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Local Time, Business Hours & Holidays

Eastern Kazakhstan (which includes Almaty and Astana) is 10 or 11 hours ahead of EST, depending on the time of year (Kazakhstan does not practice day light savings).  Business hours are normally 9-6.

Observance days may vary, so travelers are advised to confirm dates with contacts in Kazakhstan, or check the Embassy’s website.  If a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, the GOK may elect to make the preceding Monday or following Friday a holiday as well, thereby linking the holiday to the weekend.