In Kyrgyzstan, visa requirements are the most liberal of Central Asia. With the 2012 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
You may or may not be required to register your stay at the immigration police, depending on your nationality and the length of your stay in Kyrgyzstan.
For some 90 nationalities, since January 2017, registration is only necessary if you stay longer than the standard tourist visa or visa-free period for your country. You can double-check if you still need to register at the Kyrgyzstan registration page, where you will also find more info on the procedure.
Kyrgyzstan tourist visa
The Kyrgyzstan tourist visa is issued for 15, 30 or 60 days, with single or double entry. Longer duration and double entry are more expensive, but the procedure remains the same.
Standard procedure to apply for a Kyrgyzstan tourist visa is to bring a letter of invitation from a tourist company. However, citizens of some countries do not need a letter of invitation. These are:(1) Albania (2) Andorra (3) Argentina (4) Brazil (5) Bulgaria (6) Chile (7) Cyprus (8) Indonesia (9) Israel (10) Macedonia (11) Mexico (12) Montenegro (13) Oman (14) Philippines (15) Romania (16) San Marino (17) South Africa (18) Serbia (19) Thailand (20) Turkey (21) Venezuela. Citizens of these countries also do not need to register at OVIR. All others do (see registration chapter below).
Letter of invitation
The letter of invitation takes 2 weeks to deliver and is valid for 1 month from date of issue. So you need to get to an embassy within 1 month. Through the form on this page you can start your application immediately online. The price is 55 US$.
Kyrgyzstan visa on arrival
It is possible to get the Kyrgyzstan visa on arrival only in Bishkek’s Manas airport, not at a land border. It’s the same idea as before: if you need a letter of invitation, you will need one for the VOA too. It’s 60$ for a single entry 30 day tourist visa, 70$ for double entry 30 day tourist visa on arrival. It is not possible to get more than 1 month at the airport. It is also possible to get a business visa on arrival at Manas airport. This type of visa is not extendable!
Other visas and permits
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