INFORMATIONS ABOUT KIRGYZSTAN AND TRAVELING
It is now possible
and without any difficulties, to get your FREE
60 days touristic visa at your arrival in Bishkek airport.
Only condition: valid passport for at least six month from your
More info on
the Kirghyz embassy site: http://www.kgembassy.org/en/consular-issues/applying-for-a-visa/general-visa-information/
This procedure is in place since july 2012.
If necessary you can also get your visa at the Kyrgyz embassz in
Ambassade du Kirghizstan à Bruxelles
47 rue de l'Abbaye / Abdjistraat
Tél:(32-2).640.18.68 / 38.83
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
for Bishkek, airport code "FRU"
It's better booking up a long time before starting date for the
flights are often full up.
Time difference with Europe : 4 hours (GMT+6).
At the beginning and at the end of the trip,
you can contact the rest of the world by Email, telephone or private
express mail. During the trip, mobile phone can be used from some
places (about 50% of the ride has cell phone coverage).
The capital, Bishkek, is 800m above sea level.
The climate is continental dry, very hot in summer in Bishkek and
around (+ 30 to 40° C), by far cooler in the mountains. Many peaks
are between 3500 and 7000 m and many passes are permanently covered
Is called "som" and divided in 100
teen. There are banknotes and coins. In Bishkek, almost all Banks
can do every transaction you may need (transfert, credit card, etc...)
Have US dollars in 100 USD notes, in good condition, and posterior
to 1996 for a better change. Euros are also welcome (notes of more
than 50), the changing rate is beter than the US Dollar.
You can now take money with any credit card
(difficult with Mastercard) in some banks and ATM, but it il preferable
having some Dollars or Euros with you just in case it's not working
Two official languages : Kyrgyz (turco-altaïc)
and Russian. Almost everybody speaks Russian, except in remote villages
where teaching is only in Kyrgyz.
Kyrgyzstan is a muslim country, though religion
doesn't appear to be the main preoccupation of people, but don't
wear mini-skirts or go without shirt, specially in the countryside.
As in other muslim countries, one eat with right
hand, the left one is "unclean".
Tea, the national drink, is served in small
cups never filled up. It has to be filled very often. Offering a
full cup of tea is considered as an invitation to go away.
Delicious local bread, called "nan"
is broken by the chief of the family so as everybody can take a
When invited for a meal, it is not rare getting
up from the table and going away as soon as the meal is finished.
Kyrgyzstan lies on the north branch of the great
silk road, linking China to Europe, from the beginning of our millennium.
Some of our trips are passing through these routes, where remains
can be seen.
*For general information about
Kyrgyzstan, click "Kyrgyzstan".