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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Kyrgyzstan, they said...

"Before retiring in Kyrgyzstan, expats should be aware of the language barrier as the official language is Kyrgyz. It is recommended to learn some basic phrases in the language to make daily life easier. Expats should also be aware of the cost of living in Kyrgyzstan, which is generally lower than in other countries. Additionally, expats should research the healthcare system in Kyrgyzstan and consider taking out private health insurance. It is also important to research the visa requirements for expats, as well as the process for obtaining residency. Finally, expats should be aware of the cultural differences in Kyrgyzstan and be respectful of local customs and traditions," commented one expat who made the move to Kyrgyzstan.

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"Because of lingering Soviet-style centralization and unease with western entrepreneurship, as well as a lot of official barriers to foreigners doing much, try to set up something before you go. People are friendly and relaxed, compared to Almaty for example, so you should be able to do some networking. Rent is rising fast but still cheap, and most other things (except imports) are very cheap by the standards of any western country," remarked another expat in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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