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Kyrgyzstan

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    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Kyrgyzstan
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Kyrgyzstan
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Batken province, the international border regions of Osh and Jalal-Abad provinces


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? Yes/No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Entry rules
Entering the country or crossing at land borders with national IDs is temporarily suspended, including for residents. All residents are only allowed to enter Kyrgyzstan with valid passports.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
Travellers entering Kyrgyzstan are required to present a negative PCR certificate on arrival. The test should be taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Kyrgyzstan for travellers arriving by air and land. If a passenger arrives after the 72 hours window (due to valid reasons, such as flight delays or extended transit time), then they will be required to undergo a PCR test upon arrival.

Exemptions
According to the US embassy, starting June 19, travelers may show their original vaccine card showing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 instead of a negative PCR test. Travelers without vaccination or valid PCR results will be denied entry. However, please note that demonstrating your vaccination status from the UK is not currently formalised for entry into Kyrgyzstan, so you should follow alternative advice for entry into Kyrgyzstan by getting a negative PCR test.
Children under age 5 are exempt from testing or vaccination entry requirements.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
Although there is no formal requirement for quarantine, the authorities reserve the right to require travellers to self-isolate in their accommodation.
(Until further notice)
Other
Arriving passengers will undergo a temperature check and health screening at the airport.
(Until further notice)
OutboundSummary
• Are there any border restrictions? No
• Are there any exit restrictions? No
• Are there any testing requirements? no
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? No
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? No
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticSummary
• Is a state of emergency in place? No
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Yes/Restricted/Essential only/No
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? No
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? Yes
(Until further notice)
Other internal measures
- A mask mandate is in effect indefinitely.
- Bishkek city public transport operates on weekdays and weekends from 7:00 – 23:00.
- Restaurants, cafes and eateries are required to operate at reduced capacity.
- Night clubs and other venues for social gathering are to close until further notice.
(Until further notice)
Other internal measures
According to the US embassy, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic wants to remind foreign citizens that you may remain in the Kyrgyz Republic until the emergency situation ends without requiring an exit visa or extending your registration.
(until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Kyrgyzstan

COVID-19 information for Kyrgyzstan

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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The security environment is fragile, particularly in the south of the country. There is an underlying risk of social and ethnic unrest. Tensions between groups representing the south and north, ethnic tensions, persistent corruption and socio-economic grievances mainly relating to energy prices and inflation, as well as controversy over the future of the mining sector, constitute key drivers of instability; the country has already experienced two violent regime changes in 2005 and 2010, resulting in general lawlessness in the immediate aftermath.

The travel risks are heightened in the south (Batken, Osh and Jalal- Abad), and mobile workers should seek professional advice before travelling there. The security environment is poor due to persistent ethnic tensions, which have the potential to spill over into violence as in 2010, as well as periodic outbreaks of communal violence and border clashes with the security forces of neighbouring countries as a result of continued disagreement over the delimitation of significant parts of the frontier. Other issues that undermine the security environment include the risks posed by landmines in border areas, as well as poor infrastructure and limited availability of external assistance.

Elsewhere in the country, particularly in the capital Bishkek, crime – some of it violent – is the main risk to visitors on a day-to-day basis; levels are increasing in the capital. Demonstrations and other disturbances are common, can occur without warning and can escalate quickly. The security forces – many of whom are believed to be corrupt and involved in organised criminal activity – generally lack the capacity to contain disturbances, particularly those occurring in rural and southern areas.

Transport infrastructure is very poor. This, coupled with poor driving standards, poor road conditions and adverse weather conditions, particularly during the winter months (October-March), makes driving extremely hazardous. Avalanches and landslides frequently occur in Kyrgyzstan, especially during heavy snowfall in the winter and heavy rains and thawing in the spring, and frequently prompt the closure of the only highway connecting the main southern city Osh and the capital Bishkek.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Kyrgyzstan
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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