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Safety and Security

Emergency Services

Universal European Emergency Number (Police/Fire/Ambulance): 112 (Operator will redirect to the appropriate service.)

Specific Services

  • Police: 102
  • Fire: 101
  • Ambulance:103
  • Rescue Service: 161
  • Medical Service: 151

General Safety Tips

  • Check travel advisories before your trip.
  • Familiarise yourself with local customs and laws.
  • Ensure vaccinations are up-to-date; consider health precautions.
  • Be aware of altitude risks; acclimatise gradually.
  • Use registered transportation services; follow safety guidelines.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially in mountains.
  • Stay informed about local emergency numbers and contacts.
  • Carry comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Show respect for local customs; dress modestly in religious sites.

Health and Safety

  • Kyrgyzstan is generally considered safe; exercise normal precautions.
  • Medical facilities are available in major cities; have travel insurance.

Water and Toilets

  • Tap water is generally safe in Bishkek; use bottled or boiled water in rural areas.
  • Carry a small bag of toilet paper; be prepared for varied toilet facilities.

Local Tips

  • Kyrgyzstan is open to Westerners; terrorist attacks are rare.
  • Taxis may overcharge; use those with meters.
  • Safety is not a significant concern, but stay cautious in crowded areas.

Additional Information

Kyrgyzstan is generally a safe destination for tourists. Low crime rates, political stability and the warm hospitality of the locals contribute to a secure environment. However, travelers should remain vigilant and follow general safety measures.

Natural Disasters and Altitude

While Kyrgyzstan may experience natural disasters like earthquakes, they are infrequent. Travelers to high-altitude areas should be aware of altitude sickness risks and acclimatise gradually.

Road Safety

Road conditions can vary, especially in rural areas. Travelers using transportation services should exercise caution, and road-tripping alone in certain regions may not be advisable.

Cultural Sensitivity

Respecting local customs and traditions is crucial. Kyrgyzstan is predominantly Muslim, so visitors should be mindful of cultural norms, particularly when visiting religious sites.

Water and Food Safety

While tap water in urban areas is generally safe, it is recommended to drink bottled or boiled water, especially in rural regions. Exercise caution with street food and ensure that food is prepared hygienically.

Travel Advisories

Check travel advisories and updates from your government's travel department before your trip. Stay informed about any potential risks or issues.

Despite these general points, individual experiences may vary, and it is always advisable to stay updated on the current situation and take necessary precautions. If you have specific concerns or questions, consulting with your embassy or consulate can provide personalised advice based on the latest information.

Always stay informed, exercise caution and use common sense during your travels.