Skip to main content

Info

Bus stations in China

Unlike flights and trains in China, bus tickets tend to have more availability, giving you the flexibility to change your itinerary at a moment’s notice. You don't need to bought a bus ticket earlier than a day in advance.  Chinese buses often run at a higher frequency than flights in China or trains. Most of the time you don’t have to worry about booking in advance because there will be a bus between two cities that runs at least once every hour, if not more. Compared to Chinese airports and train stations, security at a bus station is a breeze. You can arrive at a bus station any earlier than 30 minutes before my departure and you will still end up waiting for 15 minutes.
Most of the time, Chinese bus stations are located in the heart of a city as opposed to airports and train stations which are usually on the edge of town. This can not only save you time, it also saves you the expense of a taxi into town. 
Generally speaking, there are two basic kinds of buses in China: the seated bus and the sleeper bus. Sleeper buses also usually have A/C, an entertainment system and heating, although it all depends on the age of the bus you’re riding. Beds are priced higher for the top bunk than the bottom bunk in a sleeper bus.
With the exception of small towns, most cities in China have a number of different bus stations scattered around.

Often, bus stations are categorized by which direction their buses head (north, south, east or west). Others by which specific city or region they service.

You may to have an official form of ID (your passport) in order to purchase bus tickets. Once your ticket is bought, you can’t transfer this ticket to anybody else without returning it and buying a new one.

Basic information about Pakistan

Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world's fifth-most populous country, with a population exceeding 225.2 million, and has the world's second-largest Muslim population. Pakistan is the 33rd-largest country by area, spanning 881,913 square kilometers. It has a 1,046-kilometer coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south, and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China to the northeast. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor in the north, and also shares a maritime border with Oman.

Capital Islamabad
33 ° 41′30 ″ N 73 ° 03′00 ″ E
Largest city Karachi
24 ° 51′36 ″ N 67 ° 00′36 ″ E
Official languages : Urdu and English
Regional languages ​​Punjabi (39%) • Pashto (18%) • Sindhi (15%) • Saraiki (12%) • Balochi (3%) • Hindko (2%) • Pothwari (1%) • Brahui (1%) • Kashmiri (0.17%)
Ethnic groups :
44.7% Punjabis
15.4% Pashtuns
14.1% Sindhis
8.4% Saraikis
7.6% Muhajirs
3.6% Balochs
6.3% Others
Religions:
96.47% Islam (official) 
2.14% Hinduism
1.27% Christianity
0.9% Ahmadiyya
0.02% Others

Government Federal parliamentary constitutional republic:
• President : Arif alvi
• Prime Minister: Imran khan

Legislature Parliament
• Upper house: Senate
• Lower house : National Assembly

Independence from the United Kingdom
• Dominion : 14 August 1947
• Islamic Republic : 23 March 1956
• Last polity withdrawn : 12 January 1972
• Current constitution : 14 August 1973


Area
• Total : 881,913 km2 (340,509 sq mi) (33rd)
• Water (%) : 2.86
Population
• 2021 estimate
Increase 225,199,937 (5th)
• 2017 census : Increase 207.8 million
• Density : 244.4 / km2 (633.0 / sq mi) (56th)
GDP (PPP) 2021 estimate
• Total: Increase $ 1.110 trillion  (26th)
• Per capita: Increase $ 5,839 (139th)
GDP (nominal) 2021 estimate
• Total: Increase $ 296 billion (43rd)
• Per capita: Increase $ 1,543 (159th)

Currency Pakistani rupee (₨) (PKR)
Time zone UTC + 05: 00 (PST)

Mains electricity 230 V – 50 Hz
Driving side left 
Calling code +92
ISO 3166 code PK
Internet TLD .pk

Yurta

Yurta is a small dwelling, decorated with hand-made felt carpets and strips. Having its routes at ancient Turkic tribes yurta took all the best from many centuries' experience of people. Kyrgyz tribes, occupied with nomadic cattle-breeding in mountains, worked out the best type of transportable dwelling that is easily disjointed, moved on pack animals and again set.

Yurta consists of wooden construction and felt cover.

Latticed sliding walls (kerege) consist of separate links. They define sizes of yurta. From the external side kerege are covered with mats, made of cheegrass stalk. It lets air the dwelling and the same time keep it from wind and dust.

