Heliski and Freeride Kyrgyzstan
No lines, no limits and no restrictions: That’s the motto for a ski trip to Kyrgyzstan one of the secret new skiing destinations!
Kyrgyz Som (KGS) = 100 tyin. Bank notes are in denominations of Som 5000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. And newly introduced coins in denominations of 10 som, 5 som, 3 som, 1 som and 50 tyin, 10 tyin and souvenir 1 tyin.
There is nothing easier than to change money in Kyrgyzstan. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and at authorised exchange offices which located in abundance around Bishkek, Osh and Issyk-Kul area. The US Dollar and Euro are the easiest currencies to exchange. Other currencies can also be changed. US Dollars and Euros in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 are concidered to be a brass and therefore very often have lower rate of exchange, while 50 and 100 Bills banknotes are exchanged at normal rate. Also banknotes with signes, stamps and of elder edition are not very welcome and sometimes may only be changed at lower rate.
Credit & debit cards
Out side of major towns the acceptance of credit/debit cards is very limited. In Bishkek credit cards are accepted in some of the major hotels, restaurants and cafes, some shops and major travel and tickets agencies. Facilities exist for credit-card cash withdrawals in Bishkek, Osh, Karakol, Cholpon Ata. Check with your credit or debit card company for merchant acceptability and other services which may be available.
There are limited acceptance of these, but some banks in Bishkek accept travellers cheques; commission charges vary between the banks and are about 3,5%.
There are no restrictions on the import or export of foreign currency, provided declared on arrival and departure the ammounts equivalent to 3500 USD.
Note! Banking hours: Mon-Fri 09:00-16:00. Most of banks would be closed Sat-Sun.