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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘Саламатсызбы ’
( sal-amat syz-by )
Kyrgyz
‘Здравствуйте ’
( zdravst-vi-te )
Russian
Plug combo cf
Electricity
220V/50hz
Apr-Jun
Sep-Oct
Best time to go
Spring
Autumn
Friday
HRS
16
16
MINS
19
19
Current Time
GMT +6

Money and costs

Currency
Soms (лв)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated April 04, 2019 2:25PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$40
  • Hostel dorm (Bishkek) or rural homestay: 400–700som
  • Street snack: 40–60som
  • Self-service cafeteria meal: 60–150som
  • Museum admission: 50–150som
  • Long-distance marshrutka ride: 150–500som
Midrange
US$40–80
  • Midrange hotel: US$30–50
  • Full day horse riding with guide: 1800–3000som
  • Good restaurant meal in Bishkek: 400–1200som
  • Long-distance share-taxi seat: 300–1000som
Top end (more than)
US$80
  • High-end or boutique hotel: US$60–200
  • Long-distance car with driver per day: 3000som
  • Private kok boru demonstration: 17000som

Visas

At least 60 nationalities can visit Kyrgyzstan without visas, including citizens of Korea, Japan, most major Western countries and former Soviet countries. Many visitors who do need a visa can arrange for one online (www.evisa.e-gov.kg), though these visas are valid for...

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When to go and weather

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Getting to Kyrgyzstan

Most visitors will arrive by air at Bishkek's Manas International Airport, though many still travel overland as part of larger Silk Road itineraries.

Getting around Kyrgyzstan

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

Baby change facilities are limited to high-end tourism providers and pavements even in major cities are often not pram-friendly. However, Kyrgyzstan embraces the 'it takes a village' mindset wholeheartedly and very often strangers at hand will be happy to lend...

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Working and volunteering

Multi-entry business visas of up to 90 days are available online (www.evisa.e-gov.kg), though full work visas generally require a sponsoring organisation. Most short-term employment for foreigners is with language schools, though candidates with relevant experience have been known to find...

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