Sphere roof of yurta is made of sharp-cut bend from one side poles - uuk. By one side, where bend is, they are fixed in the upper part of wall basis, by other side they are set to the wholes in tunduk - wooden circle at the top of yurta.

Yurta is covered by felts of different types. That are tunduk jabuu, tuunduk, uzuktor. Felt cover is connected with its frame by narrow woven and leather stripes. The cover of tunduk is moveable and the hole for smoke is easily opened in the morning and closed in the night with help of long lassos. The doorway is covered with felt or woven ornamented curtain.

Yurta can be set in 1 hour.

Internal and external sides of yurta are rich decorated with different ornamented items made of felt, applications, braided patterned fringe, multicolored tassels (chachyk) and patterned braid (terenchek boo).

During the years not only yurta but its interior has changed. Right side of the yurta was considered women's part (epchi jak). Here colored bags with felt applications, clothes, head-dresses, jewelry, needle work of mistress and pottery were kept. Place for food was separated with screen from ornamented mat (chygdak).

Place in the opposite of entrance was considered honorary (tor). At this part of the wall there was the row of trunks where rarely used patterned carpets were laid. The more carpets - the richer people living in the yurta. At the floor of the yurta only the best carpets - ala-kiyiz were put, then shirdaks, and on them - narrow quilts (toshok) or fur lays - koldolosh. Tor was the centre of yurta. It was place for the most honorary guests. "When you are the guest, don't sit to tor". If the person more honorary than you will come, than the master will tell you "Give place to him!". And you will have to give place before all the guests. So when you are guest, take less honorary place. And the master of the house will come and tell: "Respected, please, go to tor", then your authority will go up before everybody"). Before sitting guests they were put the kind of table-cloth - dostarkhan. In the middle of the yurta they burnt the fire and cooked the meals. It is called kolomto. Rich people cooked their dishes in special yurtas - ashkanas. Poor people lived in smoked small yurtas (boz ui, kara ui), where they kept not only their utilities (bed, pottery), but in the cold time of the year - new born calves and lambs.

In yurta people are always surrounded by comfortable carpets, woven and embroidered covers, blankets and pillows and other utilities often made by mistress herself. Materials that she needs are felt, fleecy cloths, fur, textile, cheegrass, the main graphic is color and ornament.

The coloring of Kyrgyz national cloths, carpets, embroideries is saturated and cheerful. It's composed of strong, contrast colors, where warm colors - red and brown prevail. In the past masters used natural colors. Ornament has its origin from far Bronze epoch, but gradually it was improved and expanded. Its elements were taken from flora and fauna that were surrounding the nomadic people. The main motif of Kyrgyz ornament was curl "kochkor" - stylized ram's horn. Sinuous line with rhythmically placed curls is named "kyal" - "dream", "fantasy". It also reminds the branch of flourishing tree.

Visa for Mongolia

Foreign national must be provided with a Mongolian visa valid to pass or enter the territory of Mongolia, passport or another valid travel document recognized by the Mongolian authorities. The visa application must include the following documents:

Visas are issued within 7 calendar days from the day of presenting all documents. Documents are accepted with a visa support letter from the Diplomatic-consular service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia. Mongolian visa is not required for the citizens of below listed foreign countries and regions to visit Mongolia on basis of the passport type, purpose and duration of the visit in accordance with the Bilateral Agreement of Mongolia with those countries:

  • USA ( Not required for up to 90 days or multiple entry-exit visa is required for duration of 2-10 years),
  • China (Not required),
  • Malaysia Israel, Cuba, Thailand, Turkey, South Korea, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary (Not required for up to 30 days)
  • Philippines (Not required for up to 21 days)
  • Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia (Not required for up to 14 days)
  • Macao, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Kirgizstan, Moldavia, Tajikistan, India, Vietnam, Czech, Slovakiа, Brazil, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Chile, North Korea, Laos (Not required for up to 90 days)

Visa for Kazakhstan

In general, all foreign nationals are required to have business or tourist visas to enter Kazakhstan. To obtain a Kazakhstan visa foreign citizens should apply to a Kazakhstan diplomatic/consular institution in their country of residence.

