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New COVID rules in Kyrgyzstan from 21st of January 2022

Hereby, Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Culture,
information, sports and youth policy of the Kyrgyz Republic (hereinafter -Department of Tourism), having considered the letter of 12.01.2022 No. 2 / KATO notifies that the MHSD KR (Order No. 958 dated July 16, 2021) has expanded The list according to which tourists from the following foreign countries are also may arrive on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic by land.

1. Republic of Albania
2. Republic of Bulgaria
3. Republic of Cyprus
4. Republic of North Macedonia
5. United Mexican States
6. Kingdom of Thailand
7. Romania
8. Kingdom of the Netherlands
9. State of Israel
10. Republic of Poland
11. Republic of Finland
12. Republic of Croatia
13. Kingdom of Norway
14. Czech Republic
15. Republic of Singapore
16. Kingdom of Denmark
17. Canada
18. Republic of Estonia
19. Maldives
20. Argentine Republic
21. French Republic
22. Montenegro
23. United States of America;
24. Hellenic Republic
25. Spanish Republic
26. Slovak Republic
27. Republic of Malta
28. Serbian Republic
29. Republic of San Marino
30. Bangladesh
31. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
32. Republic of Iran
33. Vietnam
34. Sultanate of Oman.

Note: Prior to this, the List included only 33 countries, now it includes
34 more countries are included, so today tourists from 67 countries
of the world can arrive in Kyrgyzstan by land vehicles:

1. Russian Federation
2. Georgia
3. Azerbaijan
4. Armenia
5. Belarus
6. Kazakhstan
7. Turkmenistan
8. Belgium
9. Austria
10. UK
11. Germany
12. Ireland
13. Iceland
14. Italy
15. Latvia
16. Lithuania
17. Liechtenstein
18. Luxembourg
19. Portugal
20. Turkey
21. Switzerland
22. Sweden
23. Qatar
24. UAE
25. PRC
26. Malaysia
27. South Korea
28. Pakistan
29. Slovenia
30. Kuwait
31. Japan
32. Uzbekistan
33. Hungary

However, the Department of Tourism informs that on June 8, 2021
by a joint order of the involved state bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic
Republic (MHSD, Department of Tourism under the IEF, MFA, PS SCNS, MTASK and Manas OJSC) approved Algorithms of actions to prevent the importation and the spread of coronavirus infection COVID-19 in relation to citizens of KR, foreign citizens and stateless persons crossing state border of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as persons committing travel on domestic flights.
In accordance with the Algorithms, citizens, including tourists and persons without citizenship, comply with the current sanitary norms and rules for territory of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Upon arrival on the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic with you
you must have negative PCR test results, the period of which is not
exceeds 72 hours from the date of sampling analysis,

OR

a document certifying the receipt of a vaccine against the coronavirus COVID-19 (in paper or digital format). Children from 5 years old, for their safety, parents also provide the above medical documents.


Document certifying receipt of vaccination against COVID-19 applies in case of recognition of the Kyrgyz Republic in the manner prescribed by law or on mutual principles.
In the event of a revision of the Algorithms, the Department of Tourism will notify you early.
Deputy Director K. Kenzhematova

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Nuts from Arslanbob

Arslanbob (Kyrgyz: Арстанбап; Russian: Арсланбоб; Uzbek: Arslanbob) is a village, valley, mountain range, and a large wild walnut forest in the Jalal-Abad Region of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan's first known export to Europe was the Arslanbob walnut. Two waterfalls are located in the area which attract tourists, expats and pilgrims, skiers and other whole year round.
 The population of Arslanbob is from 15 to 25 thousand of people (depending on source). Most of the population are Uzbek, and less than 5% is Kyrgyz, Russian, Tatar, Tajik, Chechen etc… 
 Arslanbob is named after an 11th-century figure, Arslanbob-Ata (alternate: Arstanbap-Ata). He may have been of Arab descent as in that language, Arslan translates to "lion" and bab to "gate", while in Turkic languages, ata means "father of". ergo "father of the lion gate". 'Bob', used as a suffix, is a traditional practice used in the Arslanbob which denotes "a traveler and explorer. 
 According to legend, Alexander the Great took the walnuts from the forest of Arslanbob, and these formed the European plantations. For this reason, the walnut is known as the Greek nut in Russian. Scientific research however shows that the walnut forests around Arslanbob are probably around 1000 years old, and were planted. This corresponds with another local story, that says the forest was planted under the leadership of Arystanbop, who founded the village in his name, and died around 1120 CE.

 The walnut forest is within the 60,000 hectares (150,000 acres) forest situated between the Fergana and Chatkal Mountains. The walnut forest is located at altitudes varying between 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) and 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level on the Fergana range's south-facing slopes. At 11,000 hectares (27,000 acres), the Arslanbob woodland is the largest walnut grove on Earth.
 Behind the village of Arslanbob are the Babash-Ata Mountains. There are two waterfalls nearby. One measures 80 metres (260 ft) high and has a slippery scree slope; it is situated in a cliff face north of the village. Another, to the east, is 23 metres (75 ft) in height and has two prayer caves, one of which is known as the Cave of the 40 Angels.

Legends
A legend has it that a disciple of Prophet Mohamed, on a voyage in search of a heavenly place on earth, found such a place in a scenic valley in Kyrgyzstan. However, as the place lacked any kind of vegetation, he appraised Prophet Mohamed of the situation. The Prophet Mohamed then sent him seeds of many trees to plant there which included walnut. The disciple, Arslanbob, then went up a mountain and scattered the seeds which grew into a garden of trees which he tended. Because of this association with the Prophet Mohamed, Muslims consider this place as sacred. According to local legend, it is said that Arslanbob-Ata's wife "betrayed" him to his enemies which resulted in his death. It is also stated that his footprints, hand prints and bloodstains are also seen here.
Other legends include that Alexander the Great planted the first walnut trees in Arslanbob; and that he carried several sacks of walnuts with him which he had used to pay boatmen to ferry his troops.
Another legend attributes walnut distribution to the Silk Road
The economic activity of the town centres around the walnut. In the walnut season, which lasts for one month during September, the villagers of Arslanbob and other neighbouring villages engage themselves in collecting the nut. For this purpose, they hire a small plot of land for a fee on a five-year lease from the Forest Department. They collect the nuts, fruits and the wood. It is also an occasion of social rejoicing. Walnuts are priced high as they are a source of "oil, protein, anti-oxidants and omega 3 fatty acids». The walnut has served as barter trade in exchange for essential services. The barter practice is still observed in some cases in the villages here to pay fees to the teacher or to travel by bus.

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Rural development in Nepal

The Nepalko Sathi association leads its actions in favor of the Sherpas of Khembalung in the Arun valley (Province of Koshi). Nepalko Sathi

From Tumlingtar airport we reach by jeep the small town of Kahandbari where we are greeted by Kibutie and his family. From there, we climb to the small village of Gontala, in the heart of the actions of Nepalko Sathi (three days of walking), then we go up to Saissima, where Tendi Sherpa is rehabilitating the hamlet of his childhood. From Saissima it is possible to continue and make a loop towards Makalu and the impressive surrounding peaks (under tent).

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