Health Alert –U.S. Embassy Bishkek March 21, 2020

Location: Kyrgyzstan

Event:  Kyrgyz Republic COVID-19 Update

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

The government of the Kyrgyz Republic has barred the entry of all foreign nationals to the Kyrgyz Republic.  U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with a travel agent to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  Local travel agents and companies are having better success in making flight reservations than individuals trying to work with the airlines directly.  Aeroflot Airlines via Moscow is the only international routing currently available for U.S. Citizens. Travelers are not required to have a transit visa for Russia if they are transiting through an international airport in Russia, do not leave the Customs zone, and depart from the same airport within 24 hours.

Travelers should note that Sheremetyevo Airport terminals D, E, and F include transit zones and do not require transit visas. If however, a passenger arrives at D, E, or F but departs from Sheremetyevo terminal C, a transit visa is required. Sheremetyevo terminal C is located six kilometers away from the other terminals.

On March 21, the Kyrgyz Security Council announced a one-month emergency regime starting March 22. Supermarkets and pharmacies will be open as usual. Restaurants will only deliver. Public transportation will be significantly reduced. Bishkek city residents are strongly encouraged to stay home and refrain from moving around the city.  The government also introduced additional restrictions on the work of educational, cultural and sports institutions, canceling all schools and universities and forbidding public gatherings.

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

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 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website, for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.
  • Check with the airlines regarding any flight cancellations and/or restrictions on flying.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
  • You will find information on medical resources in the Kyrgyz Republic here.


S. Embassy Bishkek

171 Prospect Mira
Bishkek 720016
Kyrgyz Republic
Telephone:+(996)(312) 597-000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(996)(312) 597-733
Fax: +(996)(312) 597-744

Kyrgyzstan Country Information

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