On COVID-19 vaccination
On February 11, 2021, the Health and Safety Department held the 1st briefing session for the NU faculty and staff members on the COVID-19 vaccination arrangements. Upon the session some FAQ were clarified and the vaccination electronical sign-up link was made available. Now, the NU faculty and staff members can access the presentation and register for the vaccination online.
Work from home arrangements
NU continues to observe a work from home (WFH) regime. Deans and Directors will oversee this process to ensure that the number of people in our office, classroom, and laboratory buildings is limited to 30 percent at any time and that proper physical distancing (minimum 2 m) is observed at all times.
Anyone who plans to work in the buildings referenced above will need a negative RT-PCR test, current within the most recent 14 days, and to carry a printed copy of the results. Short visits of 30 minutes, for instance, to collect items from your desk, continue to be possible upon approval of Deans, Vice Presidents, and by informing our Security.
Office Occupancy / Attendance
Work from home whenever possible. Up to 10 % occupancy
Limited to 3 hours for authorized people, work in shifts, and avoid contacts whenever possible
Permitted work on Campus
Only maintenance and essential services and operations
COVID Testing and Screening (as per approved protocol)
Testing every 7 days, alternating Rapid Antigen Testing /PCR if needed to confirm, and PCR
Travel remains difficult with only a few regular flights and all subject to unexpected cancelation. Yet even there, the number of options is increasing with Air Astana and some other airlines, including Belavia, Fly Dubai, and Turkish Airlines resuming scheduled flights now to Amsterdam, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kyiv, Minsk, and Seoul.
The Department of International Cooperation (DIC) has updated information on flights on NU’s website:
If you are planning to travel, you should monitor information from governments, airlines and airports closely as the situation changes rapidly. For general information purposes, and to serve as an approximate (i.e. by no means exhaustive) reference, please follow the link.
In case of international travel, please make sure to check with the airlines and the country of destination onboarding and entry requirements, respectively.
For our international faculty and staff – please carry with you a hardcopy of:
- The Government documents that certify NU as an institution that may allow its international employees and families to enter and leave Kazakhstan during the COVID-19 pandemic – this is a reminder; DIC sent you all a pdf copy last year.
- NEW – a copy of a letter on NU letterhead certifying that you are employed by NU and are permitted to travel to Kazakhstan, including your family. This letter will be issued by NU’s Department for Human Capital Development (DHCD - aka still known as “HR Department”). Please make sure to request a copy if you haven’t been issued one.
Given the resurgence of COVID-19 in many countries, flights are again restricted. New restrictions may apply because of the emergence of the new COVID-19 variant appears to be much more contagious than the existing mainstream strain. Airlines insist on a negative PCR test prior to boarding a flight, and most countries including Kazakhstan has adopted similar requirements – in order to be allowed entry into Kazakhstan, currently, travelers must show a certificate of a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival in the country. Please note that countries specify different time limits for the PCR tests that may be modified from time to time depending on the seriousness of the pandemic. Refer to the DIC webpage above for further details.
For faculty, please refer to the recent email from the Department of International Cooperation regarding home leave travel from the change of duty station. Contact DIC with any questions.
Please do frequently check the following website: https://beta.egov.kz/memleket/entities/kkkbtu?lang=en
Also, the reliable data can be seen in the Johns Hopkins website:
Please don’t forget to let us know your travel itinerary at least one week prior to your return by emailing your HR manager of the unit and email@example.com.