The application for a business visa for Kyrgyzstan generally follows the same outline as a tourist visa, with the difference that everyone needs an invitation from a partner company in Kyrgyzstan, unless you are from a country with visa-free travel in Kyrgyzstan. If you need an invitation but do not have a partner company in Kyrgyzstan to provide one for you, you can contact a tour operator in Kyrgyzstan.
Business visas are given with single, double or multiple entry for a period of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or 1 year.
To be clear: if you can travel visa-free to Kyrgyzstan but are not coming as a tourist, you should still get the visa-free thing, NOT the business visa. There is no point to that.
Business visa on arrival
October 2014: Still the same. 70$ on-the-spot 1-month business visa on arrival without LOI for American passport. Just fill in form and pay.
It is possible to obtain a business visa on arrival for 1 month at Manas airport. This you can obtain without letter of invitation if you are from a country with visa-free travel to Kyrgyzstan.
If you do not have visa-free travel to Kyrgyzstan, you need a letter of invitation that does not contain a visa number, meaning the letter of invitation does not need authorization by the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It suffices to show a simple letter from the inviting party with their contact details and your passport information. You then get to fill in an application form and you will receive, upon payment, a 1-month single or double-entry business visa (from LP forum, January 2012). The price is 70$ for a single-entry visa and 100$ for double entry.
Duration and cost
Prices can change from embassy to embassy, but here is an approximate cost.
- 1 month single entry business visa: 75$
- 1 month double entry business visa: 90$
- 3 month single entry business visa: 80$
- 3 month double entry business visa: 115$
- 1 month single entry business visa (express service): 150$
- 1 month double entry business visa (express service): 205$
- 3 month double entry business visa (express service): 205$