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Question: Kegen Border Crossing for Foreigners in early June

Hi, we are a couple of foreigners hoping to cross the Kegen border from Kazakhstan (Charyn Canyon) to Kyrgyzstan (Karakol). We wonder if it would be a hassle, as I read in some places (on the Internet) that that involves some special permission or a green card?

Doing so will help us save a day's journey (rather than via Almaty and Bishkek). Many thanks for advice.

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Janar 3 years ago


First of all it depends on which country we are coming from. As I know European countries were granted no visa entry for 30 days in Kazakhstan and not exceeding 5 days without migration card and if you are going to cross the border and no issues with your migration regime then you can cross border with no hassle. 



Alex 3 years ago

It's no problem to go from Almaty to Karakol via the Kegen Border crossing.  I would make sure to plan ahead.  Make sure you have enough water and food because the drive is quite long and there is only a few cafes on the side of the road.  Also, make sure you have a driver on the Kyrgyzstan side of the road.  I would make sure to cross into Kyrgyzstan before 3:00 so that you can arrive in Karakol before dark. 

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Dinmukhamed 3 years ago

Hey there, Kegen border station does not work 24/7, it closes at the evening, also going through Kegen is not always faster than through Bishkek as the road has partial unpaved sections (unless your driver is willing to go full throttle all the way), I suggest you to consult closely to whoever will guide you, if there is such a person, to avoid hassles


WQ 3 years ago

Hi both, thanks. We are Singaporeans (also visa free), and plan to enter KG through the Kegen border in the evening, and leave via flight from Bishkek on the 6th day, counting the evening as day 1 (although it's not much of a day in KG). Does that work? What is a migration card? (Sergey will private message you in another message)


Sergey 3 years ago

for EU and US citizens without problems

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