis in Ust-Kamenogorsk. The taxis are probably the best means of getting around in Ust-Kamenogorsk.


There are several places where you can stay in Ust-Kamenogorsk. Hotels provide clean single, double, suites and semi-suites, all with modern amenities. You will also be able to change your money at the money changers at the hotel.

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