Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Kyrgyzstan on the TravelHealthPro website.
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are regular flights to and from Kyrgyzstan, operated by a range of airlines. Tickets are available online and at local travel agents. However, there may be reduced flights on some routes. Check with your airline or travel agent on status of flights to Kyrgyzstan before travelling. During the winter months flights can face significant delays in Bishkek due to low visibility from fog.
Check with your airline for any Coronavirus restrictions, and for information about Coronavirus restrictions at the airports you’re transiting through. Please note that if you are transiting through a red list country you will still be required to follow the rules for entering the UK from a red list country. You can find more information on transiting a red or amber list country on gov.uk. You should check the relevant travel advice pages before travelling.
You can find further information on returning to the UK from Istanbul on the Travel Advice page for Turkey.
You can find further information on returning to the UK from Dubai on the Travel Advice page for the UAE.
You can find further information on returning to the UK from Moscow on the Travel Advice page for Russia.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Kyrgyzstan.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.
When you return, you must follow the rules for entering the UK.
You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should check that the test result can be provided in the correct format and language.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Kyrgyzstan
Inter-regional public transport services are operating. Transport providers may have additional hygiene requirements. You should check with your transport provider before travel. In Bishkek, public transport and taxi services continue to operate as usual.
Public places and services
Businesses and public spaces in Kyrgyzstan have now reopened. Businesses may be following additional hygiene and sanitary requirements. You should comply with hygiene and social distancing requirements.
Local authorities may introduce new restrictions if the Coronavirus situation deteriorates. You should follow local government announcements and media reporting for further information.
Taxi services and city public transport are able to operate as normal. Internal flights between Bishkek, Osh, Jalalabad and Batken are operating, though with a reduced service.
Face covering requirements
Some businesses and other organisations need visitors to wear a face mask. You should comply with any additional screening measures and other restrictions.
Accommodation including major hotels are operating as usual. You should check in advance with your accommodation provider and comply with any additional screening measures and other restrictions.
Healthcare in Kyrgyzstan
If you’re unwell and suspect you have symptoms of Coronavirus you can call Kyrgyzstan’s medical hotline (118, 112 or 103), or the hotlines of local medical services.
Private laboratories are offering COVID-19 testing for people who are not showing symptoms of Coronavirus. Both PCR and antibody tests are available.
To find out more information on local medical care and obtaining medication in Kyrgyzstan, see Health.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Kyrgyzstan
We will update this page when the Government of Kyrgyzstan announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Kyrgyzstan national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using Sinopharm, Sinovac,Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The Government of Kyrgyzstan has stated that British nationals resident in Kyrgyzstan are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. Further information on the vaccination programme is available on the Government of Kyrgyzstan Ministry of Health website (Russian language only). Updates are published on the government of Kyrgyzstan official COVID 19 telegram channel (Russian and Kyrgyz language only). Alternatively contact your local healthcare provider for more information on vaccination availability in your area. Booster vaccinations are now available. There is information on which vaccinations can be used in conjunction with one another for booster shots on the Kyrgyz government’s COVID telegram channel (Russian and Kyrgyz only), you should check with your local medical provider on eligibility.
If you are vaccinated in Kyrgyzstan you can get a proof of vaccination certificate with a QR code through the government of Kyrgyzstan website (Russian language only). You will need your ID document and full name.
The government of Kyrgyzstan have warned of scams claiming to provide vaccine certificates for people who are unvaccinated.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Kyrgyzstan, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
For the latest information on new measures introduced by the Kyrgyz government, see the Kyrgyz government official website, and the Coronavirus response team telegram channel (Russian and Kyrgyz only).