Health and safety
For short-term trips you should be immunised against polio, tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis A. For longer stays, Hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies are recommended. If you plan excursions into the forested mountains in the early summer months, there is a risk of a tick-borne encephalitis. Altitude sickness can occur above 2,500m (8,202 ft).
Safe eating and drinking
Tap water in towns is generally bacteria free but can have a high metal content. Therefore, bottled or boiled water is advisable. Milk is pasteurized and dairy products are safe for consumption. Only eat well- cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
Medical services offered to foreigners, except emergency care, require immediate cash payment and are
somewhat limited. First aid and small interventions can be provided in regional hospitals but for severe health problems it is advisable to get help in Bishkek. Embassies and we will assist you in finding English-speaking physicians. Medical insurance is strongly recommended.
Kyrgyzstan is generally a safe place to travel. The biggest risks in Kyrgyzstan are road traffic accidents or falling into an unprotected drain hole on the pavement. Pedestrians and bicyclists should be alert while crossing roads, as traffic will rarely follow signals, or even common sense. Be aware of stray animals and avoid approaching dogs. In bazaars, there may be pickpockets and thieves. At night there is an increased risk of robbery or aggressive behaviour. To avoid incidents travellers are advised not to walk but to use taxis which are cheap and can be ordered by phone. In the past there have been occasional reports of foreigners being approached by persons impersonating police and asking for documents in order to find an excuse to extort money (Osh market in Bishkek). When approached by a ‘policeman’ without uniform, try to simply walk on or to get help from a local person.