Kyrgyzstan

Capital Bishkek

Population 6,047,800

Area 199,951 km2

Key facts

Kyrgyzstan is a country located in Central Asia. There are 4 countries (China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) that Kyrgyzstan shares its borders with. As for languages, the country's residents speak Kyrgyz and Russian. Traveling across Kyrgyzstan if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Kyrgyzstan was ranked 101st out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in Kyrgyzstan is Kyrgyzstani som (KGS). The som (лв) is subdivided into 100 tyiyn.

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 78.75 KGS and 1 USD is worth 80.18 KGS.

Kirghiz
Banknotes

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Kirghiz
Coins

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Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Kyrgyzstan is 54.01 Mbps and mobile is 31.94 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in Kyrgyzstan is close to the world average.41.81 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Kyrgyzstan, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Kyrgyzstan. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries.

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type F 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Kyrgyzstan?

There are no Mariott hotels in Kyrgyzstan.

There are no Hilton hotels in Kyrgyzstan.

There are no IHG hotels in Kyrgyzstan.

There are no Best Western hotels in Kyrgyzstan.

There are no Radisson hotels in Kyrgyzstan.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Kyrgyzstan.

What fast food chains are present in Kyrgyzstan?

Beshbarmak, Laghman, Kuurdak are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Kyrgyzstan. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Kyrgyzstan below.

The McDonald's chain does not operate in Kyrgyzstan.

The KFC chain operates in Kyrgyzstan.

The Burger King chain does not operate in Kyrgyzstan.

The Subway chain does not operate in Kyrgyzstan.

The Domino's Pizza chain does not operate in Kyrgyzstan.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Kyrgyzstan.

Weather

Today the sun in Bishkek, rises at 7:01 AM and sets at 6:38 PM. The climate of Bishkek may be categorized as a Humid continental (Dfb), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5OvercastLow: 9°C (48.2°F)High: 19.2°C (66.56°F)
ThursdayOct 6Partly cloudlyLow: 8.2°C (46.76°F)High: 21.3°C (70.34°F)
FridayOct 7Partly cloudlyLow: 8.4°C (47.12°F)High: 22.8°C (73.04°F)
SaturdayOct 8OvercastLow: 11.1°C (51.98°F)High: 25.1°C (77.18°F)
SundayOct 9OvercastLow: 9.4°C (48.92°F)High: 21.3°C (70.34°F)
MondayOct 10OvercastLow: 8.2°C (46.76°F)High: 17.7°C (63.86°F)

Weather data for Bishkek (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Kyrgyzstan.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are not available in Kyrgyzstan.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.3, Kyrgyzstan is placed 112th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Kyrgyzstan traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  240.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 12.70 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Kyrgyzstan

102 Police
101 Ambulance
101 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Inconsistent or only partially enforced smoke-free laws

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Kyrgyzstan?

Currently, citizens of 79 countries can enter Kyrgyzstan without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival. Please note that you may be needed to get an electronic visa before arriving.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Kyrgyzstan.

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