Kyrgyzstan Travel Information
An exception state is declared. The borders are
closed and commercial flights are canceled.
The traffic picture can be chaotic and there is a lot
of unruly driving. Dark driving on country roads is not
recommended. Exposed roads are rarely secured. Some
stretches may be impassable during winter. It is not
recommended to travel outdoors alone in the big cities
It is important to take precautions in the Fergana
Valley as well as in the other border areas of
Uzbekistan and Tajikistan due to land mines.
Kyrgyzstan is located in a seismically active area.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Kyrgyzstan is
considered low, but cannot be ruled out.
Norwegians traveling to Kyrgyzstan should have valid
travel insurance, as the National Insurance Scheme does
not cover sickness or accident expenses. Everyone who is
going to the region should register at
Kyrgyzstan has a somewhat more active civil society
and less stable political system than its neighbors, and
there are often demonstrations and protests in several
of its cities. Although most are conducted in a peaceful
manner, it has happened that these have led to greater
riots. It is therefore recommended to avoid districts
where such demonstrations are planned. Protesters appear
to be blocking roads.
- Countryaah: Bishkek is the capital
of Kyrgyzstan. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
In the event of a crisis or emergency, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23
95 00 00. E-mail: [email protected]
Who can ask for assistance?
All Norwegian citizens can request assistance, but
also refugees or stateless persons residing in Norway
can expect assistance during a temporary stay abroad.
Persons who move abroad to settle there or to stay there
for at least six months must, before departure, report
to the Population Register in the place of residence or
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
In the summer of 2012, Kyrgyzstan lifted the visa
requirement for nationals in 44 countries - including
Norwegian citizens. The new visa-free regime gives the
right to stay visa-free in Kyrgyzstan for up to 60 days.
It is recommended to carry a passport, as one is
obliged to identify himself. Alternatively, it is common
practice to leave the passport at the hotel and to
present a copy.
Norwegians with interests that do not fall within the
new visa regime can apply for a visa at the Kyrgyzstan
Embassy in Berlin:
Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the BRD
Otto-Suhr-Allee 146 10585 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (30) 34 78 13 38, Fax: +49 (30) 34 78 13 62
E-mail: info @ botschaft-Kyrgyzstan. the
Coronavirus (covid-19): No cases of
coronavirus in Kyrgyzstan have been reported so far.
However, cases have been recorded in all countries
bordering the five Central Asian countries. China is
relatively large in all five Central Asian countries.
However, Kyrgyzstan has taken measures such as stricter
border control and temperature screening on arrival. The
situation may change rapidly and may, for example, lead
to quarantine after entry. It is recommended to keep
abreast of developments in planning trips to Kyrgyzstan.
The entry and exit restrictions are becoming ever
more stringent. The same applies to travel restrictions
between the regions domestically.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Vaccines that may be relevant to take before entering
Kyrgyzstan may include hepatitis A, diphtheria and
tetanus vaccine, typhoid fever vaccine.
For updated recommendations on vaccination before
departure, see information from the Norwegian Institute
of Public Health.
The hospitals in Kyrgyzstan do not meet Western
standards, and with the exception of a few institutions
in the capital, so are both with expertise and material.
It is not common for health professionals to know
For instant help:
Ministry of Emergency Situations (24hrs) Tel. +996
322 221 844
+ 996 312 544 669
Mob. +996 770 800 444
Tel. +996 322 221 844
+ 996 312 544 669
Mob. +996 770 800 444
Healthy Healing Association of the Administrative
Department of the President Tel.: +996 312 62 15 75 (24
Tel.: +996 312 66 03 98
Fax: + 996 312 62 64 91 110 Kievskaya Str, Bishkek
Note that the National Insurance Scheme does not
normally cover expenses that Norwegians in Kyrgyzstan
have to bear in connection with illness and accidents.
It is therefore strongly recommended to have valid
travel insurance. Tap water is not recommended for
cooking and drinking. Bottled water is available
everywhere in Kyrgyzstan.
To call Kyrgyzstan from Norway, dial +996 and then
the phone number. Telephone lines are of varying quality
and it is expensive to call abroad, not least from hotel
telephones. GSM coverage is good in cities. To call
Norway from landline, dial 0047 followed by telephone
number in Norway, from mobile use +47 and not 0047 as a
Kyrgyzstan is in the GMT +6 time zone.
