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22 February
Tien Shan Trail Race marathon 2022
Dear Friends,

We are pleased to inform that Ak-Sai Travel is going to hold the IV International trail running competition – “Tien-Shan Trail Race”, which will take place from 10 to 12 of June, 2022, in the picturesque tract of Char-Kuduk, Tyup district, Issyk-Kul province, at the base camp “Karkyra” (2200 m asl).

Distances are designed for participants with a variety of levels of training. Professional athletes can run half or full marathon distances (21 and 42 km) to compete with the strongest marathon runners. And fans of a healthy lifestyle will be able to overcome distances of 3/10 km and enjoy the unique landscapes of the Karkyra Valley. The event will be accompanied by interactive games and competitions, as well as an evening show program.

Goals of the event:

  • Popularization of mountain tourism and promotion of a healthy lifestyle
  • Development of International friendly sports relations
  • Attraction of athletes from abroad and exchange of experience
  • Promotion of the nature of Kyrgyzstan, clean air, picturesque rivers and mountain forests.

Ak-Sai Travel Company has prepared the unique tour dedicated to the Tien Shan Trail Race marathon with guaranteed departure dates, which will be held from 5 to 14 of June, 2022. During this tour you will be able to get acquainted with the culture of Kyrgyzstan and take part in one of the most grandiose sports festivals.

You can get more detailed information by writing to reisen@ak-sai.com or on our website following the link.

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27 January
Visa Free regime in Kazakhstan for 54 countries.

Dear friends, dear colleagues!

We are glad to share with you the long-awaited news from Kazakhstan! Starting from January 1st, 2022, a visa-free regime is restored for up to 30 days for citizens of the following countries:

  1. Australia
  2. Austria
  3. Bahrain
  4. Belgium
  5. Bulgaria
  6. Vatican
  7. Great Britain
  8. Hungary
  9. Vietnam
  10. Germany
  11. Greece
  12. Denmark
  13. Israel
  14. Indonesia
  15. Ireland
  16. Iceland
  17. Spain
  18. Italy
  19. Canada
  20. Qatar
  21. Cyprus
  22. Colombia
  23. Kuwait
  24. Latvia
  25. Lithuania
  26. Liechtenstein
  27. Luxembourg
  28. Malaysia
  29. Malta
  30. Mexico
  31. Monaco
  32. Netherlands
  33. New Zealand
  34. Norway
  35. Oman
  36. Poland
  37. Portugal
  38. Romania
  39. Saudi Arabia
  40. Singapore
  41. Slovakia
  42. Slovenia
  43. USA
  44. Thailand
  45. Philippines
  46. Finland
  47. France
  48. Croatia
  49. Czech
  50. Chile
  51. Switzerland
  52. Sweden
  53. Estonia
  54. Japan

However, for the period of quarantine restrictions in Kazakhstan, there are special requirements for the procedure for foreign citizens to cross the state border. It is required to obtain a special entry permit, which is issued by the Interdepartmental Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In the absence of such permission, the visitor may be denied to enter into the country.

But this permission is not required to be obtained for all countries. The permission of the Interdepartmental Commission is not required for citizens of those countries with which Kazakhstan has resumed direct regular flights, namely: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Hungary, Vietnam, Germany, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Netherlands, UAE, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, South Korea.

If tourists cross the border of the Republic of Kazakhstan by land, then an additional permission of the Interdepartmental Commission is required for all countries without exception. The necessary document is drawn up by the inviting party, which undertakes to:

– follow the sanitary and quarantine requirements of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

– all expenses in case of deportation (ex. due to the violation of sanitary and quarantine standards).

Today, the general situation in Kazakhstan is stable. We believe that the tourism sector will finally come back with the new visa regulation. Railway and avia traffic has been fully restored. Entry into the country is carried out only with a PCR test certificate (valid for 72 hours), regardless of the presence of a vaccination certificate.

At the same time, we kindly ask you to be up-to-date on the requirements at the Embassy of Kazakhstan in your country. And we will keep you updated too.

Sincerely,

Team Ak-Sai Travel

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11 January
State Historical Museum has been opened, Karakol town, visa free in Tajikistan – News 2022.

