Ask a COVID-19 Question
Last updated: 4/26/21
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at email@example.com and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Embassy Bishkek advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to the Kyrgyz Republic.
- Medical services have struggled to provide adequate care for serious cases of COVID-19. The healthcare system in the Kyrgyz Republic faces limitations and adequate care may not be available everywhere. United States citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic should continue to follow CDC recommendations for preventing infection.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- The Ministry of Health provides free testing only for symptomatic patients. For those requiring a negative PCR test for travel, state laboratories in Bishkek and Osh can provide tests for a fee (approximately $20), depending on testing capacity. Private COVID-19 testing is also available for a fee ($30) at Bonetsky Laboratory or Aqualab. Please contact the laboratory directly to inquire about their testing capacity. All four labs deliver results via email and include a QR-code to verify the authenticity of the test results.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of the Kyrgyz Republic approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in the Kyrgyz Republic for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in the Kyrgyz Republic? Sinopharm, SputnikV
- According to Kyrgyz Republic authorities Sinopharm is now available at government clinics for all those who wish to receive it. SputnikV is available only for those over 65 and those with chronic conditions.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic lifted the entry ban on U.S. citizen travelers on December 4, 2020. United States citizen travelers may now enter the country via international airports in Bishkek, Osh, and Issyk Kul. Note that travel across land borders for U.S citizens is not permitted at this time.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Kyrgyzstan now requires travelers to have negative PCR test results, with the test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival into Kyrgyzstan. Travelers without valid PCR results will be denied entry. If your PCR test expires en route due to flight delays or cancellations you will be required to test again upon arrival at your own expense.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Limited 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. Flights are frequently cancelled with little notice.
- 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
- Appointments are available for all American Citizen Services on a bi-weekly basis. Click here to make or cancel an appointment for passport services, consular report of birth abroad, or notarial services.
- Only limited and emergency visa services are offered at this time.