Guidance

Living in Kyrgyzstan

Advice for British people living in Kyrgyzstan, including information on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more.

This guide sets out essential information for British national residing in Kyrgyzstan, including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what consulates can and cannot do for British nationals.

Health

The medical facilities – List of medical facilities in Kyrgyzstan in Kyrgyzstan are not as advanced as those in the UK. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad, evacuation by air ambulance and repatriation. Contact your travel health insurance company in advance to find out whether they have a recommended or restricted list of hospitals to use. Local hospitals insist on cash payment method. English speaking doctors/nurses are very rare.

Contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.

Death

Funeral directors

Sending money overseas

Money can be transferred by Western Union or MoneyGram in an emergency. The list is presented here: Money transfer information for Kyrgyzstan (PDF, 535KB, 7 pages) .

ATMs are present throughout the country. Kyrgyzstan is mainly a cash society, however , credit cards are accepted in big shops and supermarkets.

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 28 November 2013
Last updated 3 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. List of medical facilities updated
  2. Funeral directions has been added.
  3. First published.