|Typhoid & Polio
Medical care in Kyrgyzstan does not correspond to European standards. It is recommended that you carry important medicines, bandages and disposable syringes with you, as these have to be procured yourself even if you are being treated in hospital. A rescue system comparable to that in Germany (e.g. by helicopter) with intensive medical treatment options does not exist. Travelers who expose themselves to particular risks (including mountaineers in Kyrgyzstan) must be aware that, even in the capital, emergencies can usually only be treated inadequately. Anyone who is dependent on medication should stock their first-aid kit accordingly. Check directoryaah for more information.
 In 2016, Kyrgyzstan was declared malaria-free by the WHO.  Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection for various infectious diseases that are transmitted through contaminated food or drinks (e.g. hepatitis A, typhus, bacterial dysentery, amoebic dysentery, lambliasis, worm diseases). Water is generally germ-free, but has a high content of heavy metals. Milk is pasteurized and dairy products are safe to consume. Meat and fish dishes should only be well cooked and served hot. Pork, raw salads and mayonnaise should be avoided. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.
Across the country, there is a risk of transmission of borreliosis/Lyme disease from ticks, especially in grass, shrubs and undergrowth. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. Tick-borne Russian tick-borne encephalitis (RSSE) occurs in some areas of the country, especially during the summer months. A vaccination against RSSE is recommended for professional activities or leisure activities with possible tick exposure in endemic areas. In case of tick infestation, consult a doctor if in doubt. Rabies occurs nationwide and is primarily transmitted by stray dogs. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Travelers staying in Kyrgyzstan for more than 30 days must prove that they are HIV negative.
1 som = 100 tyjin. Currency code: KS, KGS (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 5,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 som, coins in denominations of 10, 5, 3 and 1 som and 50, 10 and 1 tyjin.
Credit cards are rarely accepted for payment in hotels. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.
Bank cards With a credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs in exchange offices and banks (Unicredit Bank) in Bishkek and other larger cities. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol in major cities. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.
Travelers checks are no longer accepted in Kyrgyzstan.
Bank opening hours
- General Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm (cities).
Foreign exchange regulations
Import and export to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) The import of local and foreign currency in cash or as traveler’s checks is unlimited. From an equivalent value of US$ 10,000, there is a declaration obligation. The export of local currency is prohibited. The export of foreign currency is limited to the amount declared upon entry, minus the exchange amounts (declaration and exchange documents required). A proof of origin is also required for the export of foreign currencies from an amount equivalent to US$ 10,000.
Foreign currencies (especially US dollars) are preferred, Russian rubles are also still accepted. All bills are normally settled in cash. If you travel with tour operators, you pay for your trip in advance. Since there is not enough change, visitors should carry small bills in particular. You can change money in banks and official currency exchange offices.
|Exchange rates (no guarantee)
|1 EUR = 72.44 лв
1 CHF = 86.18 лв
1 USD = 69.37 лв