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Wildlife encounters in Kyrgyzstan

Getting up close to wildlife and birds in their natural habitat is one of the great joys of hiking. Although the number of predators, some of which are protected, is constantly increasing, aggressive or violent encounters with the population in Kyrgyzstan is very rare.

The code of conduct we have adopted is as follows:

  • Do not feed the animals. Feeding wild animals can put you at risk of injury or worse.
  • Don't touch any wild animals you see. It's not safe for you or for them.
  • Don't get too close. Believe it or not, you are on their territory. Most wild animals don't like you invading their space.
  • Do not provoke or frighten animals. Wild animals are unpredictable and even though he looks innocent, he will protect himself at all costs.
  • Don't stray off the trail after dark.
  • Don't surprise a mother who is with her babies.
  • Do not leave any litter in a camp or around the camp. Dump rubbish far enough away from camp or from a path, or bury it.

What to do if you encounter a wild animal

Snake, scorpions and spiders: Back off! The most common poisonous snakes in Kyrgyzstan are pit vipers. There are also scorpions and tarantulas. Give them as much space as possible. Be calm and quiet and move away from the area. If you are bitten, try to take a picture of the animal and go as soon as possible to the nearest hospital, Kyrgyz hospitals have the antidotes in their possession. You can avoid snakes by checking logs and rocks before sitting down. Do not put your hands in logs or large piles of stones. When stepping over a log, do so with care.

Boar: give him space. Unless he has a baby nearby, he'll probably leave you alone. Stay calm, continue your journey in an opposite direction, without looking at him. Don't run unless he charges at you, zigzags, or climbs a tree.

Bear: Back up slowly if he hasn't seen you. If he saw you, talk to him softly. If he charges, act like the predator, not the prey. Often a bear charge will be a bluff. If the bear makes contact with you, drop to the ground and play dead by covering your neck with your hands and your face with your elbows. Play dead longer than you think because a bear will try to sniff you. Getting up too early will attract the bear's attention again. In the rare event a bear begins to bite you, fight back with all you have.

Snow panther or wolf: Cases of attacks are so rare that the wild cat would be more dangerous. If you come face to face with an individual, stand up straight and make loud noises while backing up slowly. You have to play the role of a predator. Do not turn your back, run, or crouch to pick up anything in front of the animal. If it attacks you, retaliate and protect your head and neck.

Ticks:From May to October ticks wake up from their hibernation and go in search of fresh prey. In the spring, it is therefore not uncommon during a walk in the forest to be bitten by one of these blood-thirsty mites that live in forests, tall grass and bushes. Preventive measures are knowledge of where ticks can be found, dress to cover your body, check your body every day, especially the hairy parts. A tick bite is not to be taken lightly since these little beasts can carry many bacteria, including the one responsible for Lyme disease. If you have been bitten by a tick, remove the tick entirely, with tick tweezers if possible, then with the tick if possible, check the rest of the body and especially the hairy parts, disinfect, go to the doctor as soon as possible close, then watch yourself, symptoms usually appear after a week.

In the majority of cases, encounters with wild animals are not a problem. While you are on the trail it is fun to see animals. But you should always use common sense and know what to do if an animal encounter goes away.

Supara restaurant & ethno complex

The Ethno Complex Supara is a unique and unforgettable dining experience in Bishkek, offering a taste of traditional Kyrgyz cuisine in a truly authentic and immersive setting. This stunning restaurant is housed within the world's largest yurt, a beautifully crafted and spacious structure that spans 350 square meters. Here, diners can enjoy a truly unique dining experience surrounded by the beauty of traditional Kyrgyz culture and design.

In addition to its main yurt, the Ethno Complex Supara also features different size yurts which is perfect for special celebrations such as weddings, "kyz uzatuu" (the bride-viewing ceremony), and "tushoo-toi" (the celebration of a child's first steps). Whether you're looking to celebrate a special occasion or simply want to experience authentic Kyrgyz cuisine, the Ethno Complex Supara is the perfect destination.

