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Travelling to Kyrgyzstan under COVID restrictions

Dear traveler,

After running programs for over a year under the constraints of the COVID epidemic, here is our latest news.

Kyrgyzstan has reopened the borders for tourists from all over the world!

Therefore, you are very welcome again to come and discover the nature and culture of our mountainous country.  

Air borders and land borders are again open with Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. They are still closed with Tajikistan and China.

The visa policy we had before the pandemic still holds. We would like to remind that the travelers from France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Luxembourg and many other countries can take advantage of a 60-days visa-free regime. The e-visa system takes place in many countries (please, check here: http://www.evisa.e-gov.kg/get_information.php?lng=en)

Nevertheless, there are still some questions need to be answered:

How to get to Kyrgyzstan?

3 times per day flight Istanbul – Bishkek : Turkish Airlines, this is probably the safest company providing the best service with the most convenient schedule

Every day flight Istanbul – Bishkek and 3 times per week to Osh: Pegasus Airlines, the cheapest option

6-times-a-week flight (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun) Moscow – Bishkek : Aeroflot, an alternative to Turkish Airlines

Every day flight Dubai – Bishkek :Fly Dubai.

What are the conditions for entering Kyrgyzstan?

Tourists must be wearing masks during their flight and in airport terminals. In case of any COVID-19 symptoms the airport authorities will detain this person and people who were flying and standing next to this person for further medical examination. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated will have to show their NEGATIVE PCR test that were taken less than 72 hours before arrival in Kyrgyzstan. It must be written in English or in Russian. 

What if I have to cancel my trip at the last minute?

Considering the current situation in the world, it may happen (positive COVID-19 test, flight cancellation etc.). The first thing you need to do in this case is to inform Nomad’s Land about it. Any amount of money that have been paid before as a prepayment will not be taken from you for nothing. It will stay with us until you have an opportunity to come again. We are 100% flexible. You are free to claim your prepayment back at any time you wish. We will do that, but we are not covering the bank transfer fees. As for the international flights, there is now a travel insurance that covers COVID-19 risk. Ask your organization for details.  

How the COVID-19 pandemic affects the travels to Kyrgyzstan?

Here at Nomad’s Land we have implemented some rules for personal hygiene and social distancing to protect our client, our partners and ourselves. We have worked out the health protocol in accordance with recommendations of our authorities and adapted it to our activity with our guides. However, every traveler is as unique as our trips to Kyrgyzstan and that’s why we would like to stay 100% flexible in order to adapt to your health protocols. Your rules will be our rules as long as they correspond to rules of Kyrgyz authorities. 

As for the trips, they will stay as unique as they were before the pandemic. There will be no changes in itineraries, homestays or in anything else in program. Everything will remain the same as it was before. No any other surprises, even as for the prices. Everything that were confirmed before will not be changed. However, we are staying at your disposal if you wish to make some changes in your program. 

Museums, touristic places and other activities are open for travelers. Our guides, drivers and local families will be glad and ready to greet you in our country. 

What will happen in case of getting infected with COVID-19 during your trip?

We would like to work with you to work out the actions that must be taken in this case, but there are some common rules which we must follow:

  • Isolation of the infected person from the group and keeping the other people in the group under strict supervision the following days.
  • Taking the infected person back to Bishkek and isolating him or her in private hotel room.
  • At the same time, we contact the Embassy and following their instructions.
  • We will ask the infected person to contact his or her insurance company (we will help to do that).

What is the process of returning back to my country?

Each country has its own rules, but we will try to prepare everything you need to get back to your country:

  • We will help you to fill all the documents you need
  • Organize the PCR test in private laboratory (at your expense)
  • Any other help if you face some problems with accommodation, tickets etc.

Summer time is the most popular time to visit Kyrgyzstan, but remember that winter has its own advantages in terms of activities. We are staying at your disposal for any further information or request for a travel program.


 

Visa for Afghanistan

Tourist Visa

Tourist visas are granted to all foreign nationals who intend to visit Afghanistan for tourism or for visiting their friends and family. Tourist visas are valid for 3 months with a single entry. The period of stay in Afghanistan 30 days within the validity period. All visas for Afghanistan are issued on a valid passport. We do not issue visas for travel document holders.

How to Apply

In Person

  1. Prepare the required documents
  2. Book an appointment online

 By Post

  1. Prepare and post the required documents
  2. Include a pre-paid return envelope to return your documents back to your address
  3. Attach a Postal order

What documents you need to apply

  1. Duly completed and signed Visa Application Form
  2. One standard passport size photo
  3. Valid Passport
  4. Proof of Address in the UK
  5. Itinerary from a registered travel agency in Afghanistan including details of flights, accommodation addresses and places you will be visiting (If applicable). 
  6. Invitation letter (if applicable)
  7. Personal statement explaining the purpose of the visit and confirming the risks involved in travelling to Afghanistan.  

Fees

£140.00 (Single entry visa with 3 months validity 30-day Stay)

(We do not accept cash payments- CARD ONLY)

Processing Time

  •   7 working days

Important Information

  • Tourist visas are not extendable and non-convertible
  • All fees paid for the visa application are non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of the application. The validity of the visa begins from the issue date of the visa

Instruction for tourists in China

Identity checks
The police carry out random identity checks. If you are unable to provide proper identification, you risk a fine or detention.

Always carry adequate identification documents, such as your passport and visa or valid residence permit; Keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place in case you lose it or have it confiscated. If your passport is lost or stolen, go to the nearest police station or Public Security Bureau to report the incident and get information on the visa replacement procedure.

If you renew your passport while in China, you must promptly register your new passport with the authorities. If you don't, you risk a fine.

