OVIR is an abbreviation, which stands for the Visa and Registration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Kyrgyz law currently states that foreign visitors, including tourists, must register with OVIR within three working days of their arrival in the country.

However, the government issued an order (No. 213, dated 15/04/03) which decreed that citizens of 28 countries in the country for up to one month no longer needed to register. This was later superseded by amendments to the law "on External Migration".The current situation (2006) is that:

Citizens of countries for which a “visa free” regime operates

Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria , Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Georgia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Malaysia (for “service” and tourist purposes up to 1month), Moldavia, Mongolia (for up…

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Citizens of countries for which a “simplified visa” regime operates

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA….

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