Kyrgyzstan has announced that from 1 st May 2022, there will no longer be PCR and vaccination requirements for those wishing to enter the country. This applies to travellers arriving at international airports and land border crossings.
Previously, in order to enter Kyrgyzstan, you needed to either have a valid vaccination certificate showing that you were fully vaccinated, or a negative PCR test within 72 hours before arriving. These restrictions have now been removed and anyone, vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be free to enter the country.
This means that unvaccinated travellers will no longer be required to produce a negative PCR test in order to enter the country.
The announcement was made by the Cabinet of Ministers press service after the Ministry of Health and other agencies such as Immigration made the decision.
This is great news for Kyrgyzstan who have regularly taken moderate steps in their approach towards COVID-19 and remained partially open for much more of the pandemic than its neighbours.
Kyrgyzstan is in a unique position by being sparsely populated and having a high vaccine uptake and haven’t suffered the same huge waves that have been seen in other countries around the world.
Tourism is hugely important to Kyrgyzstan and authorities as well as locals are hoping to see tourism number return to their pre-pandemic levels so a larger number can enjoy this amazing unique Central Asian republic.
Kyrgyzstan is a small country bordering Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the east, Tajikistan to the south and China to the east. It’s a popular destination for eco tourism, and is on the famous Silk Road trail.