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Resumption of Commercial Air Service
The Kyrgyz Republic Civil Aviation Authority and Manas Airport have announced that limited commercial air service will resume on June 15, 2020. Turkish Airlines plans to resume service on June 22, 2020 and both Aeroflot Airlines and FlyDubai also intend to resume flights in June. Please monitor the individual airlines websites or contact the airlines directly for any questions about ticket availability. The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic has not yet announced what restrictions will be imposed on incoming travelers.
Kyrgyz Visa and Registration Update
The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic announced that foreigners may remain in the Kyrgyz Republic until July 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 July 1, 2020. Also, the Visa Service Center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now open and foreign citizens may call or visit to office to address their visa questions. (10 Togolok Moldo Street, Bishkek, +312-66-30-70, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Registration Service have confirmed to the embassy that foreign citizens who need to extend their registration to stay in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic will have ten business days to complete registration after the emergency situation is ended. The terminology can be confusing; please note that while the State of Emergency has been lifted, Kyrgyzstan remains officially in an emergency situation. Only after this period ends will American citizens need to visit a registration service center.
Kazakhstan Temporarily Suspends Visa-free Travel
The Kazakhstani Government has suspended a previous decree which had allowed citizens of the United States, as well as some other countries, to enter and stay in Kazakhstan for 30 days visa-free. This suspension is in place until November 1. While the border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan is currently closed for all passenger transit, this could have consequences once international travel resumes. U.S. citizens will not be able to travel into Kazakhstan, or transit through, without a visa.
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 email@example.com
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.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website, for the most up-to-date information regarding enhanced screening procedures.
- 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 travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- You will find information on medical resources in the Kyrgyz Republic here.