To drive in Kyrgyzstan, a foreign visitor needs to have an International driving permit.
The general Kyrgyz road traffic rules:
- Traffic moves on the right side.
- It is not permitted to drive a vehicle in a state of alcoholic intoxication. The legal blood-alcohol level is zero.
- Drivers must give way to pedestrians at uncontrolled intersections.
- In residential areas, speed limit is 20 km/h.
- The speed limit in built up areas is 60 km/h.
- Outside build-up areas speed limits are:
- for cars and trucks of not more than 3,5 t: 110 km/h – on motorways, 90 km/h – on other roads;
- for cars with towed trailer and trucks of more than 3,5 t: 90 km/h – on motorways, 70 km/h – on other roads;
- for vehicles driven by drivers with less than 2 years driving experience – 70 km/h.
- In any vehicle, a driver must have: a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, emergency triangle, and two “wheel stops”.
- To use of seat belts is compulsory for the driver and passengers. It is permitted for children under 12 not to be fastened with belts.
- Overtaking is prohibited:
- on regulated intersections with access to oncoming lanes;
- on non-regulated intersections when traveling on minor road;
- at pedestrian crossings when pedestrians are there;
- at railway crossings and less than 100 m before them;
- of a vehicle in the process of overtaking.
- The International car plate must be clearly visible.
- The standing of a vehicle is not permitted:
- at tramway tracks;
- at railway crossings;
- in tunnels;
- on bridges and under them;
- at pedestrian crossings and closer than 5 m of them;
- at intersections, traffic lights signals, and road signs.
Some additional information:
Kyrgyzstan Road Traffic Signs
Driving Overseas - Short Information
- In Kyrgyzstan, there are many traffic police in the road. A policeman can stop any car and check driver’s documents.
- While driving, each driver must have his original driver license, International driving permit, passport, and the car registration document. If a driver is not an owner of the vehicle, he needs an official document from the owner giving him permission to drive the car.
- In Bishkek, «sleeping policemen» (bumps) are located at schools.
- Most of the Kyrgyz Republic’s roads are two-lane roads.
- Night driving should be avoided, as roads are inadequately lit.