FAQ

FAQ – Kyrgyzstan

From May 1, 2022, the government of Kyrgyzstan has officially lifted all restrictions for foreign tourists. According to this order, Kyrgyz citizens and foreigners can cross the state border with Kyrgyzstan without the mandatory presentation of a negative PCR test and a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19.
There are no mandatory vaccinations in Kyrgyzstan, but since this is a mountainous country, there are many high-mountainous areas, before visiting which you should consult a doctor about the consequences of being at altitude.
Kyrgyzstan is a visa-free entry country for citizens of many countries. Below you will find a list of visa-free citizens and those who need to use an electronic visa or get it at the embassy.

The visa-free regime is valid for citizens of the following countries:
  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Moldova Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Ukraine
List of countries whose citizens can stay in Kyrgyzstan without a visa for up to 90 days:
  • Mongolia
  • Turkey
List of countries whose citizens can stay in Kyrgyzstan without a visa for up to 60 days:
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Oman
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican
List of countries whose citizens can stay in Kyrgyzstan without a visa for up to 30 days:
  • Malaysia
Electronic visa for visiting the Kyrgyz Republic

The list of countries whose citizens are allowed to stay on an electronic visa, as well as the procedure for obtaining it, can be viewed by clicking on the link: the www.evisa.e-gov.kg  

List of countries whose citizens have a simplified procedure for obtaining a visa for up to one month
(without an invitation and visa support). To obtain a visa for citizens of the following countries, must contact the Consulate of Kyrgyzstan abroad.
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Cyprus
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Macedonia
  • Montenegro
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Romania San Marino
  • Serbia
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
For citizens of other countries, visa support is required.
After Kyrgyzstan gained independence in 1991, diplomatic relations were established with the United States, Great Britain and the European Union, during which time many projects were implemented, including in the field of security, culture and tourism.

As for the citizens, in Kyrgyzstan they are very friendly towards tourists, and since many of them speak English at some level, the locals glad to help if necessary and there are usually no difficulties in communication.
Despite the fact that travel insurance is a voluntary type of insurance, it is a very important and necessary part of every trip.

By taking out insurance, you protect yourself from many unforeseen circumstances that may arise in a foreign country. This should also include medical assistance in emergencies (including covid - 19), luggage insurance during transportation, and if you plan to engage in extreme sports during your trip, be sure to include insurance for outdoor activities in your insurance policy. Having insurance will help you feel confident on the trip.
Typically, public establishments such as restaurants, cafes include a tip in the bill, this is a certain percentage of the total order (usually up to 15%). If desired, satisfied guests can leave an additional tip.
You can buy a SIM card at sales and service offices of mobile operators. There are following operators: Mobile operator O! Megacom and Beeline. But they are also issued at the airport for free, so you can get a SIM card immediately after arrival, while you are waiting for your luggage. Optionally, you can connect the necessary Internet package by selecting the desired traffic and Internet volume.
Internet in Kyrgyzstan is relatively cheap. Usually Wi-Fi works in all public places, such as restaurants and cafes. For the convenience of tourists, many hotels and guest houses also install Wi-Fi. In remote areas, villages or high in the mountains in such as Son Kul, Tash Rabat etc. there is no Internet coverage and, accordingly, Wi-Fi too.
In Kyrgyzstan, cellular communication coverage reaches more than 90%, so you can connect global roaming and use your phone on the territory of Kyrgyzstan, but it is important to consider that there is no network coverage in the highlands, pastures and some remote regions, so it is impossible to make calls and use the Internet there.
Toilets can be different, depending on which hotel you are staying at. In yurt camps, the toilets are usually outside. As for public toilets, they are generally in poor condition, so it is recommended to bring toilet paper and other hygiene products that you may need.
  • Bottle of soft drink = 35 KGS
  • Beer in a bar or restaurant = 100 KGS
  • Cup of coffee = 150 KGS
  • Three-course meal = 1000 KGS
  • Short taxi ride =150 KGS
In Kyrgyzstan, you can drink tap water, but before drinking, it should be filtered or boiled. The water in high-altitude lakes, rivers and springs is clean, but in order to avoid undesirable reactions of the body, it is recommended to boil it first.
Cashless payments are possible in large stores, supermarkets and many other places in the city, there are also a large number of ATMs in the city where you can withdraw money. ATMs and money changers are less common outside the cities, but they can still be found. If you are planning to travel to regions or outlying areas, you should bring enough local money with you.
There are ATMs in Bishkek and Osh, in the resort area of Issyk-Kul, in all big cities and sometimes in villages.
There are currently 12 official holidays in Kyrgyzstan:
  • 1 January - New Year
  • 7 January - Christmas Day
  • 23 February - Defender of the Fatherland Day
  • 8 March - International Women's Day
  • 21 March - Nooruz holiday
  • 1 May - Labour Day
  • 5 May - Constitution Day
  • 9 May - Victory Day
  • 31 August - Independence Day of Kyrgyz Republic
  • 7 November - Great October Socialist Revolution Day
  • Two Muslim holidays, Orozo Ait and Kurman Ait, are determined annually by the lunar calendar and are set annually by separate decrees of the Kyrgyz Government.
Find out more by clicking on the link: https://trvlland.com/kyrgyzstan/holidays
Kyrgyzstan is beautiful at any time of the year, but the largest number of tourists come to Kyrgyzstan during the warm season from May to September. This time of year the weather is at its best, with clear skies and little risk of rain. Outside of this period, the weather can be very cold, and snow often falls in the higher elevations. During the winter months, many mountain passes become impassable.

