USEFUL TRAVEL INFORMATION

WHEN TO COME

The best months are June, July, August and September with sunny and warm weather. Those are also the months when the nomads are up on the high pastures.

HEALTH

No specific vaccines are required.

The tap water is safe in Bishkek, but in rural areas we recommend you drink only boiled water.

Refrain from petting or feeding stray animals as they can be aggressive and may carry rabies.

POLITICAL STABILITY & CRIME

Kyrgyzstan is considered politically stable, but you should avoid demonstrations. Terrorist attacks and abductions are unlikely to happen and no such activities were ever found in the past history of this country. However, you should be aware of pickpockets and avoid dark roads at night.

RELIGION

Islam is the dominating religion, although rarely practiced in a strict manner. Alcohol is available throughout the country and shorts can be worn without a problem. Women are not required to wear headscarves.

CLIMATE

Kyrgyzstan has a continental climate: very cold winters and hot summers. In July and August, temperatures can reach 40°C in the capital. But as soon as you leave the urban region the temperature drops quickly. At Issyk-Kul and in Arslanbob you can spend the day in shorts and T-shirt, but in the evening you need a warm sweater or a jacket. The weather is sunny most of the time. However, at Song-Kul you must be prepared for everything. The nomads like to say: “Here you can get all four seasons in one day.”

VISA

Most European countries are visa-free for 60 days. All other countries usually get a visa on arrival for about 70$.

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FOOD

The Kyrgyz cuisine is very nourishing with few vegetarian options. The most popular dishes are Manty (big dumplings filled with meat and onions), Lagman (handmade noodles with meat and vegetables), Plov (a traditional rice dish), Kuurdak (fried meat with potatoes) and soups. Salad is almost always available as a side dish. The local beverages are tea, Kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) and Maksym (fermented wheat).

CURRENCY

The local currency is the Kyrgyz Som which usually trades between 60 and 70 to the USD. ATMs can be found in most bigger towns and work with VISA. Some of them also accept MasterCard, but more seldom Maestro. Alternatively, you can easily exchange Dollars and Euros at any bank or exchange office.