Asian Borderlands Research Network

Visa and Travel


On the conference registration form you can indicate the need for a visa support letter. It is also possible to write directly to the AUCA conference secretariat for formal invitations for funding or visa applications at

Visa at the embassy/consulate
If you will apply for a visa on arrival or at the embassy or consulate, note that the AUCA will need to apply for a visa code for you at the Department of Consular Services, before you can submit your visa application. Please note that there is a US$ 10 fee for obtaining the visa code in addition to the visa fee at the embassy. The issuing of the visa code will take some time and therefore you are requested to inform us before 15 June whether you would need a visa support letter.

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
Finland; France
Germany; Greece
Iceland; Ireland; Italy
Latvia; Lithuania; Liechtenstein; Luxemburg
Malta; Monaco
New Zealand; Norway
Poland; Portugal
Saudi Arabia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland
The Netherlands
United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; United States of America; Uzbekistan
More detailed information in Russian is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: or visit for  English information for example the following website   

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. Air Manas also direct flight connections to several cities (e.g. Delhi).

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,

Jorgo Taxi
Short number: 2022
0550 33 2022,

Udacha Taxi  
Short number: 154,

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 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.