Registration and border zones
On November 1, 2016, the Kyrgyz Government announced new regulations requiring ALL foreigners present in the Kyrgyz Republic for more than five days to register with their district State Registration Service Office (Passport Desk).These new regulations come into force on November 4, 2016. On December 19, 2016, Kyrgyz authorities announced changes to this law that would now allow citizens from 92 countries to stay in the Kyrgyz Republic for varying time periods up to 90 days without registering. The good news is, that citizens of visa free countries may stay up to 60 days without registering. Citizens of Malaysia, Turkey and India should be registered with State Registration Service Office within 30 days after arrival. This new law went into effect on December 19, 2016.
List of countries
|Country||Number of Days Without Registration|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||60 days|
|Costa Rica||30 days|
|Czech Republic||60 days|
|El Salvador||90 days|
|New Zealand||60 days|
|San Marino||60 days|
|Saudi Arabia||60 days|
|South Africa||60 days|
|South Korea||60 days|
|Sri Lanka||30 days|
|United Arab Emirates||60 days|
Kyrgyzstan border zone permit
A number of areas skirting the border with China and Tajikistan have been deemed ‘sensitive’ by the government of Kyrgyzstan and a special permit is needed to visit them. This is costly and time-consuming, since a few of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan can be found inside these border zones. Border-zone permits are required for visiting some border zones but this generally only affects mountaineers climbing in the highest mountain areas.
Permits are required, however, for certain “border zones”. These zones include the areas around Khan Tengri, and the Enilchek glacier, The Ak-Sai valley and Lake Chatyr Kul near Torugart. For around US$30-50, travel agencies can usually get one for you. Applications can take anywhere from two days to a month depending on the agent. For Torugart, tourists are allowed to transit the border zone, if they have a valid Chinese visa, are going to China and are accompanied by the representative – a guide and/or driver – without needing a permit, but they still need a letter from both Kyrgyz and Chinese Travel Agencies. For trekking in the zone, however, a permit is necessary!
Border permits can take some time to arrange – so it is best to try and obtain them in advance. We can arrange this for you, if you are participating in on of our tours!
There are also a few closed zones to which Foreigners are not allowed — most notable around the Russian naval base at the Eastern end of Lake Issyk Kul