Kyrgyz Republic

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Statistics | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

The Republic of South Africa and the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) established full diplomatic relations in 1992. The Embassy in Astana is accredited on a non-residential basis to Kyrgyzstan.

Diplomatic Representation

South African Representation in Kyrgyz Republic

As there is no South African resident representation in Kyrgyzstan, but the South African Ambassador in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan is accredited to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on a non-resident basis.

H E Ms K S T Matthews
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy

Kyrgyzstan Representation in South Africa

No Representation

Travel Info

Visa Requirements for South Africans

South Africans do require a visa when traveling to Kyrgyzstan. 

For more information please contact the South African Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan or the Kyrgyz Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Health Requirements


For further information go to Travelers' Health.


The climate is continental, with light rainfall. Annual precipitation averages 300-600 millimetres. At altitudes of 800 to 1,700 metres summers are hot and dry, averaging 26-30 C. Lowland winters are relatively mild, averaging -5 C with frequent light snowfall. Sunny weather is normal in both winter and summer, with an average of 247 days of sunshine per year. The climatic conditions in the many mountainous regions are more extreme.

For up-to-date weather information click here


The monetary unit is the Kyrgyzstan Som.

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.

Trade Info

For current information on trade statistics between South Africa and Kyrgyzstan, visit the website of the South African Revenue Service, or the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


How does one reach Kyrgyzstan?

A number of airlines operate to and from Bishkek.  These include Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot and Air Kyrgyzstan.


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