Kyrgyz Republic - Country Commercial Guide
Licensing Requirements

Includes license requirements for key professional services that are open to U.S. service providers.

Last published date: 2020-08-28

Per the Law “On Licensing System in the Kyrgyz Republic” of October 2013 with amendments of December 2014, April and May 2015, June 2016, Mayand August 2017, March 2018, April, July and December 2019, March and April 2020, Chapter 2, Article 15[1] outlines that licenses are required only for activities and operations specified by law including the following:

  1. Production, transmission, distribution, sale, export and import of electricity (except electricity produced from renewable sources or from other sources for personal use with capacity up to 1,000 kWh);
  2. Production, transmission, distribution, sale, export and import of heat (except heat produced from renewable sources or from any sources for personal use);
  3. Processing of oil and natural gas, except industrial-scale production and sale of bioethanol  produced from vegetable feed;
  4. Production, transfer, distribution, and sale of natural gas;
  5. Production and distribution of ethyl alcohol;
  6. Production and distribution (storage for production or sale purposes, wholesale and retail trade) of alcoholic products;
  7. Private medical practice (except under a service or employment contract with private medical institutions or individual entrepreneurs);
  8. Production, manufacture and sale of medicines and medical equipment;
  9. Production and sale of vaccines and serums in specialized veterinary enterprises;
  10. Activities involving work with RG2 microorganisms;
  11. Activities in the field of electric communication;
  12. Activities in the field of postal communication;
  13. Activities in the field of data transfer;
  14. TV and radio broadcasting activities, including production, transmission, and distribution of broadcasting programs;
  15. Urban planning, research and design of residential, public and production buildings and structures (Category I, II and III facilities);
  16. Construction and installation operations, except construction of individual residential houses (Category I, II and III facilities);
  17. Passenger transport services by motor vehicle (except taxi cars);
  18. International cargo transportation by truck;
  19. Passenger and (or) cargo transportation by air;
  20. Aircraft ground handling in airports (aerodromes) during arrival and departure, except maintenance and (or) repair of aircrafts;
  21. Passenger and (or) cargo transportation by water;
  22. Banking operations specified under Article 2.4.2 of the Law “On Licensing and Permit System in the Kyrgyz Republic”;
  23. Credit union activities;
  24. Microfinance activities;
  25. Pawn shop activities;
  26. Foreign currency exchange services;
  27. Payment intermediary services using IT-based and electronic payment systems;
  28. Acceptance, processing, and issuance of financial information (processing and clearing services) relating to payments and settlements between third parties and participants of the payment system of a given processing or clearing center;
  29. Betting office and bookmaker activities;
  30. Lottery activities (except stimulating lottery);
  31. Transportation (including trans-boundary transportation) of toxic substances, including radioactive waste;
  32. Design, manufacture and sale of military products (munitions, military equipment, military-technical property, documentation, intellectual property, military-technical information referred to military products under Kyrgyz law) and military services (maintenance, upgrade, and disposal of munitions or military equipment and their transportation, supply, and storage);
  33. Production, use, disposal of industrial explosive materials;
  34. Sale of explosive substances and products (including pyrotechnic ones);
  35. Production, repair, and trade in weapons and munitions;
  36. Design, production, manufacture, processing, storage, issue, sale, purchase and distribution of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors;
  37. Advocate practice;
  38. Private notarial practice;
  39. Voluntary universal life insurance services;
  40. Voluntary personal insurance services;
  41. Voluntary property insurance services;
  42. Voluntary liability insurance services;
  43. Mandatory insurance services;
  44. Mandatory and voluntary inward reinsurance services;
  45. Non-governmental pension fund activities;
  46. Organized market for trading securities;
  47. Securities broker services;
  48. Security holders registry keeper services;
  49. Securities depository services;
  50. Securities dealer services;
  51. Investment fund activities;
  52. Investment trust activities;
  53. Audit services;
  54. Bankruptcy administration services;
  55. Design, installation, adjustment and repair of anti-fire automatic devices; flame-proofing of wooden structures and combustible theatrical display equipment;
  56. Educational activities (except state and municipal educational institutions carrying out preschool, primary, basic and secondary general education programs);
  57. Import or export of specific goods according to the list approved by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic;
  58. Import, export, or re-export of goods included in the National Checklist of Controlled Products;
  59. Activities of insturance broker;
  60. Actuarial activity.

Additionally, licensing is mandatory for the following activities involving the use of limited public resources:

  1. Using the radio frequency spectrum to provide electrical communication and (or) data transmission services;
  2. Taking timber from the woods of the forestry fund (felling license, small-scale timber supply permit);
  3. Taking flora for commercial purposes (flora-taking permit, forest-use permit);
  4. Disposal, storage, burial and elimination of toxic waste, including radioactive waste;
  5. Mineral tenure-related activities;
  6. Generation, use, processing, formation, storage, and elimination of substances which can form explosive mixtures (flammable oxidizing gases and filling stations which fill compressed or liquefied gas cylinders);
  7. Generation, formation, storage, use and elimination of hazardous chemical substances.

Web Resources

Customs and the Ministry of Economy are the best sources for information regarding changes to trade regulations in the Kyrgyz Republic.