Update on COVID-19 situation in the Kyrgyz Republic

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 10/16/20

Country-Specific Information:

  • Local medical services in Kyrgyzstan are available but hospitals are starting to fill to capacity. We are currently seeing a surge in cases across the country.  American Citizens should continue to shelter in place as much as possible, and wear masks and practice social distancing whenever in public.  Bars, clubs, movie theaters, and other indoor entertainment facilities remain closed.  Large gatherings are currently prohibited.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No.
    • Please note that the entry ban on U.S. citizen travelers remains in place. Despite some exceptions to the ban announced by the Kyrgyz government  for the below categories, even travelers who meet one of the exceptions have been denied entry and deported.  Meeting one of the exceptions is not a guarantee that you will be permitted entry.  S. citizen travelers should not plan to travel to the Kyrgyz Republic at this time as you are likely to be denied entry.
    • Exceptions may be given for:
      • S. Citizens who hold Kyrgyz permanent residency;
      • Those who hold a valid Kyrgyz work visa;
      • Those who have an immediate Kyrgyz relative (spouse, parent, child, or grandchild) and proof of relationship (original documents only, no copies)
      • University students (with visas and original proof of enrollment).
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
      • Kyrgyzstan now requires travelers to have negative PCR test results dated no more than 72 hours before arrival into Kyrgyzstan. Travelers without valid PCR results will be denied entry.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • 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. U.S. citizens whose visas or registration are expired will not be required to pay a fine or obtain an exit visa upon departure while the emergency situation persists. The Visa Service Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is closed for in person visitors but open for phone or email consultation at +312-66-30-70, e-visa@mfa.gov.kg

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

 

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

COVID-19 Testing:

  • The Ministry of Health is testing only symptomatic patients. Private COVID-19 testing is available for a fee at Bonetsky Laboratory. Please contact the laboratory directly to inquire about their testing capacity.  Bonetsky Laboratory: intelmed.kg.  (312) 316074, 316333

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Irregular special commercial flights continue with flights operating to Dubai, Istanbul, and Moscow. Please monitor the individual airlines websites or contact the airlines directly for any questions about ticket availability.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • Bishkek city public transport operates on weekdays and weekends from 7:00 – 23:00.
  • Masks are required on public transit.

Fines for Non-Compliance:  N/A

Consular Operations:

  • Appointments are available for most American Citizen Services Mon-Wed on a bi-weekly basis.  Please send an email to consularbishkek@state.gov to schedule an appointment.

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