The borders of the Kyrgyz Republic with neighbouring countries may be subject to closure without notice.Check with local authorities in advance, which border crossings are open and if they are available for Australian nationals to pass through.If arriving from a country known to have a prevalence of yellow fever, present a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to be allowed entry into the Kyrgyz Republic.
Ensure you check your flight details, including whether you need to obtain transit visa for intermediary countries.
Many flights in and out of Kyrgyzstan stopover in Russia.
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Reconsider your need to travel to the Kyrgyz-Uzbek and Kyrgyz-Tajik border areas and the Ferghana Valley.
The security situation in these areas is volatile and there are frequent incidents of violent crime, civil unrest and report of terrorist activity.Kidnapping local women for marriage is an ongoing occurrence in the Kyrgyz Republic, and foreigners could mistakenly fall victim to such kidnappings. Be aware of the risk of drink spiking in the Kyrgyz Republic.Never accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended.Alcoholic drinks can be mixed with harmful substances which can cause sudden loss of consciousness, serious illness, blindness, brain injury or death.In October 2016, multiple embassies located in Bishkek have issued warnings to their citizens of an increased threat of a terrorist attack in the Kyrgyz Republic, possibly involving kidnapping and hostage taking, against Kyrgyz authorities and foreign diplomats. On 30 August 2016, a suicide car bomber rammed the gates of the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek.If considering travel to the border regions with Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, and the Ferghana Valley, read this advice in conjunction with the travel advice for Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.