The Kyrgyz government agreed on a new version of instruction on the series of steps for acquiring visas for entry into the country.

Dispatch News Desk reports that the approval of the new instruction will make it easier on the conditions and procedures for the issue of permits for citizens of foreign countries.

The news agency states that this new instruction will also “help concretise purpose of their trip, exclude possibility of illegal work, and improve the electronic visa component itself.”

Depending on various purposes of travel there will be new categories of visas. These categories are:

  • “Mounting tourism visa” is issued for visiting the Kyrgyz Republic for mountain tourism (mountaineering, snowboarding, trekking, rafting, mountain biking, heli-skiing, rock climbing, ice climbing, freeriding, skiing and other mountain hiking), for up to 90 days.
  • “Tuugandar visa” (“Relatives visa”) is issued for up to 1 year to visit relatives or for family reunification.
  • “Meken visa” (“Motherland visa”) is valid for up to 1 year. It is issued free of charge to the ethnic Kyrgyz, as well as to persons born on the territory of Kyrgyzstan or the KSSR, for visiting or returning to the Kyrgyz Republic with possibility of subsequent obtaining of a returnee status and residence permit.
  • “Meiman visa” (“Guest visa”) is obtained for private trips at the invitation of citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic, who are not related by kinship to each other, including for the purpose of visiting friends or receiving medical services.

Dispatch News Desk reports it is also possible to get a long-term visa for a year or longer. These are available through an electronic visa system and also at representative offices of Kyrgyzstan abroad.

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