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Neighboring countries

China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan


In Kyrgyzstan there are around 80% Sunni Muslims, 16% Russian Orthodox Christians and small minorities of other creeds

Special country information

Greeting and communication:
One thing is very typical when traveling through Central Asia: the proverbial hospitality of the inhabitants. Even if you travel and hike a lot in today's Krigistan, it won't be long before you are invited to a farmhouse or yurt for the first time. The rural hospitality and getting to know the local food is an unforgettable experience on a trip through Kyrgyzstan. However, the comprehensive hospitality can also be a bit critical. Especially when a host insists on serving you food even though they are not hungry. If you notice that your host is very poor, just refuse very kindly and firmly. Eat what you are served out of courtesy and emphasize the excellence if you like it. This will please your host and you will leave a very polite impression

Food and hygiene:
Kyrgyzstan has a very varied cuisine: typical of a country that crossed the Great Silk Road and thus came into contact with many cultures, especially the Turkish, Persian, Arab, Indian, Chinese, Russian and of course the European. And also as far as the food is concerned, everything was mixed with the existing culture and traditions of Central Asia.
Much of the food you will find here is typical of Central Asia in general. In the big cities you can of course also find many dishes of international cuisine, whereas in the countryside local dishes predominate. It is said that the food in Central Asia is divided into three types: the usual nomadic dishes, mostly meat, dairy products and bread; Then the dishes of the immigrated Turkic peoples (Uzbeks and Uighurs) such as pilaff, kebab and noodles, stew, refined cake dough and types of bread; as well as the dishes that came from the south i.e. Iran, India, Pakistan and China, with lots of spices and fresh herbs. Locals like to drink black or green tea, fermented mare's milk (koumis), dsharma (made from fermented barley flour) and boso (drink made from fermented millet that tastes a little like beer).

The standard of hygiene and sanitary facilities has improved considerably in recent years. Nevertheless, it is important to strengthen the body's defenses and to be aware of the risks from untreated water, mosquito bites and open wounds. As far as food is concerned, special care should be taken with pre-cooked, reheated dishes. Anything that is cooked, fried or grilled (and thus sterilized) in the presence of the guest is generally harmless. This applies in particular to the numerous food stalls in the markets and the cookshops. However, sometimes seafood and meat cannot be perfect if they are not fresh. Perishable foods that have been left unrefrigerated for some time or stored in a refrigerator during a power failure are definitely suspect.

Customs and special rules of conduct:
The Federal Foreign Office has no indications of special customs regulations.
You can obtain customs information on importing goods directly from the embassy of your destination country. Only there can you be given legally binding information.
You can see the customs regulations for Germany on the website of the German customs www.zoll.de or inquire by phone.

For photography: In general, photography is prohibited for all military installations, bridges, docks etc. Although children often crowd into photos, there are other occasions when they defend themselves against those who are to be photographed. Especially women for traditional and religious reasons to be photographed. As soon as a protest is raised against your camera, you should respect it.

Conduct at police controls:
Be cooperative when it comes to identity checks. The Kyrgyz police have the right to check your passport and visa and to detain travelers without a valid passport. Travelers should therefore always have their passport with them.
The police do not have the right to examine the contents of your bags or even to scan you during normal identity checks. Unfortunately, it has happened several times in the past that tourists have been coerced into this, often under the pretext of drug control. Subsequently, money was repeatedly lacking or substantial bribes were requested. If they refused, tourists were intimidated and threatened, for example, with arrest for “resisting state violence”. Be confident and point out your rights, but don't let the situation escalate. If necessary, call the embassy. Please also report to the embassy if you have been coerced into paying bribes or if money has been stolen so that the embassy can report such incidents to the police.

Form of government

Presidential Democracy

Head of state

President Sooronbai Dscheenbekow