Health Alert –U.S. Embassy Bishkek March 26, 2020

Location: Kyrgyzstan

Event:  Kyrgyz Republic COVID-19 Update

State of Emergency

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 Flight Options

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. The most recent information from Aeroflot is that this flight will run once a week, with the next planned flight on April 5.

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.

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.

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

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.