1. Visa to Kyrgyzstan
Visa is one of the important questions that all travelers should pay attention during the planning of a trip.
Kyrgyzstan is trying to create the most favorable conditions for the visitors by simplifying the visa procedures. Therefore, a visa-free regime was established with more than 50 countries.
Who needs a visa to Kyrgyzstan and other useful information, you can find on the web site of the E-visa applying, following the link http://www.evisa.e-gov.kg.
2. How to get to Kyrgyzstan?
The easiest way to get to Kyrgyzstan is by plane.
There are daily flights from Europe via Moscow and Istanbul to Bishkek with airlines like Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus. There are also flights from Bishkek to Delhi, Dubai, Novosibirsk, Tashkent, Astana, Almaty, Urumqi and other destinations operated by airlines such as Air Astana, Fly Dubai, S7, Air Manas, Air Kyrgyzstan.
Following the following link, you will find the information about the timetable for international flights:
Travelers can also enter the territory of Kyrgyzstan through land borders from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and China. Some checkpoints can be closed on weekends and public holidays. Therefore, we advise you to inquire about the work of border points while panning the trip.
3. Packing tips for a trip to Kyrgyzstan
When choosing clothes, it is worth paying attention to the climate in Kyrgyzstan.
In cities on the low altitudes, it is hot enough in the summer, so it is important to have the clothes in your suitcase as shorts, t-shirts, caps, etc.
However, in the mountainous terrain the weather is very unsteady and cool enough. Therefore, it is obligatory to take the jacket, cap, good mountain boots, thermal underwear and sleeping bags.
Temperature in summer (average):
On the plains: daytime +30 + 34 C °, at night +25 +28 C °.
In mountainous terrain: daytime +16 + 20 C °, at night +5 +12 C °.
Temperature in winter (average):
On the plains: daytime +2 + 5 C °, at night -4 -7 C °.
In the highlands: daytime -5 -10 C °, at night -15 -20 C °.
4. Money tips
The official currency in Kyrgyzstan is the som.
You can exchange money for soms in banks and exchange offices in big cities such as Bishkek, Karakol, Cholpon Ata, Kant, Kara Balta, Toktogul, Osh, Kochkor, Naryn, Jalal Abad. The US dollar and the euro are the most common currencies for exchange. The banknotes of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 dollars / euro are more difficult to exchange or they often have a low exchange rate, the banknotes from 50 dollars / euro and higher have the usual rate.
It is also possible to withdraw cash from VISA and MASTERCARD credit cards at the ATMs in Bishkek, Osh, Cholpon Ata, Karakol, Naryn and Jalal Abad.
5. Transport tips
To travel around Bishkek, you can use public transport as a marshrutka, bus, trolley or taxi services. Marshrutka is a minibus used for transportation around the capital and for intercity connection. This is one of the most accessible and fastest transport. In Bishkek, the transfer by marshrutka costs 10-12 som.
Regarding taxis in Bishkek, we advise you to call the taxi, as it is cheaper than taxis stopped on the street.
Intercity public transport departs from the bus stations, where you will find the necessary minibus or taxi.
In remote regions of Kyrgyzstan, unfortunately, there is no public transport, so it will be easier for you to rent a car. You can do it by following the link https://carrent.trvlland.com and choose the best SUV cars for your trip in Kyrgyzstan.