Travel advice for Kyrgyzstan.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Kyrgyzstan.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

 

  • Swiss Bankers Travel is not accepted in this country.

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Banknotes

in US dollar (USD)

  • Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Local currency / ISO Code

Som KGS

Currency exchange rate

KGS 100 = ~ CHF 1.18 ; CHF 1 = ~ KGS 84.05 (09/2022)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Die gängigen Kreditkarten werden in begrenztem Umfang akzeptiert. Für detaillierte Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an den Aussteller der betreffenden Karte.

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Time difference with Switzerland

+ 4 h

National language

Official language

Kyrgyz

Language capabilities

Russian and English

Capital

Bishkek

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220 volt / adapter required for 3-pronged plug

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Bishkek, 144 Panfilov Street
Tel. +996 312 66 64 80 / +996 312 66 64 81 / +996 312 66 64 82 / +996 312 66 64 83 / +996 312 66 64 84

Opening hours

Banks

9.00 - 16.00 h (Mon - Fri)

Stores

9.00 - 17.00 h (Mon - Sat)

Driving

Rental cars available only with driver.

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Minimum risk of malaria.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security

  • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

  • Travel to the border areas with Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan and China not advised.

  • Relatively high crime rate, especially in the cities.

  • Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.

  • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

Special legal regulations

  • Photographing military installations and public buildings (airports, bridges etc.) is prohibited.

  • Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Cultural characteristics
  • Kyrgyzstan is a predominantly Moslem country. Please observe local customs for dress code and conduct.

  • Ramadan 2019: 05.05. - 04.06.

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 3 months after expiration of visa, visa, return or onward travel ticket as well as proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 1 month.
Tourists must register at their destination.These formalities are settled by the hotel for package travel.
Travelers are advised to carry with them their passport or a photocopy thereof (must include page with visa).

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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