If your work or travels take you to Kyrgyzstan, insurance should be high on your agenda. Many standard insurance policies won’t cover you and specialist medical cover with the option for emergency evacuation is highly recommended.
Kyrgyzstan insurance – quick facts
- Tensions exist over border recognition with Uzbekistan
- International health insurance in Kyrgyzstan is essential, along with cover for emergency evacuation
- Political demonstrations can become violent
- Road travel can be hazardous due to poor maintenance and safety standards
Get the right insurance for Kyrgyzstan
- Specialist Kyrgyzstan insurance – can include protection for personnel, property, vehicles and equipment
- We can cover all of your business liabilities in Kyrgyzstan and help you to understand and meet contractual and local insurance obligations
- Due to limited medical facilities and other risks to personal security, specialist Kyrgyzstan insurance is advised for visitors and expats
- We can cover you for life, personal accident, personal disability, medical emergencies, evacuation and other specialist insurance needs, including kidnap and ransom cover
Potential hazards in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan, already one the poorest and least developed of the Turkic states, has been involved in recent political strife that has added to the potential dangers here. The British Foreign Office is advising against travel to the Oblasts (provinces) of Osh and Jalal-Abad where an uprising in June 2010 claimed many civilian lives and led to an evacuation of British expats.
While large mineral reserves of coal gas and uranium attract foreign firms, the conditions within the country are challenging and the infrastructure is poor. The public health system has not really changed since the Soviet days and private health care, even in the capital Bishkek is virtually non-existent. Medical evacuation as part of any Kyrgyzstan insurance is highly recommended. The lack of medical infrastructure also means that Kyrgyzstan is liable to be affected by epidemic levels of disease – in recent years major measles outbreaks have resulted in many deaths.
Foreigners can be a particular target for violent muggings and theft, particularly after dark. In the past terrorist activity has also been targeted at specific expat communities, so individuals and companies are advised to take sensible security precautions. In some cases this may include organising kidnap and ransom insurance for key executives or considering liability insurance.
Tensions also exist over recognition of the Kyrgyz/Uzbek borders. There have been a number of security incidents in this region including gunfire exchanges. The Uzbek and Tajik borders are subject to closure without notice, which can disrupt travel plans. If this happens do not opt for unofficial border crossings, as there is a risk that uncontrolled Kyrgyz/Uzbek border areas may be land-mined.
Latest Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice
The Kyrgyz/Uzbek and Kyrgyz/Tajik borders are subject to closure without notice. There have been a number of security incidents in the Kyrgyz/Uzbek border region. Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.