Alcohol
In mainland China and Macau, there are no restrictions on the consumption of alcohol that is over the counter. However, the state of intoxication is punished in the event of disturbing public order and indecent or unethical acts (several cases of foreigners imprisoned for one to three days have been reported). In Hong Kong, the sale of alcohol is prohibited to those under the age of 18.

Photography
Local regulations must be observed under penalty of prosecution. Taking photographs is prohibited in the vicinity of official enclosures, in particular military sites, as well as on certain sites (which may not be marked). It is also limited in places of worship.

Drone
Importing drones requires a prior customs declaration. Drones must be registered with the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration. It is important to inquire about the regulations regarding their use as there are many local restrictions.

GPS
The use of GPS has become widespread in China, where many cars are equipped with it. The recording of geographic coordinates in sensitive or restricted areas is, however, prohibited and liable to fines or even arrest.

Political / activist activities
Any political / militant activity should be abstained at the risk of exposing oneself to heavy sanctions (imprisonment, deportation, ban on returning to China).

antiquity
The removal of any antiquity from the territory is prohibited.

Uses and customs
It is recommended to adopt an attitude and dress respectful of local customs. Covering outfits are preferred.

Means of payment
The means of payment must be kept in a safe place. It is also strongly recommended that you have sufficient cash on your person and separately to deal with loss or theft of means of payment. The provision of cash (Western Union, money order for example) is only possible on a bank account opened in China (personal account or account of a third party).

Instruction for tourists in Kazakhstan

Laws and customs
You must comply with local laws.

Identity checks
Identity checks are common, and police arrest visitors who do not have identification documents on them. Always carry a photo ID with you as well as a certified copy of your visa and registration.

Store your passport and visa in a safe place.
Leave a photocopy of your travel documents with a loved one.
Keep a digital copy of your ID and travel documents.

Car driving
You must have an international driving license.

Illegal and regulated activities
A zero tolerance policy applies to drinking and driving.
Possession, use and trafficking of narcotic drugs are punishable by prison terms and heavy fines.
The importation of prescription drugs is restricted.

Visitors who photograph military installations and government buildings face penalties. Before taking pictures, get permission from local authorities.

Religion
Kazakhstan is a secular state, but the practices and beliefs of Islam are widespread there. It is in the rural areas that they are most faithfully respected. Dress and behave with common sense and discretion, and respect religious and social traditions so as not to offend the locals.

LGBTQ2 travelers
Although Kazakhstan's laws do not prohibit same-sex sexual acts, homosexuality is not socially accepted.

LGBTQ2 travelers should carefully consider the risks of traveling to Kazakhstan.

Cash
The currency is the tenge (KZT).

Generally, you have to pay in cash. It is illegal to use a foreign currency for financial transactions.

Travelers' checks are rarely accepted outside of large hotels with international clients. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in urban areas. Euros and US dollars can be changed at approved exchange offices. All US banknotes must have been issued after 1995 and be in good condition. When you cross the border, you must declare any cash over US $ 3,000.

There are many ATMs in Almaty and Nur-Sultan, and there are more and more of them in urban centers across the country. Only certain ATMs accept debit cards that use the Plus system.

Instruction for tourists in Turkmenistan

Here is some useful information before traveling to Turkmenistan.

Pictures :
It is strictly forbidden to photograph buildings considered to be strategic, as well as the guards assigned to their protection (eg: presidential palace, ministries, airports, military or police installations, etc.).

Before taking any pictures, it is best, as a courtesy, to make sure that there are no particular restrictions by talking to the police and guards on the streets and near official buildings.

Uses and customs:
Turkmenistan is a secular state where Sunni Islam, the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church are legally registered.

It is recommended to adopt an attitude respectful of local customs and to keep in mind that cultural differences can lead to an erroneous interpretation of certain behaviors.

Currency:
The USD / Turkmen manat exchange rate is fixed: 1 USD = 3.50 new manats.

It is advisable, before entering Turkmenistan, to bring dollars in cash, preferring recent banknotes in good condition. It is possible to change money at official exchange points, hotels, banks, as well as some stores. However, it is very difficult to change euros.

International vending machines are rare in Turkmenistan. It is only possible to withdraw money with an international card at the following locations (with a commission).

The use of bank cards as a means of payment is very limited (outside of hotels). Payments are usually made in manat, with the exception of hotel rooms and airline tickets (USD). Entrances to museums and historic sites are to be paid in dollars for non-residents.

Money transfers are possible via Western Union.

Tourism development in Turkmenistan is still limited and infrastructure is still scarce.

History of Pakistan

Pakistan's rich history encompasses the Indus Valley region. The region served both as fertile ground for a great civilization and as a gateway from South Asia to Central Asia and the Near East.

Located on the first coastal migratory route of Homo sapiens outside Africa, the region was inhabited early on by modern humans. The 9,000-year history of village life in South Asia dates back to the Neolithic site (7000-4300 BCE) of Mehrgarh in Pakistan, and the 5,000-year history of urban life in South Asia to the various sites of Indus Valley civilization, including Mohenjo Daro and Harappa.

The millennia that followed saw the region of present-day Pakistan absorb many influences, Buddhists represented among others in the ancient Buddhist sites of Taxila and Takht-i-Bahi, the 14th century Islamic-Sindhi monuments of Thatta and by the Mughals of Seventeenth century. In the first half of the 19th century, the region was appropriated by the East India Company, followed, after 1857, by 90 years of direct British rule, and ended with the creation of Pakistan in 1947, thanks to efforts, among others, of its future national poet Allama Iqbal and its founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Since then, the country has experienced both civil-democratic and military rule, which has resulted in periods of significant economic and military growth as well as periods of instability; An important event during the latter was the secession of East Pakistan as a new nation from Bangladesh when it lost the war against India in 1971.

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