Dear friends,

Ak-Sai Travel continues operation and enters 2022 with fresh vitality. We are in expectation of the next tourist season, preparing for new challenges and discoveries. Kyrgyzstan is open to entry; the visa-free regime has remained unchanged since the days before COVID-19. The situation in the country is stable, no restrictions are imposed on normal life, quarantine is not applied to arriving passengers. The PCR-test is still required to enter the country even with a vaccination certificate, but we think this is a temporary measure that will be lifted before the start of the tourist season.

Generally speaking, our doors are open to everyone. In the meanwhile, I would like to share some interesting news that took place recently:

  1. We are pleased to announce that our State Historical Museum in Bishkek has reopened after 5 years of renovation work. A new modern exhibition is already waiting for everyone on hourly-based excursions, and an audio guide with a choice of language will allow you to study the history of Kyrgyzstan in whatever language you speak.
  2. Our wonderful Karakol town (eastern part of the Lake Issyk Kul) became the cultural capital of the CIS in 2022. According to the information department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, Karakol took over after the city of Dushanbe (the capital of the Republic of Tajikistan), and now it is expected to hold a huge number of cultural and humanitarian events aimed at discover the potential of the city, drawing attention to its rich heritage.
  3. We also want to share a good news from the neighbor Tajikistan. Starting from the new year (January 1st, 2022), citizens of another 52 countries can cross the state border of Tajikistan without a visa. This is a great news in the post-Covid time that gives additional advantages to the Central Asian region and opens up even more possibilities for combining tours to several countries.
The introduction of a unilateral visa-free regime from January 1 applies to citizens of the following countries:

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

Even more interesting news are waiting for us in 2022. We will keep you posted!
Best regards,
Ak-Sai Travel team

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2 November
New countries added to the List to cross an overland border.

Good news for tourism came up.

Today, the order of the Ministry of Health (dated by July 16, 2021) has expanded the List, according to which tourists from 67 countries can arrive in Kyrgyzstan by land.

Before, the List included only 33 countries, now it includes 34 additional countries:

  1. Russian Federation
  2. Georgia
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Armenia
  5. Belarus
  6. Kazakhstan
  7. Turkmenistan
  8. Belgium
  9. Austria
  10. United Kingdom
  11. Germany
  12. Ireland
  13. Iceland
  14. Italy
  15. Latvia
  16. Lithuania
  17. Liechtenstein
  18. Luxemburg
  19. Portugal
  20. Turkey
  21. Switzerland
  22. Sweden
  23. Qatar
  24. UAE
  25. China
  26. Malaysia
  27. South Korea
  28. Pakistan
  29. Slovenia
  30. Kuwait
  31. Japan
  32. Uzbekistan
  33. Hungary
  34. Albania
  35. Bulgaria
  36. Cyprus
  37. Macedonia
  38. Mexico
  39. Thailand
  40. Romania
  41. Netherlands
  42. Israel
  43. Poland
  44. Finland
  45. Croatia
  46. ​​Norway
  47. Czech Republic
  48. Singapore
  49. Denmark
  50. Canada
  51. Estonia
  52. Maldives
  53. Argentina
  54. France
  55. Montenegro
  56. United States of America
  57. Greece
  58. Spain
  59. Slovakia
  60. Malta
  61. Serbia
  62. San Marino
  63. Bangladesh
  64. Saudi Arabia
  65. Iran
  66. Vietnam
  67. Oman.

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13 October
The end of the touristic season 2021

Here is the end of the touristic season of 2021. We would like to conclude and get ready for the standard quiet winter period.

In comparison to 2020, the year of pandemic, uncertainty and complete stop of travels, 2021 restarted tourism and granted new opportunities for travel. For luck, our country opened its borders to the world that helped to earn certain part of attention from the world touristic society that in its turn helped to the big number of travelers from the countries of CIS and far abroad to come to Kyrgyzstan and visit our mountains, lakes and sights of the Great Silk Road.

In 2021, Ak-Sai Travel managed to organize many cultural-historical tours as well as active outdoor trips like trekking and climbing to the most famous 7-thousanders – Khan Tengri, Pobeda and Lenin peaks.

In September, representatives of Ak-Sai Travel committed two working trips to conduct important business negotiations in Emirates (Dubai and Sharjah) and Uzbekistan (Tashkent, Samarkand and Bukhara).

