It’s always important to get familiar with entry procedures when planning a trip. These can change every year and it is important to keep updated and check the latest information on official embassy websites. Is it necessary to have a visa for Kyrgyzstan?
Visa-free regime for more than 60 countries
Citizens of more than 60 countries benefit of a visa-free regime for touristic stays in Kyrgyzstan of up to 60 days. This list includes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America. You can check the complete list online. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you can enter Kyrgyzstan with a passport valid for at least another six months after your arrival.
How to obtain a visa for Kyrgyzstan?
If your country is not included in the visa-free regime, if you are planning to stay for over 60 days or if you are coming for other purposes than tourism, you can obtain a visa at the nearest Embassy or by applying online for an e-visa on this website. This new procedure takes three days. Fees depend on the duration of the visa you are asking for.
Extending your visa
If you fall in love with Kyrgyzstan and want to extend your stay, you will have to register after 60 days. Citizens of some countries have to register already after 5 days in Kyrgyzstan: this should be checked before your arrival. Most countries in the visa-free regime list are exempt from this procedure.
If you entered the country with a visa you may extend it at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you came without a visa you will have to leave the country and obtain a visa before re-entering. This can be done in the nearby Kyrgyz Consulate in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Citizens of many countries benefit of a visa-free regime for Kazakhstan which can ease the procedure.