- Population » 6 million
- Languages » Kyrgyz, Russian
- Most of its six million people are Turkic-speaking Muslims.
- Religions » Islam, Christianity
- Life expectancy » 67 years (men), 75 years (women)
- Currency » som
- Area » 199,900 sq km (77,182 sq miles)
- A landlocked, central Asian state
- Border by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east.
- Can withdraw cash in both the Kyrgyzstani Som and U.S. dollars
- I read that few places in Central Asia accept Mastercard – need to confirm
- Tourist visa is not required for Canadians staying up to 60 days.
- For stays longer than 60 days, obtain a Kyrgyzstan’s e-visa – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan
- If you plan to stay in Kyrgyzstan for longer than 60 days, you must register at a State Registration Service Passport Desk (in Russian) within 5 work days following your arrival.
- The millennia-old city of Osh has an excellent market
- In Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan generally, offers the good value with its excellent and affordable homestay network.
- CBT Kyrgyzstan (Community Based Tourism Association) in each local can make arrangements
- On the Silk Road
- You may have horses for company as you overland in Kyrgyzstan
- To or from the Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan, use the border between Andijan and Osh
- The Tian Shan mountains, which surround the old caravan route and dominate the country, are home to snow leopards, lynx and sheep.
- In the south, the millennia-old city of Osh has a huge, busy bazaar that was once a stop on the Silk Road.
- Kyzyl-Art pass (Elevation: 4,336 meters – 14,226 feet) border crossing with Tajikistan.
- Used by the Wescotts in 2014.
This page was last updated on 2021.04.02 by Robert Vinet