Update on COVID-19 situation in the Kyrgyz Republic

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Departure Options

The Director of the Civil Aviation Agency of Kyrgyzstan confirmed that regular international commercial flights are likely to remain closed until the end of August.   Ad hoc charter flights will continue with flights operating occasionally to Dubai and Istanbul.  Please monitor the individual airlines websites or contact the airlines directly for any questions about ticket availability.

Note that as of August 1, 2020, all passengers, including transit passengers, traveling through Dubai will require a negative COVID-19 test certificate.  The test must be conducted for all passengers within 96-hours before departure, except for children under the age of 12 and passengers who have a moderate or severe disability.  You must bring a printed test certificate; a digital version on a phone will not be accepted.

U.S. Embassy Bishkek is aware that Bonetsky Laboratory may be able to perform COVID testing.  Please contact the laboratory directly to inquire about their testing capacity.

Bonetsky Laboratory

Reception: (312) 316074, 316333

Kyrgyz Republic Entry Travel Ban Remains in Place

Please note that the entry ban on foreign travelers remains in place.  Foreign travelers who hold a valid Kyrgyz work visa, or who have an immediate Kyrgyz relative  (spouse, parent, or child) and proof of relationship may be granted an exception.  All other travelers should not plan to travel to the Kyrgyz Republic at this time as you will be denied entry.

Government Actions

As of August 4, the following rules and limitations are in place for Bishkek:

  • Bishkek city public transport will now operate on weekdays from 7:00 – 11:00 and 14:00 – 23:00. Public transportation will still not operate on weekends.
  • Cafes and restaurants are open from 7:00 – 22:00
  • Markets will be open from 9:00 – 17:00
  • Bars, clubs, playgrounds, and other entertainment facilities remain closed.

Medical Resources

Local medical services in Bishkek are still limited.  Hospital beds are not readily available and doctors and nurses are in short supply.  This is true for both COVID and non-COVID medical care. American Citizens should keep this in mind, continue to shelter in place as much as possible, and wear masks and practice social distancing whenever in public.  The Republican Headquarters and the Ministry of Health have expanded the 24/7 hotline to provide consultations and arrange testing for those who are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms.  Dial 118 to reach the hotline.  Due to a lack of capacity, testing is now being done only on those who are experiencing symptoms.

Kyrgyz Visa and Registration Reminder

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

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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