Documents required for the Kazakhstan visa:

The passport should not expire earlier than six months after the validity term of the requested visa. Other necessary documents will be determined by the consul at the time of application.

Visas are issued within 7 calendar days from the day of presenting all documents. Documents are accepted with a visa support letter from the Diplomatic-consular service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In order to get single entry official, private, tourist or business visa to Kazakhstan at the Embassies of Kazakhstan, nationals of the following countries do not need letter of invitation (Kazakhstan visa support): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Germany, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Singapore, the USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, France.

Citizens of some countries are eligible for visa free entry to the Republic of Kazakhstan for the period of up to 90 days (depending on the country). According to the new decree of the government, there is a list of countries whose citizens may visit Kazakhstan for the period of up to 15 days due to temporary cancellation of visas until the end of 2017.

Visa for China

1. According to bilateral agreements, citizens of some countries (List of Agreements on Mutual Visa Exemption between the P.R. China and Foreign Countries) holding appropriate passports may enter China without a visa. 

2. Citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan holding ordinary passports may enter China without a visa through the ports of entry open to foreigners provided that they come to China for tourism, family visit, business or transit, and intend to stay in China for no more than 15 days. However, the following personnel of these three countries must apply for a visa in advance if:
(1) They are holders of ordinary passports, and come to China for tourism, family visit or business, and intend to stay more than 15 days;

(2) They are holders of ordinary passports, and come to China for study, employment, permanent residence or on a news reporting mission; and

(3) They are holders of Japanese diplomatic and service (official) passports (according to the bilateral agreements, the diplomatic and service passport holders of Singapore, Brunei can stay in China for no more than 30 days without a Chinese visa). 

3. Foreigners holding ordinary passports of the countries having diplomatic relations with China and on a tour to Hong Kong or Macao, and participating in group tours to the Zhu Jiang (Pearl River) Delta Area for a stay of no more than 6 days organized by the travel services legally registered in Hong Kong or Macao do not need to apply for a visa. The Zhu Jiang Delta Area refers to the administrative area of the following cities: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, and Huizhou. For going on a tour to Shantou, the aforementioned group is required to stay within the administrative area of Shantou and leave China from there directly. 

4. Foreigners who have confirmed onward tickets and seats on international flights and directly transit through China and stay for no more than 24 hours within the airport boundaries do not need to apply for a transit visa. However, anyone desiring to go beyond the airport boundaries temporarily should obtain permission from the immigration authorities at the airport. 

5.Citizens of 51 countries with valid international travel documents and air tickets for a connecting flight with confirmed date of flight and seat for a third country (region) can apply for the 72-hour transit visa exemption at ports of entry in Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport,Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport,Shenyang Taoxian International Airport,Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport,Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport,Guilin Liangjiang Airport,Kunming Changshui International Airport,Xi’an Xianyang International Airport, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Haerbin Taiping International Airport, Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, and Tianjin Binhai International Airport.

6. Citizens holding ordinary passports of the following 21 countries and on a group tour (minimum of five persons) to Hainan Province for a stay of no longer than 15 days, organized by international travel services approved by the National Tourism Administration of China and registered in Hainan Province, do not need to apply for a visa: Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Citizens holding ordinary passports of the following three countries and on a group tour (minimum of two persons) to Hainan Province for a stay of no more than 21 days, organized by international travel services approved by the National Tourism Administration of China and registered in Hainan Province, do not need to apply for a visa: Republic of Korea, Germany and Russia. 
 

7. Foreigners holding a valid Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Card of the PRC or Residence Permit for Foreigners in the PRC may enter China without a visa.
 