Beyond the yurts, the Ethno Complex Supara also features a variety of other traditional structures, including stone, clay, and straw houses, as well as summer guest seats known as "topchans." These structures serve to create an atmosphere of true cultural immersion, allowing visitors to experience the traditional way of life of Kyrgyz people while they dine.

The name of the Ethno Complex Supara was a source of much contemplation and discussion, with dozens of different names being considered over the course of almost a year. However, the name "Supara" was ultimately chosen at the last moment, just a week before the complex's registration. Supara is an ancient leather tablecloth and, as the name suggests, perfectly embodies the traditional and authentic spirit of the restaurant.

Whether you're a food lover, culture enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique and unforgettable dining experience, the Ethno Complex Supara is a must-visit destination. Come and enjoy the rich flavors and cultural traditions of Kyrgyz cuisine in a truly breathtaking setting.

Be sure to try the following three recommendations:

Beshbarmak: This is a classic Kyrgyz dish that consists of boiled meat (usually beef or horse meat) served with pasta or potatoes. It's a hearty and comforting dish that's perfect for a cold winter day.

Jamby: A type of dumpling filled with lamb and spices, Jamby is a delicious and satisfying dish that is popular in Kyrgyz cuisine.

Kurdak: This is a type of meat and potato stew that is slow-cooked in a clay pot until the ingredients are perfectly tender and flavorful. It's a warm and comforting dish that is perfect for a cold day.

These dishes are just a few examples of the delicious and authentic Kyrgyz cuisine that you can experience at the Ethno Complex Supara. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this restaurant is sure to offer a truly unforgettable dining experience.

Alamedin region,
Kok-Jar village,
1a Karagul Akmata Str.
+996 (555) 465051

Dos and dont's in Kyrgyzstan

These will help you be prepared and have a wonderful tour in multi-cultural and multi-religious country. Around 80 different ethnic groups are living in harmony. Here's a list of things to do and not do when traveling to Kyrgyzstan:

To Do:

  • Research and familiarize yourself with Kyrgyzstan's culture and customs before your trip.
  • Bring warm clothing, as Kyrgyzstan can be quite cold also in summer higher than 1000 meters altitude.
  • Learn a few basic phrases in Kyrgyz or Russian to help you communicate with locals.
  • Try traditional Kyrgyz dishes such as beshbarmak.
  • Respect local customs, including dressing correctly when visiting religious sites.
  • Bring enough cash with you, as credit card usage is limited in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Take a free SIM card at your arrival and register to stay connected while traveling around the country (a month with internet without limit cost around 10$)
  • Respect and respect the environment, particularly when trekking or hiking, leave no trace and follow the principle of low impact tourism
  • Before taking photos of tourist sites (historical buildings, mosques etc.) and local people, make sure to seek the consent of the responsible person/people. Ask your guide if you are not sure.

Not To Do:

  • Do not take photographs of military or government buildings without permission.
  • Do not expect Western-style amenities in all parts of the country.
  • Do not offend locals by dressing immodestly or showing disrespect for their culture or customs.
  • Do not offer to shake hands or give gifts with your left hand, as it is considered impure.
  • Do not be tempted to buy counterfeit or illegal goods.
  • Do not ignore local laws, regulations and rules in national park, wilderness or protected areas
  • Do not feed or approach wild animals, respect wildlife and their natural habitat
  • Do not litter or leave trash behind, bring a bag and pack out your trash

Citizens of 110 countries will be able to travel to Tajikistan without visa.

In order to attract more investment and in order to increase tourist arrivals, the Tajik government has decreed a new list of 52 countries, including most of the European countries. This new list will become effective from January 1, 2022. 

The period of stay of such persons in the territory of Tajikistan by a government decree is set at 30 days.

Currently, Tajikistan has a bilateral visa-free regime (or with a visa on arrival) from 58 countries of the world. 