We are super happy that tourism come alive in the world and in our country. We are 200% sure that 2022 will become even more interesting and active to grant many new emotions from the long waited travels. By the way, Ak-Sai Travel is getting ready to the winter season and planning to organize something very special. Please follow us in Instagram and Facebook to be updated regularly. We impatiently wait for the new meetings and wish everybody more bright impressions and positive emotions.

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25 June
“Tien Shan Trail Race” Marathon

Last weekend (June 18-20), the third annual Tien Shan Trail Race marathon finally took place. We have been waiting for a long time this event, since we failed to hold it in 2020 for well-known reasons. 🙂

Our marathon took place in Char Kuduk track, of the valley Karkyra, at the altitude 2200 m asl. This event can be rewarded with a title of the “Most drive and true sport performance of 2021” for sure, as our participants for the mentioned 3 days not only ran marathon in one of the most spectacular place of our Republic, but also trained yoga, walked in the mountains and ride horses. At the closing ceremony there was a concert of the famous Stand Up comedians of Kyrgyzstan and popular group “ENOT MC”, finishing with the colorful fireworks.

There were about 200 people from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Russia that took part at the marathon. Today, you can check results of all distances at the www.trail.kg website.

Here below please check several photos from the marathon Tien Shan Trail Race. We are not saying “Good bye”, we are saying “See you next year…..” 🙂

Best regards, Ak-Sai Travel

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11 June
Successful completion of guides-interpreters training course from Ak-Sai Travel.

As you know, Ak-Sai Travel company annually conducts guides-interpreters training course. And 2020 wasn’t an exception, but pandemic ruined all plans and didn’t allow us to finish courses in time.

But we didn’t give up, showed patience and returned back to the final stage of training this spring. And today, finally, we managed to finish courses and congratulate students with successful completion. It wasn’t easy, but all participants showed perseverance, fortitude and incredible endurance.

Thanks all very much for taking part in, students and tutors faced with unforeseen circumstances, but passed through all difficulties with honor and came out as winners.

Below some photographs from the past mini awarding ceremony. 🙂

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1 June
There is a new AMSBIO PCR-lab has started its operation at the “Manas” International airport.

At the main airport of Kyrgyzstan – Manas, on the 31st of August, 2021, there is a new AMSBIO PCR-lab has started its operation where it’s possible to pass urgent type of analysis for COVID-19.

Working time of the new lab from 8:00 am till 6:00 pm. It’s situated on the second floor of the main terminal of the airport.

Advantages of the lab AMSBIO:

  • 100% guaranteed result, as the new equipment and reagents will be in use, that has no analogs in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.
  • Due to the new facilities of the lab, PCR test can be organized in urgent regime: 1,5-2 hours for 3499 Soms (about 40 USD subject to change) and 4-5 hours for 2399 Soms (about 30 USD subject to change)
  • Results of the AMSBIO lab are guaranteed and will allow to leave the country in any direction as the lab has been accredited by the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyz Republic.
  • All results can be received at the web-site amsbiolab.kg or print 3-languages certificate on the 1st floor of the airport.

It takes to say that Korean company AMSBIO is going to develop the network of labs in Kyrgyzstan. Laboratory researches of PCR will be operated on the brand new facilities of the latest generation with modern reagents. Current equipment is able to recognize all strains of COVID-19 and widely use in all developed counties like USA, Korea, Russia etc.

Information provided by: http://www.airport.kg/press-center/news/755

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20 May
Touristic Road-show “Kyrgyzstan – Finland 2021”

Last Tuesday, 18th of May, 2021, under the UNDP Central Asia Trade Facilitation Project there was a tourist road show KYRGYZSTAN-FINLAND 2021 with the participation of representatives of tour operators from the Kyrgyz Republic and Finland, as well as the Ambassador of Finland to The Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic (at the same time) Ms. Soili Mäkeläinen-Bukhanist, also Program Advisor to the UNDP Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. E. Kasybekov that took place at the Hyatt Regency in Bishkek.

During the event, the director of the Tourism Department at the Ministry of Economy and Finances of Kyrgyz Republic S. Shatmanov noted that the foreign tourists are interested in travel potential and touristic resources of Kyrgyzstan that give us the right to involve trade unions and tourism associations of other countries. Today we face with the task to rebuilt step by step and develop tourism sector considering epidemiological situation in the country. The level of tourism defines the economic development of people, especially in the countryside.

