Safety and Security

For the latest information and advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office visit their website:
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/kyrgyzstan


Entry requirements

Although it is possible to obtain one-month entry visas on arrival at Manas Airport, you should for ease of entry get a visa before travelling to Kyrgyzstan. Contact the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in London. It is normally possible to have one-month visas extended for up to an additional two months whilst in country. You should check carefully the validity of your visa before travelling.
There is no longer an agreement allowing visas issued in another Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) country to be used to transit Kyrgyzstan. If you intend to visit two or more CIS countries you should contact the relevant countries' Embassies in London for advice before travelling.
British nationals staying for less than 60 days no longer need to register with OVIR (The Department for Visa and Registration under the Ministry of Internal Affairs).
Passport Validity
You must hold a valid passport to enter Kyrgyzstan. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of three months from the date of entry into Kyrgyzstan and must have at least one full blank page to affix the visa.
Travelling with Children
Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country.

Health

Medical facilities in Kyrgyzstan are not as developed as those in the UK. You should ensure that your medical insurance includes evacuation by air ambulance.

Malaria, tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, meningitis and brucellosis are common to Kyrgyzstan.

In 2008, 10 people (eight children and two adults) died of rabies in southern Kyrgyzstan.
In the 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic the UNAIDS/WHO Working Group estimated that around 9,700 adults aged 15 or over in Kyrgyzstan were living with HIV; the prevalence percentage was estimated at around 0.3% of the adult population compared to the prevalence percentage in adults in the UK of around 0.2%. You should exercise normal precautions to avoid exposure to HIV/AIDS. For more general information on how to do this see HIV and AIDS.

You should seek medical advice before travelling to Kyrgyzstan and ensure that all appropriate vaccinations are up-to-date. For further information on vaccination requirements, health outbreaks and general disease protection and prevention you should visit the websites of the National Travel Heath Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) and NHS Scotland's Fit For Travel or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

Health - Anthrax
There have been several cases of anthrax in Kyrgyzstan, mainly in the south of the country, due to insufficient measures to vaccinate animals.
For further health advice from the NHS:
Click NHS UK
http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(central)/kyrgyzstan.aspx

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