Update on COVID-19 situation in the Kyrgyz Republic

The Kyrgyz Ministry of Health confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Kyrgyz Republic.

View U.S. Embassy Bishkek’s most recent health and security alerts here.

On March 24, The government of Kyrgyzstan announced a State of Emergency in the cities of Bishkek, Osh, and Jalal-Abad, Nookat and Kara-Suu Districts of Osh Oblast, and in the Suzak District of Jalal-Abad Oblast for the period from 08.00 a.m. on March 25 to 08.00 a.m. on April 15, 2020. The State of Emergency includes a full curfew from 8pm to 7am. Outside of curfew hours, residents may leave their homes only to obtain groceries or medical care or to visit a pharmacy or bank. You are required to carry a form of identification, and a written routing form. The routing form must include your full name, phone number, reason for being outside, home address and time of departure, and destination address and time of return. Government checkpoints have been set up on roads leading in and out of the areas under the State of Emergency.

Departure Flights

The U.S. Embassy has received information from both the Russian Embassy in Bishkek and Aeroflot Airlines that there are no longer any international flights operating out of Bishkek that are available for American citizens. The Moscow-JFK flight route was suspended as of 30 March, and there are no more onward flight connections to the US from Russia.

U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States and have been unable to do so are encouraged to send an email to consularbishkek@state.gov and provide your name, passport number, and contact email and phone. We will use this information for direct communication with you if further flight information becomes available.

Kyrgyz Visa Update

On March 28, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic announced that foreigners may remain in the Kyrgyz Republic until May 1, 2020 without requiring an exit visa. U.S. citizens whose visas are expired will not be required to pay a fine or obtain an exit visa upon departure before May 1, 2020. This measure was implemented due to the difficulty for foreign citizens to depart the Kyrgyz Republic on time as a result of the restrictive travel measures as well as the temporary suspension of international flights due to the spread of COVID-19.  For more information, please review the official announcement of this measure at the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic’s website, https://www.gov.kg/ru.

Entry Restrictions:

The government of the Kyrgyz Republic has barred the entry of all foreign nationals to the Kyrgyz Republic. There are no longer exceptions for foreign nationals with close Kyrgyz relatives. Domestic flights have also now been completely suspended.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure from any diplomatic or consular post in the world of US personnel and family members who have been medically determined to be at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak the Peace Corps have evacuated all their Volunteers from Kyrgyzstan.

Effective March 26, U.S. Embassy Bishkek has suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please send an email to consularbishkek@state.gov

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

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