Bishkek, April 17. Kyrgyz government adopted a decree on easing the Kyrgyz visa obtaining procedures for citizens of about 28 developed countries on April 15. Deputy prime minister, Joomart Otorbayev, held a press conference on the decree in Bishkek today. He said that citizens of these countries, including U.S., Britain, France, Australia, Austria and Germany, can obtain Kyrgyz entrance visas for one month without invitations and other documents in accordance with their own appeal and they don't have to be registered with the Kyrgyz police department after arrival. Otorbayev said that this is one of the steps to make Kyrgyzstan a "paradise for investments". The Kyrgyz government is considering to introduce an investment visa for several years, that will give an opportunity for any potential investor to visit Kyrgyzstan freely, Otorbayev said. He thinks that Kyrgyzstan is the first country in the CIS to make such a step in order to liberalize its visa policy towards the countries, as he put it, "with the predictable political and economic regimes".
There are not any communist or post-communist states in the list of 28 "predictable" countries.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and edited by Bruce Pannier in Prague