Guide to Being a Digital Nomad in Kyrgyzstan — Andy Sto

As the digital nomad lifestyle has continued to grow in popularity, so have the crowds in nomad hotspots such as Bali, Mexico, and beyond. This over-saturation can, unfortunately, lead to increased living costs, a less locally immersive experience, and an overall tainting of the quiet, nomadic lifestyle. Especially with so many people desperately trying to find their next place to live, it can be difficult to find undiscovered gem countries and host cities- but we’ve got a secret.

Digital nomadism in central Asia might just be the Next. Big. Thing.

And if you get there ahead of the curve, you’ll be able to experience it in all its glory. Central Asia includes the countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, China, Mongolia and by some definitions, Russia. While all of these are extraordinary in their own regard- we’d like to put Kyrgyzstan on your digital nomad radar. Though many are unnecessarily fearful of the “stan” countries, based on a reputation of being unsafe for travel, many of these countries are actually very safe, with Kyrgyzstan right at the top of that list! Kyrgyzstan is a bold country full of culture, vibrant flavors, and wild landscapes, with a peaceful, laid-back atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. Many areas throughout the country have a low population, so you won’t find yourself fighting the “hustle and bustle” very often.

This article will help to guide you through the best destinations throughout Kyrgyzstan to be a digital nomad, and all the considerations you should take before making the move.

The cost of living in Kyrgyzstan

In general, a reliable city center can cost you as little as $450USD a month if you are fine with local living accommodations and eats. That being said, most digital nomads enjoy occasionally indulging in the finer things or more comfortable living spaces, bringing their living costs up to around $850 per month.

Accommodation expenses

Food and drink expenses

Transport expenses

Reasons You’ll Love Kyrgyzstan

Cultural experiences at every turn

Unspoiled nature begging to be explored

Friendly and Accommodating Locals

Things to Consider

Visas

Depending on your country of origin, how you apply for your visa (electronic or physical) will vary, so be sure to check out the requirements that specifically apply to you. This could save you significant time, money, and hassle. As of right now, Kyrgyzstan does not have a special visa designation for digital nomads.

It is important to note that you CANNOT apply for your visa upon arrival, or apply for a visa while you are in the country. If you stay for sixty days and hope to extend, you will need to leave for the duration of time it takes for your visa to be approved.

Wi-Fi and Communications

Of course, any city is better than rural when it comes to Wi-Fi and telecommunications. If you commit to staying in a nicer hotel in the other “major” cities, you shouldn’t have too many problems connecting from home.

Safety Concerns

When venturing to rural areas alone, always be mindful of interactions with strangers and avoid giving out too much personal information, such as where you will be staying.

Tolerance/ Inclusivity

Healthcare

It’s also worth noting that even common and necessary medications such as insulin are in short supply and often “out of stock”. If you have medications that you need regularly, we highly recommend bringing a full stock from home since you’re not guaranteed to find access here.

Host Cities/Towns in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek

Osh

Places to Explore During Your Stay

Issyk-Kul Lake

Altyn Arashan Hot Springs

Tash Rabat

Coworkings and Cafes

Digital Nomads and the Expat Community

You heard it here first! Kyrgyzstan is the next best place to be as a digital nomad. Before hopping on a plane to Thailand or South America, consider choosing Kyrgyzstan ahead of the crowd. It might just surprise you. Its low living costs, friendly culture, and bright culture will fulfill everything on your destination wish list.

Originally published at https://andysto.com on May 12, 2021.

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