Find out more by clicking on the link: https://trvlland.com/blog/best-time-to-visit-kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is located in Central Asia and is landlocked, but has several land borders with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China.

Find out more by clicking on the link: https://trvlland.com/kyrgyzstan/border-crossing
The national currency of Kyrgyzstan is the som(KGS). There are a large number of banks and exchange currencies where you can exchange money upon arrival in Kyrgyzstan.

Find out more by clicking on the link: https://trvlland.com/kyrgyzstan/currency
Kyrgyz residents speak Kyrgyz and Russian. Kyrgyz is considered the state language, and Russian is official. In the capital Bishkek, both languages are used interchangeably, but in some villages Kyrgyz language is the most common. English is the main foreign language and is mainly spoken by the younger generation.
There is no need to worry about security in Kyrgyzstan, as Kyrgyzstan is on the list of the safest countries to visit, and tourists are treated friendly here.

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In 2020, Kyrgyzstan entered the list of the safest countries in the world for traveling. But, as in any other countries, it is worth following the usual precautions, try to stay away from noisy companies and do not walk at night in poorly lit, deserted places.
It is quite safe in Kyrgyzstan, but in order to avoid unpleasant situations in crowded places, street markets, you should be vigilant with your personal belongings and try to keep your bag in front of you.
During your stay in Kyrgyzstan, there is no need to keep your passport with you. If necessary, you can take a copy of the document with you and leave the originals at the hotel.
The overwhelming number of believers (82.7%) in the Kyrgyz Republic are Muslims. Sixteen per cent of believers consider themselves Christians: Russians are traditionally Orthodox, Germans are divided into Catholics and Lutherans. Protestant movements (Baptists, Pentecostals, Adventists) include both the Russian-speaking population and the Kyrgyz. There are also small groups of Bahai, Jews and Buddhists in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Find out more by clicking on the link: https://trvlland.com/kyrgyzstan/religion
For 2022, the subsistence minimum for one day in Kyrgyzstan is about 30 US dollars per person. For this amount, you can find an inexpensive hostel, use public transport and also eat in the local canteen. If the tourist wants to spend the night in a more comfortable room, travel by taxi, and visit local restaurants, then the price for one day will be about 50 USD per person. Kyrgyzstan is considered one of the most budgetary countries. Here you can not only visit the best places for a small amount, but also taste unforgettable national dishes of huge portions with exquisite meat.

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There are no specific bans on the import and use of drones on the territory of Kyrgyzstan, but when using it, it is important to follow safety rules, be extremely careful, and also not film objects of national importance, such as an airport, parliament building, etc. It is important to take into account that the maximum weight of the drone should not exceed 10 kg, and the maximum height of its flight should not exceed 100 meters.