The Kyrgyz Republic Is Introducing Electronic Visas
A few days ago an introduction of electronic visas was announced on the presentation of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The new system will go live on September 1, 2017. According to the MFA representative, it will take three days to get a Kyrgyz visa. Business and tourist visas can be issued for a term of 30 to 90 days. An online form has to be filled out to apply for one.
Electronic visas will allow entering the Kyrgyz Republic through the following entry points: Manas International Airport, Osh Airport and Ak-Zhol border crossing point on the border with Kazakhstan.
At the same time the visa-free regime implemented earlier is still active. In late 2016 the Kyrgyz government implemented new rules, according to which citizens of foreign countries had to register within 5 days since their arrival. The amendments resulted in a significant negative reaction from both expats, foreign and local citizens. As a result, the authorities have decided to extend the unregistered stay for 92 countries — each country now has a different unregistered stay period — from 8 days to 90. Earlier we prepared an interactive map of unregistered stay period.
It is not clear whether electronic visas are a sign of that the visa-free regime will be eventually canceled. Hopefully the authorities will keep that as canceling the visa-free regime will significantly damage the development of tourism, which is always presented as one of the strategic sectors for the Kyrgyz economy.