US Five-year visa in Bishkek?

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mwendeleo
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US Five-year visa in Bishkek?

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I am in Almaty but soon will need a new visa. Can I get the new five-year visa for US citizens in Bishkek? If so, would it take the normal time? Thanks a lot, John
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Yes and yes.
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Many thanks for the info and Merry Christmas (what the hell are we doing online on Christmas Eve?) and beyond. Thanks for doing this site, which I will publicize as I can.

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Steven: My KZ visa marathon proceeds. Because of the holiday closures, this coming week will be my last opportunity to get a visa. I wanted to see if one of the "experts" could help make sure I get the visa and contacted three. One (Advantour) didn't read my emails explaining the new visa for americans, but finally idiotically said it would take 12-14 days and more than $300 to get a one-month, multi-entry tourist visa to KZ. Another (Aida of Rodem House) refused to tell me how much it would cost, how long it would take, or anything else. The third, Concept, didn't even answer. Your readers need to know how ignorant, apathetic and incompetent the agencies are, at even reading or processing the information they receive.

I am back to trying to do it myself-- it will be a disaster if they embassy doesn't give me the visa next week. Because you are my only source of solid information, I wanted to thank you again and will let you know what I learn next week.

Have a good January! John Couper
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I know tourist agencies still have a long way to go here, and I wish I could be of more help to you.

Thanks for keeping me up to date, this visa is new for everyone, and as a non-American, it's difficult for me to keep up with.

Good luck!
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As an update to this:

I visited the Kazakh Embassy here in Bishkek today, was told that the 5 year visa for US passports was $160 and processed in the standard 3-5 business days. If this turns out to be incorrect I'll report back with updated info.

On another note Kazakh visas are still free for Japanese passports (2 month visa without an LOI), which is pretty standard I think. However, I noticed for the first time today that they were free for Turkish passports as well according to a notice at the embassy.
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