The introduction of a unilateral visa-free regime from January 1st applies to citizens of the following countries of the world:

1. Australia
2. United Arab Emirates
3. Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
4. State of Brunei Dorusalam
5. State of Kuwait
6. State of Qatar
7. New Zealand
8. United States of America
9. Iceland
10. Canada
11. Swiss Confederation
12. Malaysia
13. Hungary
14. Austrian Republic
15. Argentine Republic
16. Federal Republic of Germany
17. Dominican Republic
18.Republic of Indonesia
19. Italian Republic
20.Republic of Korea
21. Republic of Cuba
22. Republic of Latvia
23. Republic of Lithuania
24. Maldives
25. Republic of Poland
26. Portuguese Republic
27. Republic of Singapore
28. Turkish Republic
29. Republic of the Philippines
30. Republic of Finland
31. French Republic
32. Republic of Croatia
33. Czech Republic
34. Republic of Chile
35. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
36. Republic of Ecuador
37. Republic of Estonia
38. Hellenic Republic
39. Principality of Liechtenstein
40. Principality of Monaco
41. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
42. Kingdom of Bahrain
43. Kingdom of Belgium.
44. Kingdom of Denmark
45. Kingdom of Spain
46. ​​Kingdom of the Netherlands
47. Kingdom of Norway
48. Kingdom of Thailand
49. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
50. Kingdom of Sweden
51. Jamaica
52. Japan

For more information, contact us.

Visa for Afghanistan

Since the 2021 political changes, some embassies or consulates are no longer able to provide visas. To date, we know that it is possible to obtain a tourist visa at the Afghan Embassy in Roma, Berlin, London, Bishkek, Islamabad and Dubai. Call the consulates for any updates.

Tourist visas are granted to all foreign nationals who intend to visit Afghanistan for tourism or for visiting their friends and family. Tourist visas are valid for 3 months with a single entry. The period of stay in Afghanistan 30 days within the validity period. All visas for Afghanistan are issued on a valid passport. We do not issue visas for travel document holders.

How to Apply

Please call the nearest consulate to be informed about the lastest update

Embassy in London : In Person

  1. Prepare the required documents
  2. Book an appointment online
  3. Applicant must be present at the time of submission

What documents you need to apply

  1. Duly completed and signed Visa Application Form (Afghan Embassy in London) 
  2. One standard passport size photo
  3. Valid Passport
  4. Proof of Address
  5. Itinerary from a registered travel agency in Afghanistan including details of flights, accommodation addresses and places you will be visiting. 
  6. Invitation letter 
  7. Personal statement explaining the purpose of the visit and confirming the risks involved in travelling to Afghanistan.  


The price of visas can be different from one consulate to another. You can contact the consulate to inquire.

£200 Single entry visa with 3 months validity 30-day Stay; No cash payments- CARD ONLY

Processing Time

  •   7 working days

Important Information

  • Tourist visas are not extendable and non-convertible
  • All fees paid for the visa application are non-refundable irrespective of the outcome of the application. The validity of the visa begins from the issue date of the visa


Instruction for tourists in Afghanistan

The country has seen political and social changes, which requires usto operate in a way to respect the norms and values while making the tour a worthwhile experience for our guests where they feel most welcome.

We present the considerations below for our guests with respect to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Information and Culture recommendations for international tourists. These will help you be prepared and have a wonderful tour in our country:

