Visa policy of Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyzstan entry and exit stamps issued to a national of Singapore at Manas International Airport

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 62 nations.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Kyrgyzstan

Visa exemption[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following 62 nations are not required to obtain a visa for Kyrgyzstan up to the length of stay mentioned below:[1]

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.[11]

Visa on arrival[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following nations are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival valid for a maximum stay of 30 days at Manas International Airport:[1]

Holders of passports issued by the following nations are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival valid for stays longer than 60 days at Manas International Airport:[1]

2 – except Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania

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.[12]

Electronic visa[edit]

From 1 September 2017[13] 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).[14][15]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Kyrgyzstan were from the following countries of nationality:[16]

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

Transit visa in Russia[edit]

A transit visa is needed when travelling to or from Kyrgyzstan and changing plane in Russia.[17] Airports in Kyrgyzstan have flights to a few countries only. The most frequent international connections are with Russia.

See also[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[dead link]
  3. ^ Temir Sariev: Kyrgyzstan will not cancel previously introduced visa-free regime with 66 countries
  4. ^ Визовые и безвизовые режимы. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Republic
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Resolution of the Government on 4 June 2001 No.262 (in Russian)
  7. ^ "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"". Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  8. ^ Resolution of the Government of Kyrgyzstanc Republic on 21 July 2012 No. 121 (in Russian)
  9. ^
  10. ^ Was applied under Agreement between USSR and Hungary on 24 Nov 1978
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "Визовая информация /Visa Information – Кыргызская Республика". Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  13. ^ Sputnik. "С 1 сентября иностранцы смогут оформлять электронную визу в КР". Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  14. ^ "e-VISA". Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ Туризм в Кыргызстане
  17. ^ "Transit Visas". Embassy of the Russian Federation, The Netherlands. Retrieved 30 March 2018.