In Kyrgyzstan, visa requirements are the most liberal of Central Asia. With the new law on visa-free travel, it became even easier for the majority of visitors to Kyrgyzstan. If you still need a visa, beware that a Kyrgyz visa is date-specific, meaning entry and exit date are written on the visa; you cannot enter before the entry date or leave after the expiry date.
Visa-free travel has gone into effect on July 27th 2012, giving 60-day visa-free travel for the following 44 countries.
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vatican, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Canada, South Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, United States of America, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Qatar, Brunei Darussalam, Bahrain.
We can confirm that the rule is followed both at land borders and the airport.
The following countries also have visa-free entry into Kyrgyzstan: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Georgia, Moldova, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia (up to 30 days), Mongolia (up to 90 days), North Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine (up to 90 days), Vietnam (30 days).
You can enter and re-enter visa-free as many times as you like. Each time you get another 30/60/90 days. It is best to enter the next day, rather than the same day, to avoid trouble with the border guards. Nonetheless, many people do re-enter the same day without issues.
Registering your stay
Since November 4th 2016, all foreign citizens that stay in the country more than 5 days need to register at the Migration Police (OVIR), or face a 10 000 som ($145) fine (or best bribe offer). The only country exempt from the rule is Russia, its citizens are required to register only for stays longer than 30 days.
The current fee for registration is 120 som and will be valid for the duration of one’s Kyrgyz visa.
OVIR in Bishkek is located at Kievskaya 58 Tel: (312) 66-61-20 Hours: 9:00-18:00. Here is a list of OVIR offices in other cities.
The procedure will likely be very confusing in the early stages. Updates and reports very welcome here.
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