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Information for the foreign citizens on tourism and investment opportunities of the Kyrgyz Republic

The Kyrgyz Republic is developing trade and economic ties with 121 states of the world trade community, the 70 countries of them are the World Trade Organization's members.

There are number of specific factors and reasons due to which investors prefer the Kyrgyz Republic to other countries in Central Asia, willing to maximize the profits and reduce the risk.

The main one is: a liberal trade regime, a comprehensive investment protection, protection against the risk of double taxation, the unlimited export of capital and profits, free exchange of currencies, low business costs, a skilled workforce, and direct access to the authorities.

In recent years, the Government of Kyrgyzstan has taken significant measures to establish favorable investment climate and create conditions for attracting investments into the country. For these purposes, in 2014 the government established the Agency for Investment Promotion under the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, which gave substantial support and assistance to investors in the country.

Great attention in investment opportunities paid to the country's tourism industry since tourism is one of the priorities of the economy of the Kyrgyz Republic.

For the development of the industry, the Government amended legislative acts on visa-free regime with 61 countries, allowing to receive more than 3 million tourists a year.

Priority areas of tourism in the Kyrgyz Republic

In the development of international tourism, benefits of the Kyrgyz Republic in comparison with the other countries of Central Asia are expressed as follows:

• Environmentally friendly, unspoiled and unique nature landscape of the highlands, giving the chance to develop mountain skiing, rafting, trekking;

• Considerable resources for Speleo tourism. Today in Kyrgyzstan explored more than three hundred caves, each of them linked to any legend or tradition;

• Diversity of natural and climatic, historical and cultural resources of the country allows tocreate a huge amount of the tourist product, aimed at different cost, duration, comfort level, accommodation facilities, age, form of consumption, etc.;

• Relatively small size of the country allows using of several regions at the same time in providing of tourism product;

• Historical perception of the country in association with the Silk Road, and support of Tours along the Silk Road by the World Tourism Organization;

• Wealth of the Kyrgyz culture by nomadic traditions and hospitality of the

Kyrgyz people;

• Development of cooperation between the public and private sectors in

promoting the tourism opportunities of the Kyrgyz Republic.

At present time the priorities of tourism in the Kyrgyz Republic are:

  • Resort and recreation tourism
  • Mountain-adventure tourism and mountaineering (alpinism)
  • Cultural and educational tourism
  • Ecotourism
  • Event tourism
  • Medical tourism

Information for Foreign Citizens on entry/exit and stay in the Kyrgyz Republic

According to the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic "On external migration", foreign citizens and stateless persons enter the Kyrgyz Republic and exit from the Kyrgyz Republic through the checkpoints on the state border, open to international traffic by valid documents and visas, unless otherwise provided by legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic and entered into force international treaties in accordance with the law of which the Kyrgyz Republic is participant.

Operational checkpoints on the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic:

Kyrgyz- Kazakh border area

- ''Akzhol - road", international, 24 hours

- "Aktilek - road'' international 24 hours

- "Tokmok- road", two-way, 24 hours

- "Kenbulun - road", two-way, 24 hours

- "Kaindy - train", international, 24 hours

- "Chaldybar - road", international, 24 hours

- "Chonkapka - road", international, 24 hours

- "Karkyra - road", international, seasonal (May-October), during daytime.

Kyrgyz-Chinese border area

- "Torugart - road ', international, during daytime

- "Irkeshtam - road', international, during daytime

Kyrgyz-Uzbek border area

- "Madaniat - road", international, 24 hours

- "Dostuk - road", international, 24 hours

    "Kensai - road", international, 24 hours

Kyrgyz-Tajik border area

- "Kulundu - road", international, 24 hours

- "Bor-Dobo - road", international, 24 hours

- "Kayragach - road", two-way, 24 hours

- "Kyzyl-Bel - road", international, 24 hours

- "Karamyk - road", two-way, during daytime

Entry to the border zone

In accordance with the Resolution of the Jogorku Kenesh (Parliament) on March 6, 2013 N2 3889-V «On decree of the state bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic to develop tourism" the State Border Service (SBS) in accordance with the earlier achieved agreement with the Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators provides permit to the border zone for tourists (having a valid visa of the Kyrgyz Republic) and employees of travel agencies(with supporting documents) - without a permit issued by the State Registration Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, according to the lists certified by the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic (the notice) within one working day.

In other aspects, the State Border Service is guided by the Decree of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on May 15, 2004 Mi. 362 110n the establishment of the border regime in the border area and the border strip of the Kyrgyz Republic."

Entry to the border strip

Permission to enter the border strip and the border zone in the presence of permits, the State Border Service is considering within one working day.

More detailed information about the rules of entry/exit and stay of foreign citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic, with the agreement on mutual trips of citizens is available on the website of the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic www.border.gov.kg

The checkpoints also having the information panels in three languages (Kyrgyz, Russian and English) with a telephone hotline operating round the clock and foreign citizens can send their complaints and comments on the actions of border guards on the stated web site.

On customs registration of goods

across the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic

In accordance with the Instruction on the movement of goods and vehicles across the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic by individuals, approved by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic dated 31.12.2004 №976 (hereinafter - Instruction), customs clearance of goods while moving across the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic by individuals is carried out using a general tariff and non­tariff measures of regulation and taxation.

Goods intended for personal use by individuals, moved by these individuals

- across the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic in a simplified preferential right in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Code of the Kyrgyz Republic. Such goods undergo customs clearance without the use of non-tariff measures of regulation and taxation.

According to paragraph 2.1 of Instruction foreign individuals with permanent residence outside of the Kyrgyz Republic, when crossing the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic may temporarily import under preferential simplified procedure, with exemption from customs duties, the goods needed to these individuals for their personal use on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic in accordance with the established list.

At the checkpoints on the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic the billboards in English, Russian and Kyrgyz languages have been installed, which contain all the necessary information.

On safety of foreign citizens in the Kyrgyz Republic

Safety of tourists in the period of preparation and holding of "tourist season" in the Kyrgyz Republic is provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic (MIA).

During the tourist season, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic will set mobile traffic police posts from a fixed post "Kordai" to "Bishkek-Balykchy-Cholpon-Ata-Karakol”.

Furthermore, during the tourist season, police officers of the Kyrgyz Republic will be assigned according to the approved deployment of posts only in patrol cars with the indication of telephone hotlines in the back of the car, which are equipped with video recorders and radar installations (Vizir) having functions of photo and video fixation.