The voltage of the power supply in Kyrgyzstan
is 220 volts, 50 Hz. The contact plug is the same as in
Norway. The Internet domain is.kg. The network is
relatively well developed in Bishkek, and wireless
access is increasingly common in hotels. National
currency is like. Visa and, to a lesser extent,
MasterCard are both usable in the big cities, but be
aware that card tapping and misuse occur. Credit cards
can be used at most major hotels, and ATMs are common in
all major and medium-sized cities. It is relatively
unusual, but often possible, to pay by card at
Outside the big cities, you can still often only pay
with cash and not with cards. You should only exchange
money with government approved money changers. It is
easiest to exchange US dollars, euros, Russian rubles
and Chinese yuan.
Banks and government offices are usually open
weekdays from 0900-1800, with an hour or two break in
the middle of the day. On Saturday, public offices are
closed, while banks are normally open until 2 pm or 3
pm. Supermarkets and other stores are open every day
from approx. 10am to 9pm, often longer (some stay closed
There are periodic power outages across the country.
Some areas may be without power for up to six hours per
Official Holidays in Kyrgyzstan: January 1 - First
New Year's Day, January 7 - Russian Orthodox Christmas,
February 23 - Armed Forces Day, March 8 - International
Women's Day, March 21 - Nauryz Meyrami (Traditional
Spring Celebration), 24. March - celebration of the
March Revolution, May 1 - Workers' International Day,
May 5 - Constitution Day, May 9 - Victory Day (World War
II), August 31 - Independence Day (USSR).
Muslim holidays that vary from year to year for 2015
are as follows: January 3 - Moulid an-Nabi (Prophet
Muhammad's birthday), June 17 - Ramadan (fasting), July
18 - Eid al-Fitr (two to three days celebration of the
end of the fast, Ramadan), September 23 - Eid al-Azha
The people of Kyrgyzstan are friendly and welcoming
and want visitors to have a pleasant stay. Still, you
sometimes run into people who see service as a foreign
Kyrgyzstan has a secular system of government and
religion is relatively less prominent in the public
sphere. Most Kyrgyz are Sunni Muslims. South Kyrgyzstan
is more traditional than the north. As a traveler you
should respect local traditions and customs and be aware
that your actions do not offend the culture and religion
of the country. There are no special dress codes or
restrictions on the consumption of alcohol. Kyrgyz
people will in many ways dress more ornamentally and
formally than Norwegians.
Kyrgyz is an official language, but Russian also has
official status and is widely used, especially in the
capital Bishkek. Knowledge of other foreign languages
is limited, but English is also on the rise here.
Be careful about taking pictures in places that may
be perceived to have military and/or security interests.
All possession and use of drugs is totally prohibited
and can result in lengthy prison sentences. It is
recommended to carry a passport or a certified copy of
the passport at all times. The police have the authority
to arrest any person who cannot identify themselves.
It looks like the issue of fake personals has spread
to Kyrgyzstan. Norwegians are advised not to send money
to people with whom they have only had email contact or
telephone contact. The scammers have sometimes
maintained email contact for a long time before the
scams have been carried out. If you want to buy tickets
for and to the invited party, it is recommended to buy
electronic tickets directly from the airlines or from a
Norwegian travel agency that offers a refund if the
traveler does not show up. Airline tickets are not
required to be submitted in connection with visa
If the invitee has issued a financial guarantee form,
the applicant who does not need to show that he/she has
a certain amount of money in his account. Passports,
travel documents and visa applications do not cost large
amounts on the Norwegian scale. The border control in
Kyrgyzstan does not require Kyrgyz nationals to have a
certain amount of money on account or in cash.
Consulate of Norway in Kyrgyzstan:
Private address: Tash dobo street, Ala-Archa, house 36,
Phone: +996 555 822 239
Email: [email protected]
Postal address: 429 "b", 5th floor, Frunze Street,
720011 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Office address: Club Hotel Dostuk, 429 "b", 5th floor,
Frunze Street, 720011, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Phone: +996 312 433 888; +996 312 433 777, fax: +996 312
43 71 85
E-mail: [email protected]