|Getting in and out|
"Aeroflot" operates direct flights to Moscow, "British
Airlines" currently flies from London to Bishkek. "Turkish Airlines"
also flies to Bishkek from London, Paris, Brusseles, Amsterdam with a stopover
in Istanbul. There are also direct flights to Tashkent (Uzbekistan) operated
by "Uzbekistan Airlines" and Urumchi in China operated by "Xinjang
Airlines". In addition, there is a number of direct flights from Europe
to Almaty, in neighbouring Kazakhstan. The connection from there to Kyrgyzstan
is via frequent bus or taxi services to Bishkek (travel time - 4 hours). Other
European airlines flying direct to Almaty include "Lufthansa" from
Frankfurt on Main and "KLM" from Amsterdam.
International flight duration to/from Bishkek
|Frankfurt on Main||6 hours|
|Tel Aviv||5 hours 30 minutes|
|Brusseles/Amsterdam||6 hours 30 minutes|
|Paris||6 hours 30 minutes|
Bishkek Manas Airport (FRU) is 40km (24 miles) north of Bishkek. There is a minibus shuttle service to the city centre when the airport is open (travel time - 60 minutes). Taxis are available. Facilities here open 24 hours and include: exchange offices, duty-free shops, restaurants and bars. Airport is served by buses, which run every hour. It takes 30-60 minutes to reach the destination. Taxis are readily available, travel time is 20-25 minutes.
There are rail connections with the Russian Federation (travel time to Moscow is 3.5 days) and with other Central Asian republics. It is possible to connect to China through Almaty in Kazakhstan; and to Iran and the Middle East via Turkmenistan. Railroad services are cheap comparing to western standards but not exactly reliable and comfortable.
Kyrgyzstan has road connections to all its neighbours. The main international road links are with Kazakhstan and there are presently two crossing points into China, Torugart and Irkeshtam; visitors should note that the Chinese authorities normally require proof of an invitation by a Chinese tour operator as a condition of entry. Generally, main roads have good conditions. Note that the road to Osh can be affected by landslides during spring in the mountain areas, while winter may cause hazardous conditions on a number of roads crossing over mountain passes, some of which may be closed during certain periods; visitors should also note that garage services are very limited outside the cities and towns. If you are going to travel with your own car, please contact your local Embassy first to get further information and additional details you might need to know crossing the borders in Central Asia.
Travel times (by car) and distances from Bishkek
Distance in km
|Almaty/Almaty airport||250/270 km||
|Balykchi (Issyk-Kul)||175 km||
|Song-Kul||360 km over Kochkor/332 km over Suusamyr||
|Talas||300 km over Suusamyr/385 km over Djambul||
|Torugart pass||550 km||
There are coach services to all of the neighbouring countries. There are regular bus links from Bishkek to Tashkent (Uzbekistan) (travel time - 10-12 hours), Almaty (Kazakhstan) (travel time - 6 hours), Kashgar in China (travel time 20-24 hours), Moscow, Ekaterinburg and further to Europe; services leave the long-distance "West" bus station in Bishkek.
Please note that the only legal places where you can cross the border is at a designated post - which means that now it is not possible to follow the trekking routes over the mountains from Issyk-Kul to Almaty in Kazakhstan which were popular in Soviet times.
It is possible to hire the car with driver for long journeys with us.
The following goods may be imported into Kyrgyzstan by travellers of 16 years or over without incurring customs duty: 1000 cigarettes or 1000g of tobacco products; 1.5l of alcoholic beverages and 2l of wine; a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use.
Note: On entering the country all valuable items such as currency, jewellery, cameras and computers should be declared. Customs declaration form must be retained until departure.
Prohibited imports: Firearms, military weapons, ammunition, drugs, photographs and printed matter directed against the country, live animals, fruits and vegetables.
Prohibited exports: All prohibited imports, Items more than 100 years old and those of special cultural importance require special permission for export. When buying items that may be more than 100 years old, ask for a certificate stating the age of the items. Precious metals, stones, furs, saiga horns, Siberian stag, red deer antlers and deer skins, arms and ammunition are also prohibited unless on organised hunting trip.