• You’re responsible for the travel insurance, which should cover any activities you plan to undertake from driving to climbing.
• Make sure to have a photocopy of your passport in case you’re asked to submit it upon arrival or any time during the travel. Meanwhile, make sure to keep and look after your passport while traveling anywhere within the country.
• Keep in contact with family and friends in your home country. We suggest sharing a copy of your tour itinerary with return flight schedules, names of the cities, and accommodation arrangements.
• Dress locally. We advise having loose-fitting long-sleeved dresses and women to have a scarf that covers the head and shoulders. T-shirts and sleeveless dresses are prohibited to everyone across the country and especially going into the villages and city markets.
• Please do not carry excess and expensive jewelry. If you wish to buy souvenirs in Afghanistan, buy from the stores/ handicraft shops which are authorized and that sell legally. In addition, buying or exporting historical antiquities without a receipt and from an unauthorized dealer is considered illegal; therefore, always ask your travel guide for advice.
• Alcohol is not allowed in the country so make sure not to carry alcohol or anything that can cause you trouble at arrival. Meanwhile, the use of narcotics is prohibited in the country FYI.
• Please keep cash with you and a money belt. The Debit/ Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard etc.) do not operate in Afghanistan. You can either convert into Afghani in your home country or at the airport in Kabul. You can also ask the tour guide to help with currency conversion upon arrival.
• Always travel with a local tour guide. This includes travel to the tourist attractions, villages, local markets etc.
• Before taking photos of tourist sites (historical buildings, mosques etc.) and local people, make sure to seek the consent of the responsible person/ people. Taking photos of government buildings, military personnel, and military installations is prohibited.
• Women travelers/ tourists should avoid hand-shake with the local men and vice versa. It is a cultural and religious practice not a health and safety concern.
• Avoid traveling late evening or midnight and always ask the driver/ guide about the route. We advise you to always take the route as per the driver/ travel guide for safety purposes.
• Carry hand sanitizers, sunscreen, water, and snacks while traveling within the country. The road travel can be long but the scenery/ landscape is wonderful.
• Homosexuality is prevented in Afghanistan; therefore, we advise avoiding any such expression in public that can cause trouble.
• Pack a night before your flight and have a good rest. 

Last update : January 11th, 2023 

Instruction for tourists in China

Identity checks
The police carry out random identity checks. If you are unable to provide proper identification, you risk a fine or detention.

Always carry adequate identification documents, such as your passport and visa or valid residence permit; Keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place in case you lose it or have it confiscated. If your passport is lost or stolen, go to the nearest police station or Public Security Bureau to report the incident and get information on the visa replacement procedure.

If you renew your passport while in China, you must promptly register your new passport with the authorities. If you don't, you risk a fine.

In mainland China and Macau, there are no restrictions on the consumption of alcohol that is over the counter. However, the state of intoxication is punished in the event of disturbing public order and indecent or unethical acts (several cases of foreigners imprisoned for one to three days have been reported). In Hong Kong, the sale of alcohol is prohibited to those under the age of 18.

Local regulations must be observed under penalty of prosecution. Taking photographs is prohibited in the vicinity of official enclosures, in particular military sites, as well as on certain sites (which may not be marked). It is also limited in places of worship.

Importing drones requires a prior customs declaration. Drones must be registered with the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration. It is important to inquire about the regulations regarding their use as there are many local restrictions.

The use of GPS has become widespread in China, where many cars are equipped with it. The recording of geographic coordinates in sensitive or restricted areas is, however, prohibited and liable to fines or even arrest.

Political / activist activities
Any political / militant activity should be abstained at the risk of exposing oneself to heavy sanctions (imprisonment, deportation, ban on returning to China).

The removal of any antiquity from the territory is prohibited.

Uses and customs
It is recommended to adopt an attitude and dress respectful of local customs. Covering outfits are preferred.

Means of payment
The means of payment must be kept in a safe place. It is also strongly recommended that you have sufficient cash on your person and separately to deal with loss or theft of means of payment. The provision of cash (Western Union, money order for example) is only possible on a bank account opened in China (personal account or account of a third party).

Instruction for tourists in Kazakhstan

Laws and customs
You must comply with local laws.

Identity checks
Identity checks are common, and police arrest visitors who do not have identification documents on them. Always carry a photo ID with you as well as a certified copy of your visa and registration.

Store your passport and visa in a safe place.
Leave a photocopy of your travel documents with a loved one.
Keep a digital copy of your ID and travel documents.

Car driving
You must have an international driving license.

Illegal and regulated activities
A zero tolerance policy applies to drinking and driving.
Possession, use and trafficking of narcotic drugs are punishable by prison terms and heavy fines.
The importation of prescription drugs is restricted.

