Kyrgyzstan: entry and exit regulations
The visa required for entry into Kyrgyzstan can be obtained from one of the
Kyrgyz diplomatic missions abroad with the passport (identity card is not
sufficient) or child ID. For tourist visas with a validity period of up to one
month, the visa can also be issued when entering Kyrgyzstan at Manas Airport and
at certain border crossings. However, it is recommended to obtain the Kyrgyz
visa from the Kyrgyz representations before leaving the country. The child ID
card is recognized as a travel document up to the age of 16. The duty to report
to the police has been abolished for travelers with German citizenship. Visa
extensions for tourist visas up to 3 months are generally possible at all Kyrgyz
consular offices (Bishkek, Osh, Karakol, Naryn).
Issuing of visas in Germany
Visa department of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic
Otto - Suhr - Allee 146
Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 -347813-38, -37, -61
Fax: 0049 - (0) 30 -347813 -62
Consulates and issuing visas in Austria and Switzerland:
see at the end of the article
Import and export of foreign currency
- Local currency
The import and unlimited export of the local currency are only permitted for
travelers residing in Kyrgyzstan. There is an obligation to declare.
- Foreign currencies
There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currencies, but a
declaration is required. The export of foreign currencies is limited to the
declared amount imported.
In many countries, a fee must be paid when leaving the country. There is no
exit fee when leaving Kyrgyzstan.
Import and export of goods
When entering Kyrgyzstan, tourists must fill out a customs declaration form
that must be kept until they leave the country. This entitles the holder to
import items for personal use as well as currencies and valuables that must be
listed on the form.
Kyrgyzstan: travel medicine, vaccinations and warnings
In Kyrgyzstan, the following infectious diseases, which are not or less
common in Germany or Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:
- Malaria: There is a rather low risk of malaria in the
country, especially between June and October. Almost 100% of the infections
are caused by tertian malaria. There is no risk of malaria infection in
areas above 2,000 m.
- Amoebic dysentery
- Bacterial agitation
- Lyme disease - from tick bites
- Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water,
including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all
kinds of viruses and bacteria
- Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE), caused by tick
- Hepatitis A and B
- Polio, polio
- Typhoid - however, there is only a risk of infection
for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated
when traveling to Kyrgyzstan are recommended vaccinations against the
- Diphtheria - a vaccination against diphtheria should
always exist, also in the home country.
- Hepatitis A and B
- Polio, polio - vaccination against polio should always
exist, also in the home country.
- Tetanus - a vaccination against tetanus should always
exist, also in the home country
- Rabies - but only for high-risk travelers who can come
into contact with the vector animals.
- Typhoid - but only for travelers who can come into
contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
When traveling in the country, it is advisable to undergo malaria
prophylaxis. However, if the side effects seem questionable to you, you should
at least have a "stand-by preparation" with you.
Vaccination requirements There are no vaccination regulations when
entering or staying in the country.
Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?
Most children in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious
diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to
10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you
should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is
necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination
protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.
Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the
following vaccinations since June 2007.
There is even no 10 € practice fee - but the insured usually have to pay the
statutory additional payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price - that is at
least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following
vaccinations are free of charge:
- Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
- Yellow fever
- Hepatitis A and B
- Meningococcal meningitis
- Polyo (polio)
- Tetanus (tetanus)
Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria
As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover
the costs mentioned.
Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany
Telephone: 0049 - (0) 30 - 5000 - 2000
Fax: 0049 - (0) 30 - 5000 - 51000
How to get to Kyrgyzstan
The national airline Kyrgyzstan Airlines (KGA) (Internet: www.kyrgyzair.de)
offers direct flight connections twice a month from Hanover and three times a
month from Frankfurt/M. to Bishkek. Lufthansa flies five times a week from
Frankfurt/M. to Almaty in Kazakhstan. There are regular bus connections to
Aeroflot also flies flights to Bishkek from Düsseldorf, Hanover, Hamburg,
Berlin, Frankfurt/Main and Munich.
Travel in the country
There are connections from Bishkek to Cholpon-Ata, Kara-Kol, Naryn and
Osh. The central Tienschan region can be reached by helicopter, which mainly
transports mountaineers to the Inylchek Valley. Safety standards in national air
traffic do not always correspond to Western European standards. With a YAK-40 or
a small Antonov propeller machine you can admire mountains with snow-capped
peaks for about 35 EUR from Bishkek to Osh for three quarters of an hour. The
flights are operated by Kyrgyzstan Airlines and Altyn Air. Tickets are available
in travel agencies and in the "Aviakassui", which are available in every city
with an airport.
The public buses and marshrutkas (minibuses) run in Bishkek from the
western bus station in the direction of Kara Balta, Talas, Toktugul and Osh,
from the east bus station in the direction of Kant, Ivanowka and Tokmak. Some
buses also depart from the Osh Bazaar.
There are train connections to the Russian Federation and the other
Central Asian republics. However, rail travel is generally not recommended
because of the endangered security situation. The only inland route leads from
Bishkek to Balikchi, at the western end of Lake Issyk-Kul. Osh in the south of
the country can be reached by train via Tashkent (Uzbekistan).
Kyrgyzstan has a road network of around 28,400 km.
The most important international roads lead to Kazakhstan, there is also a
border crossing to China. However, the road conditions are often poor, in winter
the mountain passes are often closed, in spring floods make many roads
impassable due to the snowmelt.
rental There are no car rental companies in
Kyrgyzstan; only the owner of a car is allowed to drive his car there. But you
can rent cars with a driver from travel agencies. At the main train station in
Bishkek you can rent inexpensive taxis to Osh, for example.
International license plate
the international license plate of Kyrgyzstan is:
Kyrgyzstan: currency, shopping and exchange rate
The national currency of Kyrgyzstan is the
Som = 100 Tyin
The following banknotes are valid and in circulation in the country:
as well as the following notes in the Tyin area
Coins are not minted.
You can find a currency converter here:
Bank opening hours
- Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: closed
Shop opening times
The shops in Kyrgyzstan are open at very different times.
Cheap or country-specific goods, souvenirs
The bazaars in Bishkek, Osh and Al-Medin are particularly known for
their handicrafts and the wide range of food on offer. Embroidered felt hats,
the so-called kalpaks, are particularly popular, as are felt carpets and chess
games with traditional Kyrgyz figures.
Kyrgyzstan: Embassies and Consulates
Visit Countryaah for a full list of Kyrgyzstan embassies and consulates in each
country around the world.
Representations of Kyrgyzstan in Germany
German representations in Kyrgyzstan
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Tel: 00996 - (0) 312 - 90 50 00 00
996 - (0) 312 - 66 19 75
Fax: 00996 - (0) 312 - 66 66 30
Email: info @ bischkek. diplo.de
Austrian representations in Kyrgyzstan
The embassy in Kazakhstan is responsible
Representations of Kyrgyzstan in Austria
Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Vienna
Tel: 0043 - (0) 1 - 535 03 79
Fax: 0043 - (0) 1 - 535 03 79 13
Email: [email protected]
Swiss representations in Kyrgyzstan
The embassy in Uzbekistan is responsible
Office for Cooperation of the Swiss Embassy and
Consular Agency Bishkek Swiss Consular Agency and Office for
144 Panfilov Street
Bishkek 720 040, Kyrgyzstan
Tel: 00996 - 312 66 64 80-84
Fax: 00996 - 312 66 64 89
Email: [email protected]
Representations of Kyrgyzstan in Switzerland
Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Geneva
Rue du Lac 4-6
Tel: 0041 - (0) 22 - 707 92 20
Fax: 0041 - (0) 22 - 707 92 21
Email: [email protected]