- Over 600 applications were received, registering 182 individuals for the ‘digital nomad’ status.
- Holders granted a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for work without permits, with access to legal and healthcare systems.
- The majority of remote workers in the program are from neighbouring nations due to geopolitical shifts.
- Kyrgyzstan sees the influx as an opportunity for knowledge and skill enrichment amid geopolitical transitions.
According to a report, the Ministry of Labor, Social Security, and Migration has received more than 600 applications and registered 182 people.
Although Kyrgyz authorities have not yet launched a visa program, the status of ‘digital nomad’ would issue holders a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and allow workers to stay and work without permits. Authorities have also established systems that will enable foreign residents easy access to law and healthcare.
Regional Migration Dynamics
Presently a large number of remote workers in the region are from surrounding countries, including citizens of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, and Russia.
Since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, surrounding countries have seen mass migrations of people seeking stability and safety.
According to a report by former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Djoomart Otorbaev, “the Kyrgyz people and government have welcomed them [immigrants] with open arms.” Otorbaev added in the report that people saw Russia’s mass migration as an opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge.
The Rise of Digital Nomadism
“The trend of a growing number of Digital nomads, the so-called ‘digital nomads,’ is gaining momentum in the world. People can work from anywhere in the world if all they need is a computer and good high-speed internet,” said Minister of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic Daniyar Amangeldiyev.
The landlocked country is predominantly a mountainous terrain with high-altitude lakes and forests and is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
What We Think
Kyrgyzstan’s proactive stance in embracing digital nomads reflects a forward-looking approach to remote work, leveraging its scenic landscape and emerging facilities to attract a diverse pool of remote workers.
This initiative not only accommodates regional migrations amid geopolitical shifts but also positions Kyrgyzstan as a conducive environment for the evolving trend of remote employment.
The country’s efforts in fostering a welcoming environment for remote workers could enhance its global appeal as a destination for remote work and cross-cultural exchanges.