8. Foreigners holding an APEC Business Travel Card may enter China without a visa.

Visa for Turkmenistan

How it works:  
All foreign nationals are required to have Visa to visit Turkmenistan. Tourist Visa can be issued based on Letter of Invitation (LOI) approved by the Migration Service of Turkmenistan on the basis of application submitted to them by a licensed tour operator in Turkmenistan.
Letter of application will be submitted by Nomad's Land not earlier than 2 months before the date of planned entry to Turkmenistan and not later than 20 days before arrival of our guests. 
The application result is usually known within 10-15 working days (about 2-3 weeks) after such application has been submitted. 
With printed and approved copy of your LOI, you can then receive your Visa at the nearest Embassy of Turkmenistan abroad; as well as at most land borders on arrival including the international Airport of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat city.
Where to apply for Turkmenistan Visa?
Travellers may apply for a visa at any Turkmenistan embassy or consulate abroad or obtain it directly at the Turkmen land border at Farab (Bukhara, Uzbekistan), Shavat (Khiva, Uzbekistan), Khojeyli (Nukus, Uzbekistan); Gaudan (Bajgiran/Mashhad, Iran), Bekdash (Aktau, Kazakhstan). Visa is not issued at the land borders of Serakhs (Iran), Serhetabat (Afghanistan) and Turkmenbashy (the Caspian Sea Port).


Ready to apply? Next steps…
In order to apply for your LOI, we will need:
•    Digital copy of color scan of your passport (Main page with personal information and Photo)
•    Digital copy of your Photo (sized 5x6), 
•    And filled application form (Sample will be provided)


We arrange Letter of Invitation (LOI) on basis of a tour booked with us. 
Together with your data, we obligated to attach information regarding your route, indicating places that you will visit throughout the tour, and exact dates and points of your entry/exit. 
It means that we have to customize your Turkmenistan itinerary first. You are always welcome to contact us for further information. We offer variety of high quality tours with relatively different costs, and will be happy provide you with all necessary informational support in short space of time.

 

Please note that immigration fee (14 USD per person, paid in USD only upon arrival on border) and cost of Visa itself (55 – 155 USD) Citizenship dependent (paid in USD only upon arrival on border or at nearest Embassy of Turkmenistan) will be charged extra!
 

Visa for Tajikistan

On June 1 2016 the new portal for issuance of electronic visas “e-Visa”, (https://www.evisa.tj) which enables foreign citizens willing to enter the country with tourist or business visas to complete the electronic application and receive the electronic visa without visiting consulate representatives of Tajikistan abroad, commences its operation.

The passport holders of the following nationalities (countries) are eligible to enter Tajikistan without visa.

  • Afghanistan- with Diplomatic passports up to 30 days
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan- for diplomatic, official and the ordinary passports up to 90 days
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russian Federation
  • North of Korea - for diplomatic, service passports
  • South of Korea - for diplomatic, service passports up to 90 days
  • China- for diplomatic, official and service passports of common mission up to 30 days
  • Brunei-Darussalam- for diplomatic, service passports up to 14 days
  • Hungary- for diplomatic and service passports up to 90days
  • Romania- for diplomatic and service passports up to 90days
  • Pakistan- for diplomatic passports up to 90days
  • India- for diplomatic and service passports up to 30 days
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran- for diplomatic and service passports up to 3 months
  • Turkmenistan- for diplomatic passports up to 30 days
  • Ukraine - for diplomatic, official and the ordinary passports up to 3 months
  • Uzbekistan- for diplomatic passports up to 30 days

Tajikistan Visa Application requirements:

  • Letter of Invitation (LOI), also referred as Visa support letter;
  • Valid passport (be sure that you have 2 clear pages for visa and entry/exit stamps and passport should not expire rather than 6 months before expiration of visa);
  • Two completed application forms;
  • Passport-size colour photo (3,5 * 4,5);
  • Receipt on payment of state duty and consular fee;
  • Petition of the tourist organizations which are licensed to do tourist activities;
  • For those traveling to GBAO or Pamir region, it is required to submit a letter stating that the applicant is requesting a permit to enter the mentioned area.

Consular fee for urgent services is equal to 100% of the original price of visa.

Price of visas through e-visa portal : Tourist's visa fee is $50 - GBAO Permit : $20 

Important note: Tajik visas are not more delivered at airports.

Visa for Uzbekistan

All foreign nationals except citizens of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, France (30 days), Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine, are required to have business or tourist visas to enter the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Before application for the tourist visa, foreign nationals need to obtain Uzbekistan visa support, in the form of a Letter of Invitation (LOI), from a licensed travel agency in Uzbekistan. Citizens of Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Switzerland and Japan do not need LOI, but they can be requested to obtain LOI, if they obtain Uzbekistan Visa outside of their country of citizenship. All travelers are suggested to contact in advance Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate, where they are planning to obtain their tourist visa, for latest requirements.

