KYRGYZSTAN TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

What would become modern Kyrgyzstan was annexed by Russia in 1876 and became an independent country with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It has the most liberal tourist visa policy in Central Asia and one of the more progressive post-Soviet governments in the region.

 

Kyrgyzstan is one of the friendliest, warmest and most hospitable countries in Central Asia. The Kyrgyz welcome you into their country and homes with true nomadic spirit: for the nomads living in the mountains, life has not really changed since the days of caravans trailing along the Silk Route.

 

Kyrgyzstan has been called The Land of the Tian Shan – Oasis on the Great Silk Route because of its importance as a trading post between Europe and Asia. Though the country is still struggling to find its feet after the break up of the Soviet Union, modern Kyrgyzstan has done much to promote tourism.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Kyrgyzstan has restricted most travelers to enter the country with the exception of nationals, immediate family members of nationals of Kyrgyzstan, travelers with a permanent residence permit issued by Kyrgyzstan, passengers with a diplomatic passport, students with a certificate from a higher education institution in Kyrgyzstan that have a prior approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kyrgyzstan and nationals of certain countries;Nationals of Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, China , Georgia, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Pakistan, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the UAE and the UK;Foreign citizens who are specialist workers on W1 and W2 visas are also now able to enter Kyrgyzstan, though their family members may not be eligible. For any questions on entry or exit requirements you should contact the relevant Kyrgyz authorities on +996 312 881 618.There are no quarantine requirements for travelers entering the country.Anyone entering Kyrgyzstan who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will be taken to state medical facilities. Arriving travelers are likely to be subject to temperature checks and other medical observation on arrival, and could be asked to self-isolate at home. Travelers who do not show any symptoms should then be allowed to quarantine at home for 14 days.

 

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  • Capital: Bishkek
  • Currency: Kyrgyz som (KGS)
  • Area: 198,500 km2
  • Population: 6,316 million (2018)
  • Language: Kyrgyz, Russian
  • Religion: Muslim 75%, Russian Orthodox 20%, other 5%
  • Electricity: 220V/50Hz, European plug
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 7 January, Orthodox Christmas
  • 17 February, Independence Day
  • 9 April, Constitution Day
  • 1 May, International Labor Day
  • 9 May, Europe Day

Also, Easter Monday, Orthodox Easter Monday, Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

The climate in the Kyrgyz Republic is as varied as the country’s topography and can be classified into four major zones, each with distinctive characteristics. The valley-sub-mountain zone (from 900-1,200 m) experiences hot summers, snowless and temperate winters, and almost zero precipitation. The mountain zone (from 900–1,200 to 2,000–2,200 m) is characterised by a temperate climate, which has warm summers and cold, snowy winters. The high-mountain zone (from 2,000–2,200 to 3,000–3,500 m) is cooler in the summer and has relatively cold, snowless winters, with temperatures ranging from well below zero to 16°C. The nival belt zone (from 3,500 m and higher) has a polar climate and is covered by numerous snowfields and glaciers.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow season in Kyrgyzstan can start as early as November and last until April at the higher altitudes. The best months for skiing are January and February. Kyrgyzstan is a cheap skiing destination when compared to ski resorts in Western Europe.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Kyrgyzstan is from June to September. Most hiking trails are closed outside of these months.

 
 

HEALTH

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