Visa policy of Kyrgyzstan

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Visitors to Kyrgyzstan must obtain a visa from one of the Kyrgyzstan diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or countries whose citizens are eligible for a visa upon arrival.[1][2] Despite proposals to abolish the visa-free regime, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan vowed to retain the current policy in December 2015.[3]

Kyrgyzstan currently gives visa exemption to citizens of 69 nations.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Kyrgyzstan

Visa exemption[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following 69 nations are not required to obtain a visa for Kyrgyzstan up to the length of stay mentioned below:[1][4]

Indefinite stay

1 – provided being permanent residents of country of nationality.
2 - may enter with a national ID card
3 - may enter with an internal passport

90 days
60 days
30 days

Additionally only holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Morocco, Serbia and Turkmenistan can visit Kyrgyzstan without a visa.

Visa waiver agreement for diplomatic and service passports was signed with  Chile on 10 November 2017 and is yet to be ratified.[12]

Visa on arrival[edit]

Citizens of the following countries and territories are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival valid for a maximum stay of 30 days at Manas International Airport:[1]

Citizens of the following countries and territories are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival valid for stays longer than 60 days at Manas International Airport:[1]

In addition, holders of passports issued by  Taiwan can obtain a visa on arrival provided holding a pre-arranged landing visa invitation.[1]

Visa replacement[edit]

Nationals of the following countries who hold valid tourist visas of Kazakhstan are able to visit the border districts of Issyk-Kul, Talas and Chui regions of Kyrgyzstan within the validity of such visa: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States.[13]

Electronic visa[edit]

From 1 September 2017[14] citizens of all countries and territories may apply for tourism, business and group tourist types of visa for 30 or 90 days online through the eVisa system. Electronic visa holders must arrive via Manas or Osh airports or through land crossings with China (at Irkeshtam and Torugart), Kazakhstan (at Ak-jol, Ak-Tilek, Chaldybar, Chon-Kapka), Tajikistan (at Bor-Dobo, Kulundu, Kyzyl-Bel) and Uzbekistan (at Dostuk).[15][16]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Year Visitors[17]
1992—1994
No data
1995
Increase 36,000
1996
Increase 42,000
1997
Increase 87,000
1998
Decrease 59,000
1999
Decrease 48,000
2000
Increase 59,000
2001
Increase 99,000
2002
Increase 140,000
2003
Increase 342,000
2004
Increase 398,000
2005
Decrease 319,000
2006
Increase 766,000
2007
Increase 1,656,000
2008
Increase 2,379,000
2009
Increase 2,451,000
2010
Decrease 1,224,000
2011
Increase 3,025,000
2012
Increase 3,393,000
2013
Increase 4,134,000
2014
Decrease 3,791,000
2015
Increase 4,000,000
2016
Decrease 3,853,000
2017
Increase 4,568,000
2018
Increase 6,900,000[18]
Total (1995—2018) More 43,770,000

Most visitors arriving to Kyrgyzstan were from the following countries of nationality:[19]

Country 2017 2016 2015 2014
 Kazakhstan Increase 1,833,900 Decrease 1,787,100 Decrease 1,989,200 Decrease 1,998,500
 Uzbekistan Increase 479,600 Increase 150,700 Decrease 60,900 Decrease 125,900
 Russia Increase 471,400 Decrease 431,000 Increase 528,700 Decrease 447,700
 Tajikistan Increase 250,900 Increase 169,500 Increase 117,600 Decrease 79,300
 Turkey Increase 54,300 Increase 36,800 Increase 36,100 Increase 33,000
 China Increase 39,500 Increase 36,600 Increase 35,800 Decrease 29,900
 India Increase 19,600 Increase 11,400 Increase 7,600 Increase 4,200
 United States Increase 14,200 Decrease 13,900 Increase 19,200 Decrease 14,300
 Germany Increase 13,100 Decrease 11,100 Increase 16,700 Increase 15,200
 South Korea Increase 13,100 Increase 10,300 Decrease 7,000 Increase 10,500
 Azerbaijan Increase 8,500 Increase 8,100 Increase 5,300 Increase 3,700
 Ukraine Decrease 8,200 Increase 141,300 Increase 133,600 Increase 5,800
 France Increase 7,500 Increase 2,900 Increase 5,800 Decrease 5,100
 United Kingdom Increase 6,900 Decrease 6,600 Increase 6,900 Increase 4,400
 Georgia – 5,700 Increase 5,700 Increase 2,500 Increase 1,800
Total Increase 4,666,500 Decrease 4,147,420 Decrease 4,335,200 Decrease 4,418,600

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Olympic Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ Visa Requirement, Consular Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archived 2013-12-17 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Temir Sariev: Kyrgyzstan will not cancel previously introduced visa-free regime with 66 countries". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Визовые и безвизовые режимы. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Republic". Archived from the original on 2017-12-07. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  6. ^ a b c d At applied in international law the principle of "silent consent" on the continued application of international obligations up to the signing of and accession to new international instruments
  7. ^ Resolution of the Government on 4 June 2001 No.262 (in Russian)
  8. ^ "Закон КР от 19 июля 2013 года № 153 "О внесении дополнения в Закон Кыргызской Республики "О введении безвизового режима для граждан некоторых государств сроком до 60 дней"". cbd.minjust.gov.kg. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  9. ^ Resolution of the Government of Kyrgyzstanc Republic on 21 July 2012 No. 121 (in Russian)
  10. ^ http://www.mfa.gov.kg/news/view/idnews/5263
  11. ^ Was applied under Agreement between USSR and Hungary on 24 Nov 1978
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ "Визовая информация /Visa Information – Кыргызская Республика". kyrgyzembassy.ru. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  14. ^ Sputnik. "С 1 сентября иностранцы смогут оформлять электронную визу в КР". ru.sputnik.kg. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  15. ^ "e-VISA". evisa.e-gov.kg. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  16. ^ [3]
  17. ^ "International tourism, number of arrivals: Kyrgyz Republic". data.worldbank.org. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  18. ^ "В 2018 году Кыргызстан посетили 6,9 млн. человек – на первом месте Узбекистан". kabar.kg. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Туризм в Кыргызстане - Архив публикаций - Статистика Кыргызстана". www.stat.kg. Retrieved 17 June 2019.