Information for the foreign citizens
on tourism and investment opportunities of the Kyrgyz Republic
The Kyrgyz Republic is developing trade and economic ties with 121 states of the world trade community, the 70 countries of them are the World Trade Organization’s members.
Trade process with the CIS countries is based on bilateral Free Trade Agreements concluded among the Kyrgyz Republic and the CIS countries. The agreements provide tradingopportunities without customs duties, taxes and charge, having effect equivalent to the quantitative restrictions.
There are a number of specific factors and the reasons due to investors prefer the Kyrgyz Republic to other countries in Central Asia,wishing to maximize profits and reduce the risk.
The main ones are: a liberal trade regime, a comprehensive investment protection, protection against the risk of double taxation, the unlimited export of capital and profits, free exchange of currencies, low business costs, a skilled workforce, and direct access to the authorities.
In recent years, the Government of Kyrgyzstan has taken significant measures to establish favorable investment climate and create conditions for attracting investments into the country. For these purposes, in 2014 the government established the Agency for Investment Promotion under the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, which gave substantial support and assistance to investors in the country.
Great attention in investment opportunities paid to the country’s tourism industry since tourism is one of the priorities of the economy of the Kyrgyz Republic.
For the development of the industry the Government amended legislative acts on visa-free regime with 61 countries, allowing to receive more than 2.5 million tourists a year.
Priority areas of tourism in the Kyrgyz Republic
In the development of international tourism benefits of the Kyrgyz Republic in comparison with the other countries of Central Asia are expressed as follows:
• Environmentally friendly, unspoiled and unique nature landscape of the highlands, give the chance to develop mountain skiing, rafting, trekking;
- Сonsiderable resources for Speleotourism. Today in Kyrgyzstan explored more than three hundred caves, each of them linked to any legend or tradition;
• Diversity of natural and climatic, historical and cultural resources of the country allows to create a huge amount of the tourist product, aimed at different cost, duration, comfort level, accommodation facilities, age, form of consumption, etc.;
• Relatively small size of the country allows usingof several regions at the same time in providing of tourism product;
• Historical perception of the country in association with the Silk Road, and support of Tours along the Silk Road by the World Tourism Organization;
• Wealth of the Kyrgyz culture by nomadic traditions and hospitality of the Kyrgyz people;
• Development of cooperation between the public and private sectors in promoting the tourism opportunities of the Kyrgyz Republic.
At present time the priorities of tourism in the Kyrgyz Republic are:
- Resort and recreation tourism
- Mountain-adventure tourism and mountaineering (alpinism)
- Cultural and educational tourism
- Event tourism
- Medical tourism
Information for Foreign Citizens on entry/exit and stay
in the Kyrgyz Republic
According to the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic “On external migration” foreign citizens and stateless persons enter the Kyrgyz Republic and exit from the Kyrgyz Republic through the checkpoints on the state border, open to international traffic by valid documents and visas, unless otherwise provided by legislation of the Kyrgyz Republicand entered into force international treaties in accordance with the lawof which the Kyrgyz Republic is participant.
Functioning checkpoints on the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic:
Kyrgyz-Kazakh border area
– “Akzhol – road”, international, 24 hours
– “Aktilek – road”, international, 24 hours
– “Tokmok – road”, two-way, 24 hours
– “Kenbulun – road”, two-way, 24 hours
– “Kaindy – train”, international, 24 hours
– “Chaldybar – road”, international, 24 hours
– “Chonkapka – road”, international, 24 hours
– “Karkyra – road ”, international, seasonal (May-October), during daytime.
Kyrgyz-Chinese border area
– “Torugart – road ‘, international, during daytime
– “Irkeshtam – road ‘, international, during daytime
Kyrgyz-Uzbek border area
– “Madaniat – road”, international, 24 hours
– “Dostuk – road”, international, 24 hours
– “Kensai – road”, international, 24 hours
Kyrgyz-Tajik border area
– “Kulundu – road”, international, 24 hours
– “Bor-Dobo – road”, international, 24 hours
– “Kayragach – road”, two-way, 24 hours
– “Kyzyl-Bel – road”, international, 24 hours
– “Karamyk – road”, two-way, during daytime
Citizens of foreign countries for whom visa-free regimeis provided (Law of the Kyrgyz Republic dated by July 21, 2012 № 121 “On the introduction of a visa-free regime for citizens of some states within 60 days”), mayenter, exit, transit, move and stay in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic without a visa by one of the valid documents.During their stay in the Kyrgyz Republic citizens of foreign countries are exempted from the registration of identity documents,if their stay in the Kyrgyz Republic does not exceed 60 days (for the citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan – 90 days).
For foreign nationals, who are subject to a simplified visa regime (Resolution of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on February 7, 2009 № 87 “On approval of the list of foreign states, citizens of which are subject to a simplified visa regime”), have the right to enter, exit, transit, move and stay on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic on a visa obtained at the personal treatment upon arrival at the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Entry to the border zone
In accordance with the Resolution of the JogorkuKenesh on March 6, 2013 № 3889-V «On decree of the state bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic to develop tourism” the State Border Service (SBS) in accordance with the earlier achieved agreement with the Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators provides permit to the border zone for tourists (having a valid visa of the Kyrgyz Republic) and employees of travel agencies(with supporting documents) – without a permit issued by the State Registration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic,according to the lists certified by the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic (the notice) within one working day.
In other aspects, the State Border Service is guided by the Decree of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on May 15, 2004 № 362 “On the establishment of the border regime in the border area and the border strip of the Kyrgyz Republic.”
Entry to the border strip
Permission to enter the border strip and the border zone in the presence of permits, the State Border Service is considering within one working day.
More detailed information about the rules of entry/exit and stay of foreign citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic, with the agreement on mutual trips of citizens is available on the website of the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic www.border.gov.kg
The checkpoints also has information panels in three languages (Kyrgyz, Russian and English) with a telephone hotline operating round the clock and foreign citizens can send their complaints and comments on the actions of border guards on the above mentioned web site.
On customs registration of goods
across the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic
In accordance with the Instruction on the movement of goods and vehicles across the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic by individuals, approved by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic dated 31.12.2004 № 976 (hereinafter – Instruction),customs clearance of goods while moving across the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic by individuals is carried out using a general tariff and non-tariff measures of regulation and taxation.
Goods intended for personal use by individuals, moved by these individuals across the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic in a simplified preferential right in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Code of the Kyrgyz Republic. Such goods undergo customs clearance without the use of non-tariff measures of regulation and taxation.
According to paragraph 2.1 of Instruction foreign individuals with permanent residence outside of the Kyrgyz Republic, when crossing the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic may temporarily import under preferential simplified procedure, with exemption from customs duties, the goods needed to these individuals for their personal use on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic in accordance with the established list.
At the checkpoints on the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic are installed boards in English, Russian and Kyrgyz languages, which contain all the necessary information.
On safety of foreign citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic
Safety of tourists in the period of preparation and holding of “tourist season” in the Kyrgyz Republic is provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic (MIA).
During the tourist season, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic will set mobile traffic police posts from a fixed post “Kordai” to “Bishkek-Balykchy-Cholpon-Ata-Karakol”.
Furthermore, during the tourist season, police officers of the Kyrgyz Republic will be assigned according to the approved deployment of posts only in patrol cars with the indication of telephone hotlines in the back of the car, which are equipped with video recorders and radar installations (Vizir) having functions of photo and video fixation.
Additional information in the following link: “Invest in the Kyrgyz Republic”