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Kyrgyzstan Entry and Travel Requirements

Kyrgyzstan's entry requirements outline all the rules that must be followed to enter the country easily. These requirements also clearly state the list of necessary documents that need to be prepared before the planned trip.

One of the most essential documents one must have when traveling to Kyrgyzstan is a valid passport. It must not expire for at least 180 days from the expected arrival date. Remember to check with your tour operator to see if your passport and other necessary travel documents meet their specific requirements. In addition to a valid passport, you may also need to apply for a visa. Kyrgyzstan's visa policy determines visa requirements. Depending on your nationality, purpose of travel or length of stay, different types of visas may be required to enter Kyrgyzstan.

Foreigners who want to visit Kyrgyzstan for a short time can apply for an e-visa online. Kyrgyzstan e-visa has 3 different types:
tourist visa, mountain tourism and transit visa. Each type differs in terms of validity, length of stay allowed, and intended use. There are currently over 130 different countries eligible to apply for a Kyrgyz visa online.

Additionally, visitors from certain countries can apply for a visa on arrival in Kyrgyzstan. This option is more convenient for last-minute travelers, while everyone else should take care of all the visa formalities before their trip. This will save them a lot of time in long queues at the border. Citizens of some countries who are not eligible to apply for a visa online or on arrival will need to apply for a regular visa from the nearest Kyrgyz diplomatic mission. Additionally, some visas and permits, including work permits, are available only at the embassy or consulate.

Those planning to live in Kyrgyzstan can replace their visa with a residence permit after arriving in the country.

Due to the recent Kyrgyz-Tajik conflict and the tense situation between these two countries, all travelers should avoid traveling to the Batkeny region and the Kyrgyz-Tajik border area. The Kyrgyz-Tajik land and air border remains closed until further notice. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Kyrgyzstan has followed other countries' decisions to introduce additional restrictions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. However, all Covid-related requirements have been lifted. Incoming travelers no longer need to present a negative coronavirus test or vaccination certificate.

Please remember that any Coronavirus restrictions are subject to change at short notice. Remember to always check for updated travel advice before traveling internationally.

Who can enter Kyrgyzstan?

The country welcomes all international visitors regardless of their vaccination status. Currently, there is no ban on countries whose citizens are not allowed to enter Kyrgyzstan.

Document checklist for entry to Kyrgyzstan

  1. valid passport
  2. Valid Kyrgyz visa
  3. Travel insurance (optional)



Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements

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There is no requirement for pre-departure or post-arrival testing, regardless of the traveler's Covid-19 vaccination status, age or nationality.

Vaccination required

A person arriving in Kyrgyzstan no longer needs to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Quarantine required

No foreign visitors to Kyrgyzstan are subject to quarantine requirements.

Traveling from Kyrgyzstan

Before leaving Kyrgyzstan, you should check the travel advice and entry requirements of the country you are traveling to next. You may need to produce a valid negative Covid-19 test or collect other Covid-related documents.

Also check your tour operator's requirements, for example different airlines may have their own procedures.

Traveling to Kyrgyzstan

Before leaving Kyrgyzstan, you should check the travel advice and entry requirements of the country you are traveling to next. You may need to produce a valid negative Covid-19 test or collect other Covid-related documents.

Also check your tour operator's requirements, for example different airlines may have their own procedures.

Entry Rules for Children

All coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in the country. This means children do not need to provide Covid-related documents to enter Kyrgyzstan.

It is the responsibility of parents or legal guardians to ensure that their young companions meet the other necessary requirements to enter Kyrgyzstan without any problems.

Transit through Kyrgyzstan

When transiting through Kyrgyzstan, you will need to meet the requirements applicable to your final destination.

If you intend to pass through immigration control (in transit), for example to stay one night in a hotel before catching a connecting flight the next day, you must follow the normal entry requirements for tourists visiting Kyrgyzstan.

Visa requirements

electronic visa

Kyrgyzstan introduced an electronic visa system in 2017 to make the application process easier and faster. Kyrgyz visa online comes in three different types and can be issued in just 3 working days.

The entire process can be completed online and requires applicants to simply fill out a short online form, pay the processing fee, and receive the approved e-Visa in their email inbox.

For more information about the Kyrgyzstan e-Visa and a list of countries where you can apply for a visa online, click here.

Visa on arrival

Kyrgyzstan offers the possibility of visa on arrival. Visas can only be issued to certain travelers upon arrival at the Kyrgyz border.

Currently, VoA is only available at Manas International Airport and the list of eligible candidates includes citizens from about 20 different countries.

Entry visa holders can stay in Kyrgyzstan for 30 or 60 days - the length of stay allowed depends on nationality.

VoA registration often involves waiting in line for many hours at immigration control. This is why those who are eligible to apply for a visa online should choose the online alternative. The full list of countries eligible for visa on arrival includes:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Macedonia
  • Mexico
  • Montenegro
  • Oman
  • Philippines
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Venezuela

Embassy or Consular Visa

Kyrgyzstan's visa policy requires citizens of more than 40 different countries to apply for an embassy or consulate visa, regardless of the purpose or desired length of stay in Kyrgyzstan.

Embassy or consulate visas issue all types of visas and permits, including business visas or work permits.

To obtain a regular visa to Kyrgyzstan, one must go to the nearest diplomatic mission and apply for the visa, which usually includes providing supporting documents.

Because the traditional visa application process may take longer than the online application, all travelers should begin completing the procedures before their planned trip.

Full list of countries requiring a diplomatic or consular visa for Kyrgyzstan:

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Aruba
  • Bermuda
  • Bonaire
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Curacao
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Montserrat
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • Reunion
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Tokelau
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Wallis and Futuna

Visa-exempt countries

Visa exemption applies to tourists from certain countries who do not require a visa if they plan to stay in Kyrgyzstan for a short period of time. The only document they need to enter the country is simply a valid passport.

Currently, about 60 different countries have visa-free access to Kyrgyzstan. Depending on the traveler's nationality, the maximum period of stay allowed without a visa can be 30, 60 or 90 days.

Citizens of these 60 countries can visit Kyrgyzstan without a visa for tourism or leisure purposes. However, to work or stay longer in Kyrgyzstan, each citizen will need to have an appropriate visa.

Countries that do not require a visa for short-term visits to Kyrgyzstan:

  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russian Federation
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City
  • Vietnam

Indefinite visa-free entry

According to Kyrgyzstan's visa policy, there are 11 countries whose citizens are completely visa-free. Passport holders of these countries are allowed to stay in Kyrgyzstan indefinitely without a visa.

Full list of countries with unlimited visa exemption to Kyrgyzstan:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Cuba*
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Moldova
  • North Korea*
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Vietnam*

*Cuba, Vietnamese and North Korean citizens must also be permanent residents in their country to qualify for visa exemption. If they live in other countries, they will have to apply for a visa to Kyrgyzstan.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not required when traveling to Kyrgyzstan. However, due to the low quality of medical services in the country and the relatively high costs, all visitors to Kyrgyzstan are encouraged to purchase comprehensive insurance, including medical transportation. There is no need to purchase additional Covid-19 health insurance.

Additionally, Kyrgyzstan requires visitors to have valid auto liability insurance.

When choosing an insurance policy, make sure it meets your specific travel needs and be sure to check that your insurer's policy is accepted in Kyrgyzstan.

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