Before you go
All restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic have been lifted for all arriving in Uzbekistan
According to the decision of the Republican Special Commission, from June 10, 2022, temporary restrictions related to the coronavirus will be lifted on entering Uzbekistan by air, border stations and border checkpoints.
In this regard, the rules requiring foreign tourists to provide a negative PCR test result for coronavirus, a rapid test for coronavirus antigens and a vaccination certificate or passport are canceled.
The commission took into account the dynamics of the spread of the coronavirus in Uzbekistan, the number of hospitalized and discharged patients, a positive development in the number of citizens quarantined, as well as the epidemiological situation in the country, WHO recommendations and the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Heritage.
Kyrgyzstan to cancel PCR tests and vaccination certificates at border crossing on May 1
Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Edil Bayzalov held a regular meeting of the operational headquarters to combat the spread of coronavirus infection and eliminate its consequences.
As a result of the meeting, a decision was made on May 1 to abolish the mandatory requirement to have a negative PCR test or vaccination certificate when crossing the border of Kyrgyzstan.
The regional plenipotentiaries of the President have been instructed, together with the Ministry of Health, to continue the vaccination campaign.
At the next meeting, the Cabinet will consider the decision to cancel the emergency regime.
Uzbekistan opens for foreign tourists from March 16!
In order to restore tourist flows with foreign countries as soon as possible, according to the decision of the Republican Commission, from March 16, 2022 in Uzbekistan:
* If you have passports/vaccination certificates for coronavirus infection, all persons are allowed to enter without PCR tests. In case of not having passports/ vaccination certificates, a person must have negative PCR test (with an electronic QR code), for a period of no more than 72 hours, or go to express tests when crossing the border or upon arrival on the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan.
* All restrictions on the free passage of citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan and citizens of the Republic of Uzbekistan through all land checkpoints on the border of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the Republic of Kazakhstan are lifted;
* Temporary restrictions for crossing the checkpoints on the border of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the Republic of Tajikistan are lifted. Measures are being taken to reopen all border crossing points.
The system of issuing electronic visas (E – VISA) for foreign citizens is also being resumed.
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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
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
18. Republic of Estonia
20. Argentine Republic
21. French Republic
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
31. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
32. Republic of Iran
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
27. South Korea
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,
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
Places to visit
Mongolia traditional food Mongolia
Mongolian cuisine is quite simple cuisine, mainly limited by the arid regions of the Mongolian Plateau, whether the steppe, which covers most of these regions, the Gobi Desert, the Khangai. Most of the food comes from animals, whether for their meat, fat or dairy products they produce. Millet is the main Mongolian cereal, but barley and wheat are also used. Fruits and vegetables are almost absent from the kitchen.
Petroglyphs, mirror of the peoples of Central Asia
Long neglected by scientists, the study of rock art represents a direct gateway to the imagination of peoples who have lived across the vast natural expanses of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.
Culture in Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Kazakh culture is largely influenced by the Turkish nomadic lifestyle. Islam was introduced in Kazakhstan between the 7th and 12th centuries. Apart from the sheep, many other traditional foods retain symbolic value in Kazakh culture. Kazakh culture is largely influenced by the Turkish nomadic lifestyle and livestock is central to the lifestyle of the Kazakhs. Their habitat is the yurt.
Culture in Afghanistan Afghanistan
The culture of Afghanistan has persisted for over three millennia, dating back at least to the time of the Achaemenid Empire in 550 BCE. It is mainly a tribal society with different regions of the country having their own subculture. Almost all Afghans follow Islamic traditions, celebrate the same holidays, dress the same, eat the same food, listen to the same music, and are multilingual to some extent. Persian culture and architecture is still present. Some Zoroastrian festivals are still celebrated like the New Year "Navruz".
The Tajiks are heavily concentrated in the northeast, but also form large communities elsewhere, such as in western Afghanistan. The Hazaras tend to be mainly concentrated in the central region, while the Uzbeks are mainly in the north. In the southern and eastern region, Pashtuns live in accordance with Pashtun culture and are generally bilingual in Pashto and Dari.
Afghanistan has been the main crossroads of Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East, which has greatly influenced its culture.
Behind the scenes of the documentary "Gerard Depardieu: My Uzbek Dream"
After the documentary "Gerard Depardieu : My Uzbek Dream" was shoot, Arnaud Frilley reveals Uzbekistan, which fascinates with the beauty of its landscapes and cultural richness. Novastan was particularly interested in the role of Uzbeks in the creation of this documentary.
Within the framework of the international Festival of Asian cinema, which took place in Vesule from 1 to 8 February, Arnaud Frilley, director of the documentary "Gerard Depardieu : my Uzbek dream", was able to present his film to the general public. The film premiered in Paris in October 2020 years without film distribution.