Visitors who photograph military installations and government buildings face penalties. Before taking pictures, get permission from local authorities.

Kazakhstan is a secular state, but the practices and beliefs of Islam are widespread there. It is in the rural areas that they are most faithfully respected. Dress and behave with common sense and discretion, and respect religious and social traditions so as not to offend the locals.

LGBTQ2 travelers
Although Kazakhstan's laws do not prohibit same-sex sexual acts, homosexuality is not socially accepted.

LGBTQ2 travelers should carefully consider the risks of traveling to Kazakhstan.

The currency is the tenge (KZT).

Generally, you have to pay in cash. It is illegal to use a foreign currency for financial transactions.

Travelers' checks are rarely accepted outside of large hotels with international clients. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere in urban areas. Euros and US dollars can be changed at approved exchange offices. All US banknotes must have been issued after 1995 and be in good condition. When you cross the border, you must declare any cash over US $ 3,000.

There are many ATMs in Almaty and Nur-Sultan, and there are more and more of them in urban centers across the country. Only certain ATMs accept debit cards that use the Plus system.

Instruction for tourists in Turkmenistan

Here is some useful information before traveling to Turkmenistan.

Pictures :
It is strictly forbidden to photograph buildings considered to be strategic, as well as the guards assigned to their protection (eg: presidential palace, ministries, airports, military or police installations, etc.).

Before taking any pictures, it is best, as a courtesy, to make sure that there are no particular restrictions by talking to the police and guards on the streets and near official buildings.

Uses and customs:
Turkmenistan is a secular state where Sunni Islam, the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church are legally registered.

It is recommended to adopt an attitude respectful of local customs and to keep in mind that cultural differences can lead to an erroneous interpretation of certain behaviors.

The USD / Turkmen manat exchange rate is fixed: 1 USD = 3.50 new manats.

It is advisable, before entering Turkmenistan, to bring dollars in cash, preferring recent banknotes in good condition. It is possible to change money at official exchange points, hotels, banks, as well as some stores. However, it is very difficult to change euros.

International vending machines are rare in Turkmenistan. It is only possible to withdraw money with an international card at the following locations (with a commission).

The use of bank cards as a means of payment is very limited (outside of hotels). Payments are usually made in manat, with the exception of hotel rooms and airline tickets (USD). Entrances to museums and historic sites are to be paid in dollars for non-residents.

Money transfers are possible via Western Union.

Tourism development in Turkmenistan is still limited and infrastructure is still scarce.

Instruction for tourists in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is the most touristic country in Central Asia and you will feel safe. They speak Uzbek, Russian, and few people speak English.

The majority are Muslim, but you don’t have to have a particular dress code. In Tashkent, one feels like in Europe, but in the countryside religious traditions are better respected.

It can be very cold in winter and very hot in summer. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to explore this huge country.

In hotels, you will receive a "registration card". This is a receipt that shows the number of nights you spent at this hotel. When you leave the country, you will have to show them to the immigration officers.

Code of conduct:

The Uzbek people are a friendly and forgiving people, especially for foreigners who are not necessarily familiar with local customs. However, some knowledge about the host country’s culture can help you be respectful and make friends during your trip.


  • Take off your shoes to enter a mosque or house.
  • Respect seniors by giving them the right of way and the first seats on buses, tables and near tourist sites.
  • Confirm rates with taxi drivers prior to taking the car to avoid paying more than you negotiated.
  • Men shake hands when greeting.
  • Take permission to photograph someone before doing photo.


  • Leave the bread on the floor or place it on the table upside down.
  • Blow your nose hard in public, it is considered rude.
  • Speak very loudly in public, especially near religious venues.
  • It is not customary to shake hands with women to greet, it is enough to greet verbally or to bow your head slightly.
  • Take a picture of public buildings, military buildings, airports and subways.

Uzbekistan is a friendly country and you will love it!

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