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Kyrgyzstan country information

Kyrgyzstan map
Kyrgyz Republic
Area: 199,900 sq km
Population: 5,356,869
Population density: 26 per sq km
Capital: Bishkek
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU Yes
Visa Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
USA Yes
Other EU Yes/1

Passports

Passport for three months from date of entry required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Visas

Required by all nationals referred to in the chart above except the following:
(a) 1. nationals of Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic and Slovenia travelling as tourists (provided they are permanent residents of their country);
(b) transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first connecting aircraft within 48 hours, provided holding onward or return documentation and not leaving the airport.

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Visa Note

(a) Nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA can now obtain a tourist visa on arrival at Manas International Airport. (b) Nationals of the countries referred to in the chart above may apply for a visa valid for one month or less without providing a letter of support from Kyrgyzstan (except countries who do not require a visa, as listed above, and nationals of Estonia, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania, who do need to provide an invitation letter). (c) All nationals (except nationals of the UK) are required to register with the department for visas and registration within three days of arrivals, hotels will normally carry out this service for their guests.

Types of Visa and Cost

All visas are now multiple-entry: 50 (one month); 100 (six months); 140 (one year). Transit: 20 (120 hours); 35 (double-entry). Express: double the price.

Validity

Up to three months from date of issue.

Applications to:

Consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Working Days Required

Three; one for Express visa applications.
Getting there

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Kyrgyzstan Airlines (R8).

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Bishkek is 9 hours.

Main Airports

Bishkek Manas Airport (FRU) is 30km (18 miles) north of Bishkek. To/from the airport: There is a minibus shuttle service to the city centre when the airport is open (journey time - 30 minutes). Taxis are available 24 hours. There is also a bus service (journey time - 45 minutes). Facilities: Left luggage, crèche, bars, restaurant, chemist, bank and bureau de change.

Note: All but essential travel to the south and west of Osh and to the Ferghana Valley region is advised against, due to the history of terrorist activity and armed violence, and to the threat of landmines in the Batken region and along the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border that Kyrgyzstan shares with other countries in Central Asia. However, this should not deter travel since most visits to Kyrgyzstan are trouble-free.
Departure Tax
US$10. Infants and transit passengers are exempt.

Getting There by Rail

There are rail connections with the Russian Federation (journey time to Moscow - 3 days) and with other Central Asian Republics. Tourists are advised that robberies on trains have been reported.

Getting There by Road

The main international road links are with Kazakhstan and there are presently two crossing points into China (PR); visitors should note that the Chinese authorities normally require proof of an invitation by a Chinese tour operator as a condition of entry.

There are regular bus links from Bishkek to Tashkent (Uzbekistan) (journey time - 10 to 12 hours) and Almaty (Kazakhstan) (journey time - 6 hours); services leave the long-distance (zapadni) bus station in Bishkek. There is also a direct service to Osh from Tashkent (Uzbekistan) via the Fergana Valley, but road conditions are very poor on this route (see also Uzbekistan section).

Generally, roads can be affected by landslides (especially during spring in the mountain areas), while winter may cause hazardous conditions on a number of roads (especially on mountain passes, some of which may be closed during certain periods); visitors should also note that garage services are very limited.

Note tour.tk: cyclists don't need an invitation to enter China when entering via the Irkeshtam pass.
It is also possible to enter Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan, for more info see the 'getting there' section of Tajikistan
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Cost of living
Kyrgyzstan: all prices in Kyrgyzstan Soms (KGS)
drinks and snacks

food: local markets; restaurants; and stores

water (mineral)
juice
soft drink (can)
soft drink (bottle)

1.5 litre
1 litre
300ml
1 litre
20-25
25-30
tba

round white loaf - 30cm

800g+
8-10
local market food


pizza- vegetarian
one serving
one serving
one serving
med
tba
tba
tba
150-240
beer-local
wine
330ml
750ml

tea
coffee (cafe / bar)
Nescafe instant
coffee-ground
25 bags
per cup
125g
500g

35

rice (white)
pasta
eggs
tinned tomatoes

kg
500g
per dozen
250g




milk
yoghurt / curd
cheese
Magnum icecream
1 litre
500g
kg
each




tba

potatoes
onions
tomatoes
cucumbers
kg
kg
kg
kg

25
45
25
chips
salted peanuts
dried apricots
200g pack
kg
kg
tba
tba
tba
apples
oranges
bananas
kg
kg
kg


cornflakes
chocolate

biscuits-plain
biscuits-chocolate

375g pack
100g block

200g pack
200g pack




tba
pineapple (can)
oil (corn)
500g can
500ml

peanut paste
jam
500g jar
400g jar
tba
 
accommodation personal
budget city hostel
budget city hotel
100+ per dorm bed
200-400 double with ensuite

deodorant - roll-on
soap
shampoo
toothbrush
toothpaste
disposable razor
toilet paper

50ml
150g bar
200ml
each
100ml
5 pack
each



tba


tba
stay in yurt
home-stay-organised
wild camping

150+
250-500
everywhere

internet 30-40 per hour

* tba = price to be announced
* January 2009: at time of writing 1.00 USD = 40.93 KGS
all prices have been taken from internet resources such as wikitravel, hostel world, leading supermarket chains, travel blogs, forums and of course our own travel experiences and purchases of everyday products in food markets, bazaars and local shopping facilities. They are only an indication and designed to give you a general impression of the cost of living in Kyrgyzstan. Items are geared towards the budget conscious traveller with an occasional craving for a bit of luxury.
Accommodation
Food & drink
Bike shops
Gergert Sport
Gorkogo Str., 119
Bishkek City

Tel: +996 312 54 16 11

To find it: look for Vefa Center. It is a big famous supermarket.
The bike shop is on the same street.
Climate
climate chart Naryn Kyrgyzstan
Road distances
Central Asia road distance chart
     
Detailed distance chart from our trip through Kyrgyzstan 2007 (km/alti)    
  altitude (in metres) in brackets
km
total km
   
Osh turn-off to Ozgun
5
5
t.o. Ozgun Chychyk Pass (2406 m.)
60
65
Chychyk Pass Gülchö
19
84
Gülchö Köldük
44
128
Köldük Ak Bosogo (2830 m.)
34
162
Ak Bosogo Taldyk Pass (3615 m.)
10
172
Taldyk Pass Sary Tash
14
186
   
Sary Tash check-point & paved road
58
58
check-point Irkeshtam
16
74
Irkeshtam Chinese border (Simhana)
8
82
   
Road distances from other sources:  
   
Bishkek Almaty
236
  Tashkent
572
Karakol Bishkek
390
  Balykchy
217
Kachkor Bishkek
185
  Naryn
123
  Song-Köl
50
Naryn Bishkek
310
  At Bashy
45
  Torugart
200
Osh Özgön
54
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