Terminal Drop-Off Charge

From 1 November 2021, a £5 charge will apply for vehicles dropping off passengers at the designated drop-off zones, located directly outside the terminals. Discounts and exemptions will apply. Free drop-off will be available at the Long Stay car parks.

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Changes to entering the UK using EU ID cards

From 1 October 2021, most EU, EEA and Swiss nationals will need to use a valid passport to travel to the UK. ID cards will no longer be accepted as a valid travel document to enter the UK, though some exemptions will apply. 

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    The city of Bishkek, surrounded by the snow-capped mountain range of Kyrgyz Ala-Too, is the young capital and centre of Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek's Manas International Airport is the gateway to the city, once there, the ubiquitous minibus is the most popular way of getting around and costs very little. Private taxis are also available and are preferable late at night.

    The architecture in Bishkek illustrates its troubled history. Though the city was founded in the 19th century, most of the buildings and monuments are post-World War II constructions. Wide boulevards and marble public building are coupled with Soviet-styled apartment blocks.

    Some interesting sites to visit include Ala-Too Square, the State Historical Museum, Panfilov Park, and the M Frunze Museum. Local bazaars are also a fun way to spend an hour or two, especially on weekends when they are biggest and most vibrant. A unique experience in Bishkek is a visit to the local baths, Zhurgal Banya, or the upmarket Green City Spa.

    The city has the liveliest nightlife in the region, and its many bars and nightclubs are welcoming to tourists. Karaoke is always a popular activity. Bishkek is within four hours' drive of Almaty, with its mountain resorts, making the city a great weekend excursion from Bishkek, no matter what time of year.

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