It is possible to obtain a visa at the international arrivals lounge of Tashkent International Airport, if both of the following conditions are met:

There is no Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate in the country, where you are originating your flight to Uzbekistan,
Connecting flight to Uzbekistan, in the country where Uzbekistan Embassy or Consulate exists, does not provide enough time to obtain a visa.

Uzbekistan Visa Application requirements:

  • Uzbekistan Visa support, also referred to as Letter of Invitation (LOI);
  • Valid passport (be sure that you have enough pages for visa and entry/exit stamps);
  • Completed application form;
  • 1 passport-size photo;
  • Fee, payable on collection of visa;
  • Stamped, self-addressed envelope, if applying by post;
  • Evidence of purpose of a visit;
  • Confirmation of hotel reservation and details of stay.

You can download the official visa application form for applying tourist visa at evisa.mfa.uz
This application form is valid for all Uzbekistan Embassies and Consulates.

Visa for Kyrgyzstan

To get information about last update, you can click here 

Applying for a visa

1. The citizens of the countries listed below intending to visit Kyrgyzstan (by air or by land) up to 60 days do not need to obtain entry visa to Kyrgyzstan:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Bahrain
  4. Belgium
  5. Bosnia and Herzegovina (up to 90 days)
  6. Brunei-Darussalam
  7. Canada
  8. Croatia
  9. Czech Republic
  10. Denmark
  11. Estonia
  12. Finland
  13. France
  14. Germany
  15. Greece
  16. Hungary
  17. Iceland
  18. Ireland
  19. Italy
  20. Japan
  21. Kuwait
  22. Latvia
  23. Liechtenstein
  24. Lithuania
  25. Luxembourg
  26. Malta
  27. Monaco
  28. Netherlands
  29. New Zealand
  30. Norway
  31. Poland
  32. Portugal
  33. Qatar
  34. Saudi Arabia
  35. Singapore
  36. Slovakia
  37. Slovenia
  38. South Korea
  39. Spain
  40. Sweden
  41. Switzerland
  42. United Arab Emirates
  43. United Kingdom
  44. United States of America
  45. Vatican

The citizens of the countries listed above, traveling to Kyrgyzstan for the period more than 60 days are required to obtain the visa in any Embassy of Kyrgyzstan.

 

2. The citizens of the countries listed below can obtain the visa (for the period not more than 90 days) on the basis of the personal application in any Embassy of Kyrgyzstan or at Manas airport without an invitation letter:

  1. Albania
  2. Andorra
  3. Argentina
  4. Brazil
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Chile
  7. Cyprus
  8. Indonesia
  9. Israel
  10. Macedonia
  11. Montenegro
  12. Mexico
  13. Philippines
  14. Romania
  15. Sultanate of Oman
  16. San Marino
  17. Serbia
  18. Republic of South Africa
  19. Thailand
  20. Venezuela

 

3. The citizens of the countries listed below enjoying non-visa/partial visa regime

A. Citizens holding any type of passport of the following countries are exempt from visa requirement to enter Kyrgyzstan:

  1. Azerbaijan Republic
  2. Republic of Armenia
  3. Republic of Belorussia
  4. Georgia
  5. Republic of Kazakhstan
  6. Korean Democratic People’s Republic
  7. Republic of Cuba
  8. Malaysia (with official and tourist purpose up to one month)
  9. Republic of Moldova
  10. Mongolia (up to three months)
  11. Russian Federation
  12. Vietnam
  13. Republic of Tajikistan
  14. Turkey (up to one month)
  15. Ukraine (up to three months)
  16. Japan
  17. Republic of Uzbekistan (up to two months)

 

B. Citizens holding diplomatic and official passports of the following countries are exempted from visa (up to one month):

  1. Republic of Hungary
  2. People’s Republic of China
  3. Turkmenistan
  4. Republic of Uzbekistan (up to two months)
  5. Slovakia
  6. Republic of Korea
  7. Islamic Republic of Iran
  8. Islamic Republic of Pakistan

 

