From May 1, 2022, entry into the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic is allowed without a negative PCR test and vaccination certificate.
Kyrgyzstan is in the green zone in terms of the spread of Covid-19. No self-isolation is required upon arrival.
Nevertheless, there are many public and private clinics and medical centers accredited by WHO in Bishkek and other cities,
where you can take a PCR test and get a relevant certificate.
There is currently no curfew or travel ban across the country. Public and regional transport operates as usual in the republic.
The state of emergency was lifted by the Parliament. Most hotels, restaurants and shops are also open as usual.
The main airport of the Kyrgyz Republic is located 23 kilometers from Bishkek in the north of the country. Manas International Airport annually serves more than 3.5 million people from all over the world. Direct air transportation routes cover the countries of the CIS, Asia
and the Middle East.
Airports in the cities of Osh, Batken and Karakol, as well as in Tamchy village in Issyk-Kul region also have the status of international ones.
At least 16 airlines operate regular flights to the Kyrgyz Republic now: 3 Kyrgyz and 13 foreign from 26 cities around the world. Many charter flights are available in the summer season.
You can come to the capital of Kyrgyzstan by train from Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
The railroad to Kyrgyzstan from Russia and Uzbekistan runs through the steppes and cities of Kazakhstan.
Therefore, when traveling by train, a certificate with a negative test result for COVID-19 is required, which was taken within the last 72 hours. It is also necessary to use mobile application “Travel without COVID-19”.
There are no Covid-19 restrictions for entry into Kyrgyzstan.
Schedule of trains arriving and departing from Bishkek is available at the link
The cities of Kyrgyzstan, both in the north and in the south, have a constant highroad service with the neighboring countries. In addition, regular buses and taxis run to border settlements and major cities of the country from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia.
The state border of Kyrgyzstan will have to be crossed on foot at the checkpoints.
The unified time throughout the Kyrgyz Republic corresponds to UTC+6. The country does not change its clocks for daylight saving time. Therefore, pay attention to time difference in winter and summer.
Public holidays in the Kyrgyz Republic are the New Year (January 1), Christmas (January 7), International Women's Day (March 8), Nooruz (March 21), Labor Day (May 1), Constitution Day (May 5), Day of Victory in the Great Patriotic War (May 9), Independence Day (August 31), Days of History and Memory of Ancestors (November 7-8). Orozo-Ait and Kurman-Ait are celebrated according to the lunar calendar, their date changes every year.
In large cities, many people, especially young, understand English. Tourists from the CIS will not have a language barrier - people speak and understand the Russian language, it has the status of an official one in the Kyrgyz Republic.
It is allowed to bring the amount equivalent to 10,000 US dollars into the country without paying customs and excise duties.
The national currency of the Kyrgyz Republic is the Kyrgyz som. Currency can be exchanged at banks and exchange offices, which are available in all cities, as well as at airports and railway stations.Visa, MasterCard, Mir credit cards are accepted. They can be used both to pay for goods and services, and to withdraw cash through ATMs.
Tap water in the Kyrgyz Republic is safe to drink. However, we recommend the people, who are used to bottled water, choose it for drinking. It is sold in stores without restriction. Most of the running water in the mountains and lakes of the Kyrgyz Republic is clean enough to drink. Please note that water in Issyk-Kul and Tuz-Kol lakes is salty. Avoid drinking water flowing through pastures or runoff from glaciers, as it may contain harmful micro-organisms.
Dial "00" followed by the two or three-digit country code, area code, and phone number. On mobile phones, "+" is used instead of "00". You can buy a local SIM card in the Kyrgyz Republic, but the cheapest option would be a call via a messenger - WhatsApp, Telegram or Skype.
Internet access is good in most cities; you can get it either through mobile data or public Wi-Fi at cafes and other public places. Mobile data transmission will be not stable in sparsely populated areas. It can be completely absent in hard-to-reach areas.
Only those who are 18 years old and above can buy a wine or beer in the Kyrgyz Republic. Alcohol can be found in most shops. There are no restrictions on the time of sale.
You can take handicraft items as a souvenir of the nomads and the Kyrgyz Republic. It can be scarves made of silk and felt, handbags and hairpins for women, ak-kalpak (national men's headdress), purses for men. Leather paintings, household items and attributes of nomads are in demand. And, of course, be sure to try and treat your friends and acquaintances with organic products that the Kyrgyz Republic is famous for. This is honey, and fragrant alpine tea, nuts and dried fruits, aromatic spices. Kurut, herbal liqueurs and apple chips are traditionally loved by all tourists.
Buses, trolleybuses and minibuses run along the streets of Bishkek and its suburbs. If wished, you can take a taxi from your home. In other cities, public transport system is poorly developed, its function is performed by minibuses and private taxis. Several trolleybuses run along the central street in Naryn city.
The country's railway network consists of isolated dead-end lines. Separate lines link the north of Kyrgyzstan with the railways of Kazakhstan. Other railway lines connect the southern regions of the republic with the railway network of Uzbekistan. They run through the southwestern districts of the Kyrgyz Republic, connecting its settlements with Fergana region.
You can also travel from Bishkek to Rybachye station in the city of Balykchy, Issyk-Kul region by train.
If you know where to go, know the road or are good in reading the maps and don't want to share space with a stranger, you can always rent a car. A car can be rented quite quickly in Kyrgyzstan, moreover, it can be done online and you will be driving in an hour
Those who like to go out of town to nature can always rent an SUV and go to the mountains. The road from Bishkek to the nearest mountains will take not more than half an hour.
Those who do not like spending hours in traffic jams can rent a bicycle or an electric scooter in Bishkek and Osh cities for quite reasonable money.