996 is a country code (for Bishkek you have to dial 312). International calls are available from a telephone office usually found next to a post office; calls also can be made in receptions of big hotels. All international calls from Kyrgyzstan are connected by the operator. Local calls (within the city) are free when made from private telephones; hotels sometimes charge. You can do direct-dial calls within the CIS by dialing 8 and waiting for dial tone after you which you dial the city code with number.
Itinerant agreements can be made by international mobile phone companies with the coverage being limited.
Internet cafes are found everywhere in Bishkek to provide Internet.
It might take you two weeks or more to get and send letters from and to European countries and the USA. You can buy stamps, envelopes and postcards at post offices. When mailing to recipients within Kyrgyzstan you will need to address according to the following order: country, postcode, city, and street, house number and, at last, the person's name. You can also use post offices located next to the main hotels.
Post office hours:
They work regularly from Monday to Friday 0900-1800.
Media in Kyrgyzstan
The Bishkek Observer, Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, Times of Central Asia and Zaman Kyrgyzstan are English newspapers published every week.
The main dailies are Kyrgyz Tuusu (both in Kyrgyz), and Delo No, Slovo Kyrgyzstana and Vechernii Bishkek (in Russian).
State-run Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation operate two networks.
Pirimida and Osh TV are private home channels.
• Kyrgyz National TV and Radio Broadcasting Corporation can work two networks.
• Almaz and Europa Plus are private radio stations.