Tourism in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan recorded a total of 423,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 146th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Kyrgyzstan, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.066 tourists per resident, Kyrgyzstan ranked 156th in the world. In Central Asia, it ranked 4th.

Kyrgyzstan generated around 487.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 5.8 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Kyrgyzstan from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Kyrgyzstan each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

The red line represents the average of all 5 countries in Central Asia.

Tourists per year in Kyrgyzstan

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 5.00 million USD, or about 0.30 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 36,000 tourists at that time and roughly 139 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 487.00 million USD, accounting for 5.9 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,151 USD for his holiday in Kyrgyzstan.

Tourism receipts in Kyrgyzstan per year

All data for Kyrgyzstan in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
199536,0005.00 m $0.30 %139 $
199642,0004.00 m $0.22 %95 $
199787,0007.00 m $0.40 %80 $
199859,00012.00 m $0.73 %203 $
199948,00018.00 m $1.4 %375 $
200059,00020.00 m $1.5 %339 $
200199,00032.00 m $2.1 %323 $
2002140,00048.00 m $3.0 %343 $
2003342,00062.00 m $3.2 %181 $
2004398,00092.00 m $4.2 %231 $
2005319,00094.00 m $3.8 %295 $
2006766,000189.00 m $6.7 %247 $
20071.66 m392.00 m $10.31 %237 $
20082.38 m569.00 m $11.07 %239 $
20092.45 m300.00 m $6.4 %122 $
2010259,000212.00 m $4.4 %819 $
2011337,000405.00 m $6.5 %1,202 $
2012348,000486.00 m $7.4 %1,397 $
2013415,000585.00 m $8.0 %1,410 $
2014413,000468.00 m $6.3 %1,133 $
2015402,000482.00 m $7.2 %1,199 $
2016321,000477.00 m $7.0 %1,486 $
2017421,000480.00 m $6.2 %1,140 $
2018423,000487.00 m $5.9 %1,151 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.