C. Citizens holding diplomatic passports of following countries are exempted from visa requirement to enter Kyrgyzstan:

  1. Republic of Austria
  2. Kingdom of Belgium
  3. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  4. Hellenic Republic
  5. Kingdom of Denmark
  6. Republic of Island
  7. Kingdom of Spain
  8. Italian Republic
  9. Canada
  10. Luxembourg
  11. Kingdom of Netherlands
  12. Kingdom of Norway
  13. Portugal Republic
  14. United States of America
  15. Federative Republic of Germany
  16. Finish Republic
  17. French Republic
  18. Swiss Confederation
  19. Kingdom of Sweden
  20. Chile

 

4. For longer stays or for all other citizens of the countries not listed above are required to obtain the visa and should present additional documents through www.evisa.e-gov.kg :

The «Electronic visa of the Kyrgyz Republic» system starts on September 1st, 2017

Information on the «Electronic visa» system of the Kyrgyz Republic

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic informs about the implementation from September 1st2017 of the «Electronic visa of the Kyrgyz Republic» system.

The «Electronic visa» system allows citizens of all foreign countries to obtain entry-exit tourist or business visasof the Kyrgyz Republic for up to 90 days via the Internet, without the need to address to diplomatic missions or consular offices of the Kyrgyz Republic abroad, as well as to visa points at the international border crossing points across the state border of the country.

Legal entities of the Kyrgyz Republic can also invite foreign citizens (both individually and as part of tourist groups) and apply for short-term business or tourist electronic visas.

Short-term business and tourist visas of the Kyrgyz Republic are issued for the period up to 90 days without the right to extend their validity period on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.

To obtain a visa in electronic format, a foreign citizen or an inviting organization need to fill out a special form on the “www.evisa.e-gov.kg” Internet site, filling in contact details and information about the planned trip to Kyrgyzstan. You will also need to upload a photo and an image of a passport (travel document) of a foreign citizen. Payment of consular fees is made through “Visa” and “MasterCard” bank payment cards. The processing period of an electronic visa application is three working days.

A notification of the issuance or refusal to issue an electronic visa is sent to an e-mail specified in the application. When receiving a visa in electronic format, the system provides a link to the site of the «Electronic visa», where it is possible to print out an electronic visa with a special QR code, read by using mobile applications on smartphones.

Foreign citizens who have received a visa in the Electronic visa system need to enter and leave Kyrgyzstan through checkpoints across the State border of the Kyrgyz Republic located at the international airport «Manas» in Bishkek, Osh international airport «Osh», and at the border crossing point «Ak-Jol» on the border with the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Citizens of foreign countries who have received visas in electronic format cross the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic through the aforementioned checkpoints without presenting a visa sticker (sticker) in the travel document. If necessary, it is possible to check the availability of an electronic visa, its category, expiration date and multiplicity, by scanning a special QR code on a printed version of an electronic visa.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic draws attention to the fact that foreign citizens intending to visit Kyrgyzstan are able to obtain visas both in electronic format via the Electronic visa system and in the standard version by addressing to diplomatic missions or consular offices of the Kyrgyz Republic abroad or Visa points at international checkpoints across the State border of Kyrgyzstan.

 

Issuance of visas is carried out by:

  • diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Kyrgyz Republic abroad;
  • 24 hour working visa department at the international airport «Manas» in Bishkek.

 

Extension of visa on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic is carried out by:

  1. Department of Consular Service of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic for the following categories of visas: diplomatic, official, investment, business (B2), work (W2), tourist.
    The address: 10″a» Togolok Moldo str., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. ph. 312660706, 312663270.
  2. Department of Registration of the Population of the State Registration Service (SRS) under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and its territorial sections for the following categories of visas: business (В1), study, work (W1), religious, private, tourist.
    The address of the main office: 58 Kiev str., Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, ph. 312662329, 312666120.

 

Documents replacing visas:

  • residence permit of the foreign citizen residing in the Kyrgyz Republic;
  • certificate of stateless person issued by SRS of the Kyrgyz Republic.

