Travel information in Kyrgyzstan
Visa-free regime in the Kyrgyz Republic
The list of the states concerning which citizens the unilateral
visa-free regime within 60 days is entered
1. Australian union
2. Republic Austria
3. Kingdom Belgium
4. Bosnia and Herzegovina
6. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
8. Federal Republic Germany
9. Kingdom of the Netherlands
10. Greek Republic
11. Kingdom Denmark
14. Kingdom Spain
15. Italian Republic
17. Republic of Korea
18. State of Kuwait
19. Latvian Republic
20. Lithuanian Republic
21. Principality Liechtenstein
22. Great Duchy Luxembourg
23. Republic Malta
24. Principality of Monaco
25. New Zealand
26. Kingdom Norway
27. United Arab Emirates
28. Republic Poland
29. Portuguese Republic
30. Kingdom Saudi Arabia
31. Republic Singapore
32. Slovak Republic
33. Republic Slovenia
34. United States of America
35. Finnish Republic
36. French Republic
37. Republic Croatia
38. Czech Republic
39. Swiss Confederation
40. Kingdom Sweden
41. Estonian Republic
42. State of Qatar
43. State of Brunei-Darussalam
44. Kingdom Bahrain
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE KYRGYZ REPUBLIC
Currency The national currency of Kyrgyzstan is the Kyrgyz SOM. There are no
any problems with money exchange in Kyrgyzstan. $US or EURO are widely
accepted in exchange offices throughout the country. It is advisable
to exchange banknotes of $100 and $50 banknotes. Smaller denominations,
especially worn ones and those with stamps or marks on them lose their exchange
General travel advice
Most travellers encounter no problems ó but occasionally
things do happen to upset your plans ó but that doesnít mean to
say that they will be a disaster.
Before you leave: Study your destination
: learn a little about where you are going and plan your visit.
Learn about the local laws, customs and climate. Learn a few useful
phrases in a local language. Your itinerary may well change ó but
try to be clear that you know and understand the main points. Get
a good guidebook, and maybe a phrase book.
Once you arrive:
Local laws: remember that, as a visitor,
you are subject to the laws of that country. Especially do not
get involved with narcotics. penalties can be very severe and
there will be no sympathetic treatment because you are a foreigner.
Be especially careful at borders. Never carry a parcel or baggage
for another person, donít cross borders with people you donít know
or in someone elseís vehicle - donít accept lifts. Remember - ignorance
of the law is not a defence. Also, remember that you may also be liable
under the law of your home country for some activities.
Valuables: keep your valuable possessions
(passport, money travellerís cheques etc.) with you at all times
and keep your bag held close to you. Preferably keep your passport
separate from other ID - donít risk losing them all together. Donít
leave valuables (that includes documents) unattended in your hotel
room or vehicle. If there is a safe - use it. Lock valuables out of
sight. Donít take anything you would hate to lose.
Baggage: do not carry baggage through customs
for other people. Pack you own baggage and donít leave it unattended
or in the care of a stranger. Keep an eye on it at all times - especially
in crowded areas like airports, bus stations etc.
Money: try to avoid being seen as ęrichĽ
- where possible use local currency and do not have large sums.
Keep money, credit cards etc. distributed between several pockets.
Avoid using unofficial exchange offices. Make sure you know if
you need receipts when changing money - in Kyrgyzstan you donít.
Carry a list of contact numbers for reporting lost and stolen cards
etc.. Have two credit cards - and keep them separate. Make a note
of any credit limits and donít exceed them.
Theft: Keep to well lit streets and avoid
short cuts, dark alleys etc. Try not to travel alone at night.
Keep aware for people who might be ędistractionsĽ for bag snatching
and pickpockets. Report all thefts to the local police as soon as
possible. If confronted or threatened, give up your valuables, ęyour
money and passport can be replaced - you canítĽ
Dealing with strangers: Be careful about
what information you give to strangers, especially your home
contact details, details of your itinerary and your hotel room
numbers. Donít let strangers into your hotel room - if you are meeting
visitors - meet them in the hotel lobby. Be careful when drinking
Taxis: avoid unofficial or unmarked taxis.
In Bishkek there is a taxi agency which is reasonable and responsible.
Driving: If you are involved in an accident
contact your insurers as soon as practically possible. Protect
your vehicle against theft and donít leave your documents in an unattended
Post: If you decide to post some things home
- be careful to observe the rules about what can be posted - and
what canít. Donít post things that you would hate to lose. Ask
how long it will take. Make a note of any details of the package
and ask for receipts of postage. If you send postcards - donít be
surp[rised if you arrive home before they do.
Avoid public demonstrations and large crowds.
If there is trouble on the street - stay indoors. Keep yourselves
informed of current affairs that may affect your personal safety
whilst travelling abroad.