Originally conceived in collaboration with Uzbek director Ali Khamraev, the documentary film eventually had to be thought in a different way. " From the first day, Khamrayev and Depardieu did not come to terms on the film. Ali wanted to make a feature film, and we wanted to make a documentary. In addition, he wanted to shoot Depardieu, as in the era of the New Wave film, but Gerard did not want to shoot like 40 years ago," says Arnaud Frilley to Novastan. Unable to use Ali Khamrayev's script, Arnaud Frilley rethought it and decided to leave more space for spontaneity. The director wanted to show the audience a beautiful story telling about Gerard Depardieu's journey through Uzbekistan. The film takes the viewer to the main tourist points of the country: Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara, known for their Silk Road past, and at the same time touches on such problematic topics as the situation in Muynak, located next to what remains of the Aral Sea. Nuanced facets throughout the film, Gerard Depardieu gets acquainted with the population Uzbekistan, its culture, customs, religion and traces left by previous civilizations. Accompanied by local guides, he traveled from city to city, introducing the viewer to the little-known history of this country. This documentary highlights the tourist advantages of the country, revealing its diversity: its cultural wealth, its mythical cities and historical relics, the diversity of its landscapes. Although for some the film may seem like an advertisement for tourists, but for Arnaud Frilley this wealth is a reality. Why not show it? How long will it be possible to save this extremely fragile balance? The director refers to the numerous layers of civilizations that have taken root in Uzbekistan with its Sufi Islam, the philosophy of which is used by the authorities to create a new political model. Arnaud Frilley asks, "How many people actually practice Sufi Islam? Today, traditional Islam is much more widespread among the less educated population.
The independence of the country was marked by the searching of spiritual alternative
of Soviet ideology. In this context, Sufism was declared an "exceptional heritage", political leaders wanted to find an alternative to the aggressiveness and terrorism that political Islam seemed to be approaching. In addition, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, since coming to power in 2016, has made important changes to the new model of society - the "new" Uzbekistan. This development strategy includes various directions, such as reforms in the spiritual and educational spheres aimed at developing a more enlightened society.
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.
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.
Street art in art: The most famous works and the best representatives of style
Street arteries can be compared to futurists who created new art by protesting propaganda and academism. Street artists also blur the lines between professional and non-professional art. And the good of street art in Kyrgyzstan over time is accepted as art, not «vandalism». Most of the work of interesting artists can be found on the walls of buildings or, fences and other places. In this blog we will show you and tell you about murals, as in Bishkek murals occupy a rather interesting part of street art. Murals are large beautiful images on the facades of buildings, usually very colorful. It is impossible to create them without special devices and permission. Mural can also be attributed to public art. Unfortunately, street art is not very well developed and is only gaining popularity. Colorful representatives are street art group «DOXA», Art-group and graffiti artists Basicolors. All right, let’s go!
Fully vaccinated travellers don't have to quarantine upon arrival in Nepal
Nepal is reopening its borders to tourists from all over the world. Here you will find all the information you need to enter the country.
Top 10 things to do in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan
Karakol is a great base camp for day tours or multi-day tours in the mountains near by. The trekking and horseback riding possibilities are limitless and it’s still possible to find places that are untouched by large tour groups. My advice is to spend at least one full day in Karakol to just walk around and enjoy something different than Bishkek, Osh, and Kochkor. I hope you enjoy this blog post about Karakol and the area if you have any questions about the Karakol area get a hold of me. You can enjoy a short film about me here: About Alex
Beyond the Glacier, a short film over the water in Central Asia
Conflicts over water in Central Asia are at the heart of the short film Beyond the Glacier, directed by David Rodríguez Muñiz in 2019. An interesting documentary that takes the form of a journey, from the glaciers of Kyrgyzstan to the sea of Kyrgyzstan. Aral.
CBT Arslanbob KG
Coordination office of CBT Arslanbob leading by Hayat. Our local partner for trekking, horseback riding and ski touring in the region of the largest nuts forest in the world. With Hayat the coordinator of CBT Arslanbob, we are developing new routes and programs. In partnership with the Swiss NGO "Boule de neige", we are supporting winter sport access to children of Arslanbob village.
CBT Talas KG
CBT Talas offers a good alternative to poor housing that can be found in the town of Talas. Turdubek, the coordinator, will be glad to show its oblast. CBT Talas as one the most important ecotouristic actor in Talas is our partner in order to organize the long trek between Talas and Sary Shelek lakes. Ask us for our cultural, horseback riding and trekking's programs.
CBT Chong Kemin KG
Nomad's Land with CBT Chong Kemin offer an amazing trek routes to the Issyk Kul lake. Janybek is the coordinator of the association based in the village of Karol Doeboe
Shepherd's Life Association KG
Shepherd's Life is an ecotourism association founded by Helvetas offering yurt house and homestays on the territory of Naryn. Ainura is the coordinator and office is based in Kochkor. In partnership with the association, Nomad's Land develops new programs and contributes to the training of local tourism employees.
Mountain Cluster Association
Nomad's Land is a member of the Mountain Cluster association which aims to develop tourist infrastructure in the mountains. At the initiative of the governor of Issyk Kul Oblast, a bill has been submitted to the government to guarantee investment in this area.
Babushka Adoption Foundation
The word “Adoption” in the name of our organization means individual sponsorship and financial support to the lonely and desperately needy elder people.
Excursus - Training
The Association of Kyrgyz Tour Guides organizing the training of guides in Kyrgyzstan
Nomad's Land is member of the Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators (KATO).
КАТО is a non-profit organization that defends the corporate interests of its members and the rights of its clients.
The Association’s most important goal is the creation of a civilized tourism market and assistance in the tourism industry development at the national level.
- Creation of a favorable environment for the tourism industry, which is based on globally used principles and standards and will contribute to further economic growth and prosperity in the regions.
– Assistance in protection of environment and animals, territories that have historical, cult, cultural and and environmental significance through the development of responsible recreation, ecological tourism, travel and tourism;
Boule de Neige Association
"Boule de Neige" was born after several friends' stays in the mountains of Central Asia.
Thanks to Samuel Maret, long-established in Kyrgyzstan, these friends, originally from the Valais Alps, have forged lasting links with schools and sports clubs also keen on snowboarding, skiing and other disciplines and winter recreation.
The beneficiaries of our actions thank you for your support.