Sunday sees the launch of the third World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan, in which countries compete in sports indigenous to the Central Asian region. The official website includes links to apps you can download, as well as ticket sales and programme information. You can find information on health issues and risks on the NaTHNaC website.

If you are headed to the games, please make sure you have appropriate travel insurance and have a travel risk management plan in place. Arrange your transport from Manas International Airport in advance, and be aware that foreigners have been targeted by fake police and fake airport collections. Foreigners can also be targeted for robbery and street crimes because of they perceived wealth.

Links to travel advice on visiting Kyrgyzstan from the following governments –

From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The third World Nomad Games will take place in Cholpon-Ata, Bulan-Sogottu village and Kyrchyn gorge, Issyk-Kul oblast, from 2 to 8 September 2018. Information about the Games, including ticketing and the programme, can be found on the World Nomad Games website.

You should note the road conditions in some parts of Issyk-Kul are poor and roadworks are likely to be ongoing during the Games. There will be increased road traffic and security checks in the area over that period, and you should expect delays if you’re planning to attend the Games.

from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kyrgyzstan

Other Travel Advice

From the State Department

The greatest threats to tourists and travelers in Bishkek are traffic accidents and street crime. There have been reports of violent muggings of foreigners in downtown Bishkek at night, as well as in more rural areas outside of Bishkek. Other common crimes include auto theft and pick-pocketing in crowded places such as markets, especially Bishkek’s Osh Bazaar, internet cafes, and on public transportation. U.S. citizens have been robbed by groups of young men who followed them back to their residences from hotels and bars. In addition, U.S. citizens have been victims of rape, assault, sexual harassment and kidnapping. Attackers do not always avoid violent confrontation with their victims.

  • Exercise caution in urban areas.
  • After dark, you should avoid walking alone or using public transportation.
  • Be extremely cautious in or near hotels, bars, parks, and all places that attract foreigners.
  • Alcohol-related crimes against foreigners are common as they are perceived to be wealthy.
  • Do not leave drinks unattended and dispose of them if you feel they have not been under your control.
  • Do not use unlicensed cabs.
  • If you are arriving at Manas International Airport, arrange your transportation from the airport in advance or arrange transport through the official kiosk located inside the baggage claim area.

Please click through here for more information.

Arrange airport pick up in advance

From the Government of New Zealand

There have also been reports of travellers being robbed by individuals posing as police officers and ‘meet and greet’ drivers at airports. We recommend you arrange airport transport in advance of arrival, avoid travelling alone and at night, and only use official taxis.

Please click through here for more information.

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