Asian Borderlands Research Network

Visa and Travel

VISA

Please see below the list of countries eligible for visa-exempt entry.
Conference participants who are not eligible for visa-exempt entry must apply for a visa at the nearest Kyrgyz Embassy, Consular Office or via an e-visa. For more information on an e-visa.

Everyone can use the e-visa system, but please note that passport holders of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan must put China in their application. E-visa holders must arrive via Manas International Airport, Osh Airport or the Korday border on the Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan border.

Those conference participants who need formal invitations for funding or visa applications should write to CASI at casiaucakggmail.com

Countries eligible for visa-exempt entry:
Azerbaijan; Armenia; Belarus; Cuba; Georgia; Kazakhstan; Laos; Moldova; North Korea; Russia; Tajikistan; Vietnam
 
The nationals of the following countries are eligible for visa-exempt entry for 90 days:
Malaysia; Mongolia; Turkey; Ukraine
 
The nationals of the following countries are eligible for visa-exempt entry for 60 days:
Australia; Austria
Bahrain; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brunei Darussalam
Canada; Croatia; Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland; France
Germany; Greece
Hungary
Iceland; Ireland; Italy
Japan
Kuwait
Latvia; Lithuania; Liechtenstein; Luxemburg
Malta; Monaco
New Zealand; Norway
Poland; Portugal
Qatar
Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland
The Netherlands
United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom of Great Britaina and Northern Ireland; United States of America; Uzbekistan
Vatican
    
More detailed information in Russian is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://mfa.gov.kg/contents/view/id/216 or visit for  English information for example the following website https://caravanistan.com/visa/kyrgyzstan/   

TRAVEL
Manas International Airport is the main airport of Kyrgyzstan and is located 25 km away from the city center. The airport operates 24 hours and meets the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization. It is connected with international hubs such as Istanbul – Ataturk, Moscow – Domodedovo and Moscow – Sheremetyevo with daily flights. Please find here a table with the main airline connections to Bishkek.

Taxi from Manas airport to Bishkek will cost you around $10.  Please turn to the Information Desk at the airport to arrange a taxi to Bishkek, avoid negotiations with free-lance taxi drivers.
 
Taxi options in Bishkek
There are a lot of taxi companies in Bishkek.  Many official taxis have a meter that will be turned on as soon as your journey begins. The ride from downtown to AUCA will cost you around $3.

Here are the most popular taxi companies in Bishkek:
SMS Taxi
Short number: 1236
0551 06-1236, http://smstaxi.kg/

Jorgo Taxi
Short number: 2022
0550 33 2022, http://jorgo.kg/

Udacha Taxi  
Short number: 154, http://udacha.tvoe.taxi/

Express Taxi
Short number: 156

Alfa Taxi  
 0312 579999

Public transportation
Bishkek has an extensive network of mini-buses, known as marshrutkas. They generally cost KGS10 (KGS12 at night).

Go to the http://bus.kg/ to find out which mini-bus number you should take or download the free Android app to use offline on your mobile phone.

The following marshrutkas go to AUCA from Dostuk Hotel:  172, 180, 151, 117.
 
Currency exchange
Som (KGS) is a national currency of Kyrgyzstan.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and at authorized exchange offices (usually they work 24/7). The US Dollars is the easiest currency to exchange.