Kyrgyzstan, formally the Kyrgyz Republic is a Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions. Landlocked and mountainous, it borders Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the southeast. Set against the backdrop of the Tien Shan mountains, the capital Bishkek is a relatively new city. It was founded in 1825 as a small clay fort on a tributary of the Chuy River. Today, one can see the blend of modern as well as Soviet era architecture.
Annexed by Russia in 1876, it achieved independence from the Soviet Union on 31 Aug 1991. It has the most liberal tourist visa policy in Central Asia and one of the more progressive post-Soviet governments in the region.
A country with untouched nature, Kyrgyzstan is home to nearly 2000 lakes, big and small with clear waters fed by the snow-covered peaks in the country. The largest in the country (and second largest mountain lake in the world) is lake Ysyk-Köl (Issyk-Kul).
Nuggets of information:
UK passport holders do not require a visa for Uzbekistan for travel up to 30 days. Click on the link for a visa guide for Uzbekistan.
It is a mandatory requirement for travellers booking with a UK based tour operator to have adequate travel insurance to cover you against loss of luggage, personal belongings, Covid, hospitalisation, flight delays/cancellations and trip curtailments and cancellation due to unforeseen reasons. Sometimes there are travel advisories about specific areas or countries, where a standard insurance may not suffice. Should your itinerary include such regions or an advisory comes up after a trip has been booked, we will update you. It is your responsibility to ensure you obtain an insurance which provides you appropriate cover.
We recommend consulting the travel advisory of the country you are travelling to/wish to. Click here for the relevant weblinks – UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. Citizens of other countries must check their respective government’s advice.
General travel health advice can be found on Home – Fit for Travel. However, we recommend you contact your GP Services or Travel Clinic for information on vaccines and medication.
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Multi – Country tours and extensions:
Uzbekistan combines well with its neighbouring countries like Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. You have the option of exploring just one, two or more countries in a single trip.