 

The grounds for issuance of a visa are:

  • written appeal of the government bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic, of diplomatic missions and consular service bodies of foreign states, international organizations accredited in the Kyrgyz Republic;
  • permit of the authorized body for foreign citizens arriving for business matters and for permanent residence
  • written appeal of a legal person for a visa support or extension of a visa of the Kyrgyz Republic for foreigners arriving for business purposes;
  • personal appeal of foreign nationals of 56 countries according to the list approved by the Decree of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic № 87 dated 07.02.2009.
  • work permit authorized by the agency for regulation of employment of foreign nationals residing on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic (for extending the work visa).

 

Diplomatic visa is issued to:

  1. diplomatic agents of foreign diplomatic missions and consular officials of foreign consulates accredited in the Kyrgyz Republic , as well as members of their families ;
  2. holders of diplomatic passports traveling to the Kyrgyz Republic for official purposes;
  3. holders of passports of international organizations having the status equated to diplomatic agents;
  4. staff of international organizations accredited in the Kyrgyz Republic and members of their families;
  5. heads of foreign states , governments, and members of their families;
  6. members of parliaments  governments of foreign states and their families — holders of diplomatic passports , as well as members of official foreign delegations and accompanying persons — holders of diplomatic passports;
  7. diplomatic couriers bringing diplomatic mails — holders of diplomatic passports, in the presence of express sheet.

Service visa is issued to:

  • holders of passports of international organizations not having the status equated to diplomatic agents , as well as holders of national passports working for international organizations;
  • holders of official passports traveling to the Kyrgyz Republic for official purposes;
  • members of official foreign delegations and accompanying persons;
  • members of the administrative , technical and service staff of diplomatic missions and international organizations , consular employees , members of the service staff of consular institutions of foreign states accredited in the Kyrgyz Republic and their families;

Investment visa is issued to foreign nationals on the basis of confirmation of  status of the investor by the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Business visa has 2 types :

  1. Type B1 visa is extended by SRS bodies up to 3 months for foreigners arriving to negotiate , to enter into contracts , to render an advisory or audit services; to  participate in conferences, workshops , forums, exhibitions , concerts, cultural, scientific, sport and other events;  to implement international road transport;
  2. Type B2 visa extended by the  Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  of the Kyrgyz Republic for up to 1 year , issued to employees of public, non-profit and international organizations , to individuals arriving in the framework of cooperation with international organizations or intergovernmental treaties and agreements;

Work visa is issued in consultation with relevant government agencies in accordance with the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic and has two types:

  1. Visa type W1 is extended by the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for citizens of 56 foreign countries, approved by the Government Decree of the Kyrgyz Republic № 87 dated 07.02.2009.
  2. Visa type W2 is extended by SRS bodies for foreign nationals that are not listed in the Government Decree.

Study visa is issued on the basis of the visa support by the Department of Consular Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, by foreign institutions of the Kyrgyz Republic and in the airport «Manas» to foreign citizens traveling to the Kyrgyz Republic for the purpose of studying in the educational institutions of the Kyrgyz Republic that are registered in the judicial bodies in the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Tourist visas are issued to foreign nationals traveling to the Kyrgyz Republic for the purpose of tourism. Tourist visas can be single entry and multiple entry for up to 3 months.

Also there is a group visa that can be issued in occasion of organized trips to the Kyrgyz Republic for tourist groups. Prerequisite for the use of group visa is the simultaneous crossing of the state border entering and exiting the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic and traveling on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic in group.

Prices : 1 month visa single entry 70$ ; 1 month entry multiple entries 100$

Private visas are issued by SRS and extended by SRS to foreign nationals entering the Kyrgyz Republic for private purposes of different kind.

Religious visas are issued on the basis of the visa support by the  Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Committee on Religion. Visa can be extended by SRS bodies up to 6 months no more than 3 times to the foreign nationals arriving through cooperation with religious organizations, with the consent of the authorized body of Religious Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Transit visas are issued for a possibility to travel through the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic for foreign nationals who do not have the right to visa-free transit, if they have travel documents, visa or other grounds entitling to enter a third country.

There is also an exit visa issued to foreign nationals that have lost their passports or other identity documents on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic that provide a right to cross the state border and to individuals on which decisions  has been made by the court to expel the foreign citizen from the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Visas of this type are issued only to exit the country.

Join us on Facebook!

And keep updated with our tour promotions, or follow us on