Travel hints to Kyrgyzstan
The Republic of Kyrgyzstan
Geographic coordinates: 42°52′N 74°36′E. Area: 199,951 km2
Capital (Largest city): Bishkek
The citizens of the countries listed below intending to visit Kyrgyzstan (by air or by land) up to 60 days do not need to obtain entry visa to Kyrgyzstan:
1. Australia 2. Austria 3. Bahrain 4. Belgium 5. Bosnia and Herzegovina 6. Brunei-Darussalam 7. Canada 8. Croatia 9. Czech Republic 10. Denmark 11. Estonia 12. Finland 13. France 14. Germany 15. Greece 16. Hungary 17. Iceland 18. Ireland 19. Italy 20. Japan 21. Kuwait 22. Latvia 23. Liechtenstein 24. Lithuania 25. Luxembourg 26. Malta 27. Monaco 28. Netherlands 29. New Zealand 30. Norway 31. Poland 32. Portugal3 3. Qatar 34. Saudi Arabia 35. Singapore 36. Slovakia 37. Slovenia 38. South Korea 39. Spain 40. Sweden 41. Switzerland 42. United Arab Emirates 43. United Kingdom 44. United States of America 45. Vatican
The majority of the population (64 percent) are Kyrgyz addition to its Turkic origins, Kyrgyz culture bears elements of Persian, Mongolian and Russian influence.. The main populations are Kyrgyz Uzbeks, Russians and others.
The state language is Kyrgyz. Russian language is commonly spoken everywhere in the country. Few people in big cities and tourist destinations can speak and understand English.
Kyrgyzstan has a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. In the lowlands, the temperature ranges from around -6°C (21°F) in January to 24°C (75°F) in July. In the low-lying Fergana Valley of the south temperatures may peak as high as the low 40s in summer.
In the highlands, the temperatures range from between -20° (-4°F in January to 12°C (54°F) in July, although some high mountain valleys can drop as low as -30°C (-22°F) in winter. Rainfall is fairly low throughout the country but there can be heavy snowfalls during winter. The wettest area is the mountains above the Fergana Valley; the driest, the southwest shore of Lake Issyk-Kul. March to May and October to November are usually the wettest months
Most transactions are conducted on a cash-only, local currency basis. Major credit cards are only accepted at the main hotels and a few shops and restaurants. Local currency is SOM. 80 som approximately 1 USD.
Good lunch or dinner at best restaurants costs from 10-15 USD. Transportation: Public buses 0.5 USD for any amount of stations. Taxi which is very commonly used and easiest way of getting to the places: 1 km- 0.5 USD. First aid in any hospitals 5-10 USD. Tips 10 % from the order in restaurants. Tickets to the theaters and cinemas 10 USD max
Tourist services and facilities
Basic medical services are available for tourists at local hospitals and clinics. Telecommunications services are also available from major hotels. Postal services are available at the Main Post Offices and in all hotels.
220 V AC, 50 ampere; standard two-pin plug socket
GMT + 05:00 - +06:00
International dialing code
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