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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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14 April
Business Travels – what is it?

Ak-Sai Travel company moves ahead and keep developing even in the tourism crisis. Life doesn’t want to stay still, always change providing brand new opportunities. In term to be “up to date” it’s necessary to learn new, follow trends and be brave enough for actions. We always search, always listen our friends and partners in Kyrgyzstan and abroad, to get new interesting ideas to realize.

Today, there is one new type of business tourism gets popular – Business Travels.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, WTTC in 2015 the volume of the world business tourism exceeded 1,106 billion USD. At the end of 2016 this number was 1,150 billion USD and in 2017 it came to 1,200 billion USD. Before pandemic, there was a constant grow spotted, so we are sure that it takes a little bit of time to wait until business tourism will get back to normal development.

So, what is it – Business Travels with Ak-Sai Travel? It is simple – this are trainings, seminars and lectures conducted outdoor, where are you combine getting of new knowledge with physical activities. This is a very simple but interesting idea that can be realized, improved and developed constantly! Check this video that was shared with us by d.chuprina.kz. It won’t leave anyone indifferent.

What do you think about it? Would you like to organize such training? 🙂

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9 April
UNWTO list of countries opened and closed for tourism.

World touristic organization UNWTO introduced renewed list of countries opened and closed for tourism.

All counties define by the next categories:

  • Fully opened countries
  • Opened countries to enter with negative PCR-test
  • Countries that require PCR-test and several more other restrictions
  • Fully closed countries

There are only 5 countries that lifted all restrictions: Albania, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Macedonia, Tanzania.

Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan together with some African, South American, East European countries as well as Ukraine and Great Britain offer to tourists to introduce negative PCR-test upon arrival to cross the border successfully.

Coronavirus pandemic slowly stops hindering tourism and Ak-Sai Travel company took chance to organize outstanding Heli ski tour to citizens of Germany, regular ski tour to citizens of Poland and cultural-historical tour to citizens of Spain. In time of providing service all sanitary standards that was developed by the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyz Republic were strictly obeyed.

Welcome to the new world, welcome to the new Kyrgyzstan!

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2 April
New modernized crossing point “Ak-Jol” has been opened today (02.04.2021)

Today, after the large-scale reconstruction, the crossing point “Ak-Jol” has been opened at the Kyrgyz-Kazakh border. The Prime-minister Ulukbek Maripov took part in this event. He greeted everybody who came and congratulated with restarting the work of the crossing point. Reconstruction of the regime object costs 305 million Soms. 225 millions for the reconstruction and installation works, 80 millions for technical equipment and furniture.

Before the reconstruction, throughput capacity of the crossing point was 10 000 people and 1500 vehicles. Currently, it is expected, that there will be up to 35 000 people and 5000 vehicles to be able to cross during high season.

After the moment when Ulukbek Maripov cut the red ribbon, he went to check all part of the new object. Then, in presence of the customs staff of both countries, subcontractors and journalists there was a meeting with the leader of the government of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin.

“The work on the crossing point was operated to improve conditions of the comfortable crossing for people. There were set additional cabins. We are expecting that due to the epidemiological situation in many counties of the world, touristic stream between our countries will rise” – said Ulukbek Maripov.

One of the biggest crossing point between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan “Ak-Jol” was closed for reconstruction in January 2020. There were funds used from the governmental budget.

News from the website 24.kg

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