Currency (Kyrgyzstan)

Kyrgyzstani economy is mostly cash-based. The official currency in Kazakhstan is the Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS). Banknotes come in denominations of  20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 soms. Coins come in  1, 3, 5, and 10 soms.

Here is a reference table of approximate exchange rates (for up-to-date exchange rates, please check before you travel).

1 unit of currency KGS
AU$1 58.51
NZ$1 54.49
US$1 89.31

Correct as of December 2023  


Please Note:

  • A foreign currency declaration form must be completed on arrival.
  • Ensure banknotes are in good condition before exchanging or accepting. Only use authorised foreign exchange providers.
  • USD is widely recognised throughout Kyrgyzstan
  • The Kyrgyzstani economy is mostly cash-based