Country code is 996 (312 for Bishkek). You can make international calls from a telephone office usually attached to a post office; you can also make 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 charge. You can do direct-dial calls within the CIS by dialing 8 and waiting for another dial tone and then dialing the city code followed by the number. Mobile TelephoneRoaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies though the coverage may be limited.
Internet cafes are always available.
Letters to and from European countries and the USA take anything from two weeks to two months. Stamped envelopes you can buy at post offices. Mailing to recipients within Kyrgyzstan you have to address in the following order: country, postcode, city, and street, house number and, at last, the person's name. Visitors can also use post offices near the main hotels.
Post office hours:
Regularly from Monday to Friday 0900-1800.
Media in Kyrgyzstan
The Bishkek Observer, Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, Times of Central Asia and Zaman Kyrgyzstan are available weekly in English. The main dailies are Kyrgyz Tuusu (both in Kyrgyz), and Delo No, Slovo Kyrgyzstana and Vechernii Bishkek (in Russian). TVState-run Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation are operated by two networks.
Pirimida and Osh TV are private channels.
Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation can work two networks. • Almaz and Europa Plus are private radio stations.