Is it safe to travel to Kyrgyzstan and worth?
COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan
The government has lifted almost all restrictions related to Coronavirus prevention including travel restrictions. Borders have been opened and anyone can travel to Kyrgyzstan by air or land. To travel to Kyrgyzstan a negative PCR test from no more than 72 hours before your arrival by air or 120 hours by land is needed. If 72 hours expires due to travel delay, one should take the PCR test upon arrival to Kyrgyzstan.
Upon arrival, you will be tested for temperature, and if you are showing symptoms of Coronavirus, you will be asked to follow state medical facilities or self-isolation at home.
Mandatory entry requirements to Kyrgyzstan:
Where to take the COVID-19 PCR Test in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan?
PCR test in Bishkek can be taken in two laboratories: Bonetsky’s Laboratory and Aqua.
Please note that the PCR must be up-to-date, valid within 72 hours including the time of your arrival at your destination. You must have a negative PCR test for coronavirus both prior to arrival and departure from the country.
In Bonetsky’s laboratory if you take the test before 10 a.m. you can get the results before 9 pm the same day. If you take the test after 10 am, you will receive results the next day.
The address where take the PCR test and get the results:
Working hours: 7 am – 5 pm
How do I get a PCR test in Karakol?
It is possible to get a PCR test at the Boneckiy Laboratory. But you can’t make an appointment in advance. You have to come early and take a queue. PCR test costs 30 euro.
They are open 07.30-17.00 Monday-Friday.
You can get the results via e-mail.
Is it safe to travel to Kyrgyzstan and worth traveling?
Answering this question, we would definitely say that it is worth visiting Kyrgyzstan. There are many reasons to visit the country especially in 2021. Few examples:
- Despite the fact that Kyrgyzstan has become the most popular destination in Central Asia before, after the pandemic, the number of visitors to Kyrgyzstan is negligible. If you wanted to see original Kyrgyzstan without a crowd of tourists and immerse yourself in the world of nomads, then you have very big opportunities now. All hotels, hostels, beaches, mountain huts, mountain trails, and yurt camps are completely empty.
- In this regard, that there are almost no vacationers, it has become even cheaper to travel.
- It is difficult for us to say, to be honest, how safe it is to travel in Kyrgyzstan in comparison with countries with more developed medicine, but we believe that Kyrgyzstan has never been traveled to the crowd in bars and restaurants. People travel to Kyrgyzstan to hike, see nomadic people, and so on. In small towns like Karakol, it has always been and will be safer.
Also, the long crisis in connection with the pandemic and so on in the country has led to the fact that in Kyrgyzstan the opposition policy has become more active. And now, the country elected the fifth president of the country, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. And as citizens of this country, we can say that Kyrgyzstan remains the most democratic and open country in Central Asia. In any case, we urge you not to hesitate to visit Kyrgyzstan.
We look forward to seeing you!