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  Kyrgyzstan » Travel info » Communications and the media » Telephones
 
 


Telephones

Country Code + 996

City codes:

Bishkek   312
Cholpon Ata  3943
Djalal Abad  3722
Karakol   3922
Naryn    3522
Osh   3222
Talas   3422
Other… 

Many places can be dialed direct – but you will have to obtain the code – for some places, however, it is necessary to call the operator and book the call.

Mobile:

BITEL  502
KATEL  517
MEGACOM  555
FONEX  543

Dialing Codes – for international calls – the country code is preceded by 00.

For other long distance calls – the area code is preceded by 0.

Call offices – In most towns there is a Call Office – “Peregovorny Punkt” where you can book a call. The operator makes a connection and you are called to a booth when it is ready.

Charges:

Local calls from a private phone (i.e. within the city or district) are basically free – actually there is a limit to the free calls but very few people exceed this.  Commercial organizations are charged according to a different tariff and may ask you to pay to use their phone. 

Long distance calls – i.e. anything outside the local area or calls to mobile phones – are charged according to the current tariff. 

The world is divided up into the following regions:

  • Local – Bishkek

  • Elsewhere in Kyrgyzstan

  • Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Moldova Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

  • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia  

  • Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania  

  • Turkey

  • Europe

  • Elsewhere in the world (Asia, America (N and S), Africa, NZ, Australia …

and …

  • Calls to Mobile phones

  • Calls to premium rate services

Some people have their phones blocked so that they can make only local calls – or so that they can only make long distance calls through the operator and using a password. 

Pay phones – In Bishkek there are a number of public pay phones. There are two main types – one uses a jetton (or token), which gives a short period for conversation.  You dial the number and insert the jetton when the call is answered.  The second type uses a prepaid plastic card for payment – deducting units from your total credit.

International connections – may use satellites with a Simplex effect – i.e. the line is active in one direction only at any one time.  This creates, what for some people is a disturbing feature, the appearance that the line has gone dead whenever they are talking … 

Cheap International calls – It used to be possible to operate using “Call Back” services to make cheap international calls.  This has been declared as no longer legal.  The facility of using the internet to make cheap calls, however, is available from many internet cafes.

Mobile Phones – There are two main providers within the republic – KATEL and BITEL.  Bitel operate on the GSM standard.  Coverage is limited to Bishkek and the Chui valley in the North (Katel also works around Lake Issyk Kul), and in Osh and Djalal Abad in the South.
Both operate systems where you can buy a local SIM card for your own mobile phone and use a local number for making calls.

Satellite phones will work throughout the republic even in the mountains – although reception may be little haphazard at times.

Directory Enquiries etc. – there are directory enquiry services but you will need to speak Russian:

Number

Service

101

Fire

102

Police

103

Ambulance

104

Emergency Gas Service

105

Long Distance Operator (International)

106

Telegrams

107

Long Distance Operator (Domestic)

108

Faults

109

Directory Enquiries

160

Telecom Information Desk

162

International Calls Information service

181

Weather forecast (in Russian)

Hotlines – hopefully, you will never need these – but there are a number of hotlines which you can use in emergency. In theory there is supposed to be an English speaker available on these numbers

Number

Service

28-85-08
66-23-31

Ministry of Internal affairs Hotline
28-43-05
22-97-780
Police Hotline
28-55-38 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hotline
22-38-27
22-90-61-80
Passport and Visa section of the Ministry of the Interior

In addition, you should keep a contact number for your own diplomatic representative to the Kyrgyz Republic (Embassy or Consulate).





 
 
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