Facts for the Visitor
||1-month single-entry visa on arrival at the Bishkek Airport: US$60
In Beijing: 1-month single-entry visa processed in 1 day: US$50
No Letter-of-Invitation is required. OVIR registration is not required.
||No visa required, visitors permitted to stay 1 month.
OVIR registration in Bishkek is required. Registration is free.
Language Skills Needed
|Many people in tourist related industries speak
English. Knowing numbers and how to say "how much?" in Kyrgyz and Russian is
needed to ride transport, shop at markets, and eat at local restaurants. Learning
the Russian and Kyrgyz Cyrillic Alphabets is needed to read street signs and
recognize the telecommunications office, supermarkets, and
mini-marts (magazines). A phrasebook is convenient but not essential.
Currency & Currency Exchange
|US$ 1 =
Ks 45.3 (Kyrgyz som) on August 8, 2002. Banks and moneychangers give the same rate. There is no black market.
50Hz. Electrical outlets are mainland European parallel round pin plugs.
|International Certificates of Vaccination are not required.
telephones take tokens for sale at street vendors near the
telephone. To call from a telephone office, leave a deposit
at the counter, be assigned a telephone booth, and collect
your change after the call(s). Oddly, after dialing the
phone number and hearing your party answer, a "3"
must be dialed in order for your party to hear you speak.
The international access code is 00. Neither collect call nor
connection to a US calling card number (AT&T, Sprint, etc) is possible.
|Every city has a 56 kbps connection
for Ks 50 per hour. Computers and LAN equipment are new.
|Budget accommodation is found
in any city. Luxury accommodation is non-existent. In rural areas, staying
with a local family is possible. Families
normally ask for Ks 150~200 per person for lodging and dinner.
|Within the country, only road transportation is available.
Buses are dilapidated but cheap. An 8-hour 450km trip by bus costs about Ks 140 (US$3). Mini-vans
service the same routes in less time for about 25% more charge. The only train line in Kyrgyzstan
crosses the Kazakstan border, requiring travelers to have a Kazak visa.
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