Kyrgyz Som = 100 tyin. Bank notes are in denominations of Som 5000,
1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. And newly introduced coins in denominations
of 1,3 and 5 som plus 50, 10 and 1 tyin which hardly can be used anywhere.
There is nothing easier than to change money in Kyrgyzstan. Foreign
currencies can be exchanged at banks and at authorised exchange offices which
located in abundance in Bishkek, Osh and Issyk-Kul area. The US Dollar and Euro
are the easiest currencies to exchange. Other currencies can be changed in banks.
US Dollars and Euros in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 are concidered to be
a brass and therefore very often have low rate of exchange, while 50 and 100
Bills banknotes are exchanged at normal rate.
Credit & debit cards
Out side of Bishkek the acceptance of credit/debit cards is very
limited. In Bishkek credit cards are accepted in some of the major hotels, restaurants
and cafes, some shops and major travel and tickets agencies. Facilities exist
for credit-card cash withdrawals in Bishkek, Osh, Karakol, Cholpon Ata. Check
with your credit or debit card company for merchant acceptability and other
services which may be available.
There is limited acceptance of these, "Bakai Bank"
in Bishkek accept travellers cheques; commission charges are about 3,5%.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of foreign currency,
provided declared on arrival and departure the ammounts equivalent to 3000 USD.
Note! Banking hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00. All banks are closed Sat-Sun.