Country code: 996 (312 for Bishkek). International calls are made from a telephone office usually attached to a post office; they can also be made from some hotels by asking at reception. All international calls from Kyrgyzstan are connected through the operator. Local calls (within the city) are free of charge if made from private telephones; hotels sometimes levy a small charge. Direct-dial calls within the CIS can be done by dialing 8 and waiting for another dial tone and then dialing the city code followed by the number.
Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage can be limited.
Internet cafes are also available.
Letters to and from Western Europe and the USA take anything from two weeks to two months. Stamped envelopes you can buy at post offices. Mail to recipients within Kyrgyzstan has to be addressed in the following order: country, postcode, city, and street, house number and, lastly, the person's name. Visitors also use post offices near the main hotels.
Post office hours:
From Monday to Friday 0900-1800.
Media in Kyrgyzstan
The Bishkek Observer, Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, Times of Central Asia and Zaman Kyrgyzstan are available every week in English.
The main dailies include Kyrgyz Tuusu (both in Kyrgyz), and Delo No, Slovo Kyrgyzstana and Vechernii Bishkek (in Russian).
State-run Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation can operate two networks.
Private channels are Pirimida and Osh TV.
Radio · Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation work two networks. • Private radio stations are Almaz and Europa Plus.