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International Driver's License In Kyrgyzstan: Rent a car with ease

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International Driving Permit (IDP), regulated by the United Nations, certifies that you are the holder of a valid driver's license in your country of origin.

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Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in the 12 most widely spoken languages in the world.

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Can foreigners drive in Kyrgyzstan?

Foreigners can drive in any foreign country with a car rental from local rental companies as long as long as they have a valid driver’s license present, accompanying their International Driver’s Permit (IDP).

It is a document that was agreed upon by the united nations as per the Geneva Convention on road traffic.

To get an IDP, the application process is relatively easy.

You only need to fill out the application form, upload photos, your valid driver’s license, and your credit card details, and you’ll get approved instantly.

Our IDP is recognized in over 165 countries including the following:

  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Congo
  • Pakistan
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Netherlands
  • Tajikistan
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Cyprus
  • United Kingdom, and more

However, you must know that even if you possess an IDP to drive in another country, this does not exempt you from following the road traffic rules such as driving on the right side of the road, wearing your seat belts, and adhering to the other traffic laws in the country.

Top Destinations in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful landlocked country in Central Asia that used to be the west’s gateway for Silk Road traders. It is also one of the first countries in Central Asia which relaxed its visa policies and developed a strong tourism network, making travel more comfortable and convenient. You could spend some days resting and swimming in Issyk Kul or go hiking and trekking in Arslanbob. You can also spend time with nomadic families here.


There are two main airports in Kyrgyzstan, one in Bishkek and the other in Osh. Most of the international flights land in the capital city Bishkek. A great place to start your Kyrgyz adventure is in the capital city full of Soviet Architecture and modern places set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Spend the day driving and walking in the town to the brutalist architecture like the Ala-Too Square and the Manas statues.

Ala Archa National Park

About an hour’s drive south of Bishkek, you can reach this rugged but accessible gorge. In Kyrgyz language, Ala-Archa means “bright juniper,” which grows in abundance on mountain slopes. The place is now converted into a national park to walk, trek, climb to Ak Say Canyon’s peaks, and hikes to Ak Say Glaciers. You can also relax by the Alamein River and the waterfall and have a picnic in the summer.

Konorcheck Canyon

Drive to this beautiful orange landscape and hike to this canyon. It’s a good change of scenery from the lush evergreen you saw in Ala Archa National Park. The rock samples turn into red sandstone, similar to the Fairytale Canyon (Skazka Canyon) on Issyk-Kul’s southside. One fascinating feature in the canyon is an approximately three million-year-old dormant volcano. Enjoy this insanely gorgeous natural scenery and relax for a moment.

Lake Issyk-Kul

Even though snow-capped peaks encircle the lake, the lake is heated from below by thermal activity; that’s why it never freezes even in winter. That’s the reason why it got its name Issyk-Kul which means “warm lake” in Kyrgyz. It is the second-largest mountain lake globally, which is 182 km, long by 58 km. wide. It’s the best road trip as you’ll follow the shoreline and pass the colored fields against the backdrop of ice-covered peaks.

Chon-Kemin Valley

Chon-Kemin Valley is a popular spot among those who appreciate nature’s beauty as this encompasses a diversity of landscapes, flora, fauna, and glaciers. The popular way to explore the park is by horseback riding or riding a raft down the river before camping in a yurt. If you’re a history lover, you’ll be amazed by various ancient burial mounds or ancient barrows dating back to the 4th century BC. The guesthouses are simple but comfortable.

Most Important Driving Rules in Kyrgyzstan

When you drive, you must follow the rules to keep everyone safe. This is very important in Kyrgyzstan. To drive legally there, you must have your passport, local driving license, and a global driving paper, also known as an International Driving Permit. This is part of Kyrgyzstan driving rules, which are important to know and follow.

No Drunk Driving

In Kyrgyzstan, you should entirely refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages when driving because there is a 0% legal blood alcohol limit. Drivers who will violate this law will face a fine of 17,500 Kyrgyzstani soms or equivalent to $200. The country has zero tolerance on drunk driving and once you are caught driving under the influence, you may immediately land in jail, no matter how little you consumed alcohol.

No Overtaking

You should not overtake when people cross the pedestrian lane and if you are less than 100 meters away from a railway crossing when you are driving in Kyrgyzstan. Overtaking is prohibited as there are mostly two-lane roads in the country. You cannot overtake on regulated intersections with access to oncoming lanes and on non-regulated intersections when driving on a minor road.

Follow Speed Limits

In all the countries in the world, there is a set speed limit depending on the type of road you’re driving on. The following are the maximum speed limits in different areas in the country. It's also crucial to follow the speed limits, especially on inadequately lit roads. Be sure to follow these speed limits or else you will face a fine:

  • Residential areas - 20 km/h
  • Built-up areas - 60 km/h
  • Outside the built-up areas - 110 km/h on motorways and 90 km/h on other road

Ready to check if an IDP is accepted in your destination?

Use the form and find out in seconds whether you need an international permit. Documents vary, based on the United Nations Convention on Road Traffic.

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