French people traveling to the country must ensure their safety and not expose themselves unnecessarily. They are invited to ensure that they have the necessary resources in case of a crisis (check the conditions of employment contracts).safe) and the financial means necessary to cover possible costs of hospitalization or evacuation, etc.
The French Embassy in Kyrgyzstan does not issue identity or travel documents. In case of lost or stolen passport, the German Embassy in Bishkek can issue a passport after verification. This emergency authorization only allows travel to France, where it will be possible to renew the lost or stolen authorization.
The French Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan is responsible for all other administrative procedures concerning French residents or visitors to Kyrgyzstan.
Find all the information you need on the websiteFrench Embassy in Astana.
In the event of a serious incident in the country during your stay, it is important to reassure your loved ones.
Risks incurred and associated recommendations
Kyrgyzstan is located in a seismic zone. It is recommended to consult the “Earthquakes” sheet.
You should be extremely careful when driving and pay attention to the behavior of other drivers, especially in Bishkek where traffic is heaviest.
In case of verification by the Kyrgyz traffic police, it is strongly recommended to present an international driving license in addition to the French driving license. Otherwise, the presentation of a French driving license may be sufficient, as long as it is accompanied by a sworn translation, in the Kyrgyz or Russian language.
Pedestrians should also be very careful, including when crossing crosswalks.
With the exception of a few main roads (Bishkek/Osh, Bishkek/Lake Issyk Koul, Bishkek/Almaty), the road network is in poor condition.
Several French tourists passing through Bishkek have reported being extorted, especially around the Osh market, by individuals posing as plainclothes police officers, although all police officers in Kyrgyzstan must wear a uniform. The procedure is always the following: several people, after quickly showing a “police” card, lead the tourist, using intimidation tactics, to extract money from him.
In this situation, it is recommended to try to stay in the crowd, preferably present a photocopy of your passport, refuse to give money and report the incident to the embassy.
Cases of extortion by uniformed police officers as well as customs officials at some border posts have also been reported. In these cases, it is recommended to report the facts to the embassy as accurately as possible (see “General recommendations”).
You should also be careful around currency exchange offices and ATMs.
Assaults, specific risks for women
Sexual assaults against foreign tourists have been reported. It is recommended that you never be alone in isolated or uncrowded areas, especially at night. It is also recommended that women avoid taking excursions in the mountains without the accompaniment of at least one trusted man.
Due to a latent terrorist threat in Kyrgyzstan, you should follow security recommendations from local authorities and exercise vigilance, especially in public places and around public buildings.
Community tensions in the Isfara basin
Relations between Kyrgyz and Tajik border villages in the Isfara River basin (Batken oblast of Kyrgyzstan) have been contentious for many years and can sometimes lead to violence.
The entire territory of Kyrgyzstan is under enhanced surveillance. Due to occasional border tensions with Tajikistan, traveling to the Batken oblast (province) in the far southwest of Kyrgyzstan is not recommended unless there are compelling reasons.
It is recommended to travel in groups, assisted by one or more local guides for trips outside of Bishkek, and to stay away from any political demonstrations in the country.
You must bring a photocopy of your passport and border police stamps to present during routine checks.
You should be careful after going out at night or dining at a restaurant and avoid walking alone at night. Taxi companies can, at low cost, take their passengers wherever they want.
Risky sporting activities
High mountain expeditions
Kyrgyzstan is home to three peaks over 7,000 m, which are popular with mountaineers. Lenin Peak is very popular, with access to the base camp via a paved road connecting Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, almost 4,000m above sea level. However, access to this field and especially the climb to Pico Lenin are not without danger. In fact, arriving by car at base camp without making the slightest physical effort does not allow for acclimatization. Temperatures at the summit can drop to -30°C, even as summer heat blankets the base camp. Travelers may experience severe headaches and insomnia upon arrival. Every year several fatal accidents are recorded, due to climbing too quickly (pulmonary or cerebral embolisms), careless errors (falling into a crevasse, abandonment on an icy slope) or even a lack of equipment (freezing which can lead to amputation). phalanges due to lack of suitable gloves or shoes).
To limit these risks, it is strongly recommended:
- don’t venture into the mountains alone ;
- do not contact a travel agency, French or Kyrgyz, without first having consulted the climbing conditions, the different acclimatization phases, the food rules and the necessary equipment;
- contact your guide well in advance (whose references and skills – particularly language skills – must be checked) and define the list of necessary clothing and equipment;
- Do not venture into the mountains without adequate equipment (especially against the cold).
- do not approach the borders.
Travelers are also advised to communicate their high mountain itinerary to the Ministry of Emergency Situations before departure. Contact: 112.
Finally, you must take out adequate insurance that covers medical and repatriation expenses and check all guarantees.
The numerous websites and blogs dedicated to Pico Lenin can be usefully consulted.