Ak-Sai Travel company took part in this Road-Show, conducted B2B meetings with tour operators from Finland and wants to express gratitude to the UNDP organization in Kyrgyz Republic and hope for the fruitful cooperation in sphere of international tourism.

Ak-Sai Travel
UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic
Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators
Kyrgyz Community Based Tourism Association

 

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28 April
Digest of news from the world of tourism.

Today, we’ve prepared for you a small digest of interesting news from the world of tourism.

We start from the interesting statistic in Russia. After the announcement of 10 days of May vacations, the number of visits on web-sites of searching air and train tickets doubled more than twice. Temps of purchasing also has been increased, especially in the period from 22 to 25th of April.
Top-5 destinations in Russia for May vacations looks next: Simferopol, Sochi, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg and Mineralnye Vody.

Meanwhile, the majority of the Israel population has been vaccinated. In bound with this the country counts not only to restart international tourism in full, but also return to the familiar to the local tour operators practice of subsidizing flights to the resort city Eilat in the next Autumn-Winter season. All tour operators will get compensation for each tourist they bring in the period from the 1st of September 2021 till 31st of May, 2022. The sum of subsidy for each tourist – 60 Euro.

And a little bit about achievements of the domestic tourism in the Great Britain. This is the second year in a row, when UK experience the surge of the domestic tourism. And it is big enough to face with the catastrophic lack of available places in UK hotels and camping facilities. By the way prices are sky-high. And all this because people in UK don’t know whether it will be possible to travel abroad this summer.
Interesting that holiday “Boom” leads to the point that resting areas for tents or houses-on-the-wheels appear at the different spots including lands of the majestic mansions or on the ex-hippodromes, that warm up the interest of the local touristic community.

Information provided by https://www.tourprom.ru/

 

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22 April
Overland crossing the State border of Kyrgyz Republic on a car!

Summer is coming as well as the time of vacations. Starting from the May holidays people get more and more reasons to go for resting to the neighbor cities or even counties. In this difficult for all of us time, Kyrgyzstan keeps its overland and air borders open that allow to visit us for several days to see closest beautiful canyons or magnificent Issyk Kul lake. Currently, the life in Kyrgyzstan goes on, lots of new sport and international business events are getting ready. Our respectful Central Asian neighbors as well as travelers from Russia sometimes consider overland crossing easier/convenient/cheaper/faster than flight. So, in this article we would like to inform about available crossing points and rules of enter on the own car.

According to the dates of State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyz Republic next crossing points are in operation:

Kazakh – Kyrgyz border (main crossing points for Russia)

  • “Ak-Jol”, “Ak-Tilek”, “Chaldybar”, “Chon Kapka”, “Karkyra” (Kegen).
  • “Tokmok” – only for people and won vehicles (no cargo transfer allowed)
  • “Ken Bulun” only for empty cargo vehicles (without passengers).

Kyrgyz – Uzbek crossing point

  • “Dostuk” (Dostlick).

Crossing points with other countries are still closed for crossing by civilians and vehicles due to the pandemic restrictions.

What documents it takes to have to cross overland border:

  • Passport
  • Driving license
  • Passport of the vehicle
  • Negative PCR-test (72 hours prior)

Due to the information of the press-department of State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyz Republic, citizens of the neighbor countries (that is free from visa obtainments) can enter Kyrgyzstan with no limits and registrations for 30 days.

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15 April
Ak-Sai Travel’s 23rd birthday!

Today, Ak-Sai Travel company celebrates its 23rd birthday. It’s not a jubilee year, but quite specific! 🙂

In numerology, the magic of the number 23 match with the skill of finding the way out from any situation, predict difficulties and pass through with success. From the side the number 23 looks like something magical, indescribable because it seems that the solution of problems appeared on the snap of your fingers.

Passed year was difficult enough for all tourism, but we are quite optimistic, confident in our strength and approach creatively to all solutions. Next 365 days will be followed by the number 23 that will help us to emerge victory at any complicated situation. Our skills to turn circumstances to our disposal will be powered 100 times. 🙂

We wish to our team stay strong, brave and skillful. Never give up, go straight forward, passing by all troubles easily! We are a team, we are a family – nothing can stop us. Happy birthday Ak-Sai Travel!

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