Overland Kyrgyzstan Travel

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Visiting Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.

Entering Kyrgyzstan with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: (date last confirmed correct)

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Kyrgyzstan, application instructions and fees see: Kyrgyzstan Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
List the paperwork required to enter with a vehicle, including number of copies

Process at border[edit]

Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle

Cost of entry[edit]

State the cost for a vehicle to enter

Permitted length of stay[edit]

State the permitted length of entry for the vehicle

Extension of stay[edit]

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

Driving in Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Kyrgyzstan[edit]

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Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
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Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
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Travel insurance for Kyrgyzstan[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Yes or No if insurance is mandatory, and what kind is acceptable.

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

Driving license[edit]

State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.

Driving side of road[edit]

Unknown if RHD vehicles can be driven in Kyrgyzstan.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

State any mandatory items that must be carried in the vehicle. (i.e. safety triangle, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, etc.)


General Road quality[edit]

Sealed roads are of a poor standard with patch works and no hard shoulders. Some lesser used roads such as Sary Tash can have frequent and deep potholes requiring swerving and/or slowing to walking pace to traverse. Unsealed roads are expectedly dusty and bumpy.

Road signs[edit]

Very poorly signposted, signs are sparse and sometimes don't conform to convention, e.g. speed limits in white over blue instead of red circle. Most signage do not have retroreflective coating and thus hard to see at night.

Toll roads[edit]

The (only) arterial road M41 from Bishkek to Osh has a toll section, cost is 45 som each way.

Bribery in Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Police (traffic or otherwise) corruption is pervasive and widely accepted as part of motoring. The amount of traffic police presence far exceed what in developed countries are considered necessary for order keeping. Examples include check posts at 3am on a deserted highway with no traffic, doubtful for safety reasons, or

An often quoted figure for bribing traffic police is 1000 som ($14 USD) for offences whose penalty exceeds 1000 som. Most commonly offence being exceeding speed limit as it is easiest for police to catch. There are anecdotal stories of lower ranked officers paying superiors to work on speed checks, for chance at making profit.

On highways traffic police measure speed using photo LIDAR gun, often at end of long straight sections with good road surface, good visibility, without intersections but unusually low speed limits compared to other countries (such as 60 kmh for arterial road/highway passing outside urban areas, usually considered as highways in developed countries which would have speed limit of 80 or 90kmh).

Random breath testing seems absent, as this contributor encountered none in nearly 1800km of driving, compared to more than 10 instances of speed traps for the the same distance and time traveled. Expect at least one speed trap per hour on highways, watch out for other motorists' flashing high beam as warning.

One method of dealing with traffic police is to pretend to not understand and keep stalling until the officer realises it is more profitable to use his time to flag down the next mark instead of trying to extract money from the you. Alternatively slip cash inside vehicle documentation wallet when handing over to police during checks. In a perverse way the police abuse their legitimacy for profit purposes, evidently to supplement their low wage. Be ware police may try get more from foreigners by quoting falsely inflated penalty.

Traffic infringement protocol in Kyrgyzstan is handled this way: after being flagged down, a penalty is written on an A4 carbon copy paper and police takes away the original driver licence along with the infringement notice, while issuing the motorist with a temporary licence. The motorist will get his/her normal licence back after cleaning the infringement by paying the monetary penalty at post office.


describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas price in Kyrgyzstan and Diesel price in Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Last updated: October 2012

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded €0.84 EUR per Liter[1]
Diesel €0.78 EUR per Liter[1]

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Briefly describe if gas shortages are known to occur.
Also state the approximate average distance between gas stations. This is a very rough estimate.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Discuss if gasoline / diesel considered "clean" or "dirty", and generally high or low quality.
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.


Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Kyrgyzstan

Central Asia 1:1,700,000 Travel Map, Waterproof, Gps-c...
Central Asia 1:1,700,000 Travel Map, Waterproof, Gps-c...
by Reise KnowHow
From $12.95 on Amazon
Kyrgyzstan Geographical: Gizi 1:750
Kyrgyzstan Geographical: Gizi 1:750
by Gizi Map
From $9.75 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Kyrgyzstan[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Kyrgyzstan[edit]

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'


Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

  1. 1.0 1.1 World petrol prices, gas prices, diesel prices|MyTravelCost.com

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