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Kyrgyzstan Reopening for Tourism: All Entry Requirements

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Kyrgyzstan has officially reopened for tourism on August 21, now allowing select countries to once again visit since shutting its borders to foreigners in March.    

The landlocked country in Central Asia gets around 3 million tourists per year, mostly from neighboring nations, but has a growing adventure travel and eco-tourism sector. Since they are reporting a flattening of the curve and a downward trend in cases, Kyrgyzstan is hoping to now recover some of their lost tourism season.

Kyrgyzstan yurts

Many tourists visit Kyrgyzstan for horse riding, yurt camping, mountain climbing, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying natural hot springs.

Kyrgyzstan eagle hunting

Countries Allowed to Travel to Kyrgyzstan

All nations.

When Kyrgystan first opened on August 21st, only 31 countries were permitted to visit. Now, as of December 4, 2020, all countries may visit under normal visa regulations as long as the covid-related entry requirements (like testing) are fulfilled. 

Kyrgyzstan bishkek

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements for Kyrgyzstan

PCR testing is required. 

All passengers arriving by air into Kyrgyzstan will have to produce proof of a negative PCR test, in original paper form, that was taken no longer than 72 hours before departure of the first embarkation point.

*Passengers younger than 7 years of age are exempt from testing.

Kyrgyzstan market

Quarantine Entry Requirements for Kyrgyzstan

For passengers entering with the PCR test proof, there are no mandatory quarantine requirements.

However, passengers will undergo a health screening upon arrival and if symptoms are detected, they may be required to quarantine.

Kyrgyzstan tourism is open

Visa Requirements for Kyrgyzstan

Apart from the above Covid-related entry requirements, you also might be required to obtain a Visa in order to enter Kyrgyzstan.

There are currently 45 countries that do not need a visa to enter, and 20 countries that offer a visa-on-arrival at Manas airport. All other nations will have to apply for a visa ahead of time.

Click here to see if your nation requires a visa to enter

Kyrgyzstan mosque

Flights to Kyrgyzstan

Tourists will most likely be flying into (FRU) Manas airport, the largest airport just outside the capital city of Bishkek. Flights are already starting to resume with the announcement of Kyrgyzstan’s reopening.

Here are some direct flights resuming soon:

  • Istanbul on Pegasus resuming Aug 26, and on Turkish Airlines Sept 1
  • Dubai on FlyDubai resuming Aug 28
  • Ulaanbaatar on Turkish Airlines resuming Sept 5
  • Astana on Air Astana resuming Sept 17
  • Novosibirsk on S7 resuming Oct 2
  • Moscow on AeroFlot resuming Oct 25
Kyrgyzstan horse riding

Travel Insurance For Kyrgyzstan

While having valid travel health insurance is not a mandatory entry requirement, all travelers should ensure they have a policy that covers Covid.

Read More: See what countries have re-opened in Europe and Asia for tourism, and which countries have no restrictions or entry requirements

Sources: Direct interview with Minister of Foreign Affairs / 24.kg / Wiki / Ministry of Health /

Disclaimer: Kyrgyzstan’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

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Originally Published August 20th, 2020


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Ali

Thursday 31st of December 2020

I am a pakistani planning a trip to Kyrgyzstan mid january and a friend from india considering this post was updated 17 hours ago we both should

adam

Friday 20th of November 2020

i'm from egypt there are flights from cairo to bishkek will i be allowed entry

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 21st of November 2020

No sorry Egypt is not on the list for entry at this time

Farheen

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

Hi Kashlee, I am a student who was perusing my degree from 🇰🇬. I am from India. As they have not included India in the list. Can I travel to kyrgyzstan via dubai?

Chandomay Das

Monday 19th of October 2020

hi Kaslee, Is Krygzstan now open for India.

thanks in advance

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 19th of October 2020

No sorry, all approved countries are listed and India is not yet on the list

Abdul Haseeb

Friday 2nd of October 2020

Hi I am Pakistani citizen and working in UAE can I visit Kyrgyzstan in Nov this year as my friends are living there and they are students they are giving me tourist like E visa . please confirm... do i need to check with local authorities ???

Thanks

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

Both UAE and Pakistan are on the approved list for visiting. And yes, everyone should always double check before they go :)