There are no mandatory immunisations that travelers must take to Kyrgyzstan however you must have up-to date vaccinations for Typhoid Tetanus Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel clinic for the right vaccinations and preventative treatment.
Food and drinks
Kyrgyzstan’s food is primarily based on meat and rice. However, there are many other options for salads and other vegetables. When you travel, you’ll get to try local specialities of the region which are usually a blend of the various cultures that have existed and moved around over the millennia.
With regard to alcohol, the options are usually limited to vodka and beer. Those who want something different – Scotch or Gin for instance – must purchase it duty-free and take it home. Mixers, such as tonic water, are very difficult to find in Central Asia.
It is common to interact with localswho have their own unique customs and traditions. You are asked to show respect and consideration to local people. Your tour-guides and tour-leaders will always be in a position to give you advice accordingly.
The first thing to mention about travelling through Central Asia is that most areas, particularly the cities and towns are characterized by a more relaxed view of Islam than their neighbors to the south of Afghanistan as well as Pakistan. You’ll be shocked by how long skirts of women are in places such as Bishkek! It’s a Muslim region, so it’s important to be cautious in certain places. Shorts and T-shirts are fine for both genders. However, if visiting mosques, women should cover their shoulders and wear trousers or skirts that do not reach just below the knee, while males should not wear shorts.
With just over 15% following Islam, over 80% of the people are Islamic.
Language and Religion
Kyrgyzstan was one of the two former Soviet Republics in Central Asia that retained Russian as their official language. In the early 90’s Kyrgyzstan was declared to be a bilingual country adding Kyrgyz as another official language. You will also find Uzbeks of ethnic origin and Tajiks in certain parts of Kyrgyzstan due to the prior Soviet policies.
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