How to Buy Cryptocurrency in Kyrgyzstan

Buying cryptocurrency in Kyrgyzstan

Buying cryptocurrency in KyrgyzstanAs the citizens of Kyrgyzstan become more and more interested in cryptocurrencies, and as technology rapidly gains global popularity, the National Bank of Kyrgyzstan believed that it is crucial to first diminish the risks associated with them. More recently in 2020, the Bank has issued draft legislation which would define the legal status of cryptocurrency and how it could be properly used in this Central Asian nation. With this legislation draft, the central bank is rallying with the Financial Action Task Force’s efforts to regulate cryptocurrencies and, hopefully, prevent high risks of money laundering and terrorism financing. Under this proposal, property rights of those who own cryptocurrency would be protected by courts. Any company or individual entrepreneur, unless registered as a cryptocurrency operator or miner, should not under any circumstance accept cryptocurrency as a method of payment for goods and services, nor in the form of investment and savings deposits.
As of 20/03/2021

Exchanges Info

These exchanges all accept customers from Kyrgyzstan. While they broadly offer the same services and you can buy cryptocurrency at all of them, there can be differences in transaction fees, security, verification requirements, deposit methods and features, as shown below

Kucoin

Founded in 2017, KuCoin has already managed to establish itself as “The People’s Exchange.” With 200+ cryptocurrencies and more than 400 markets, it has become one of the hubs for cryptocurrency trading.

Pros
  • Vast selection of altcoins
  • Ability to stake & earn crypto yields
  • Robust security features
  • No forced KYC checks
Cons
  • No fiat currency deposits
  • Trading volume is low

Changelly

Changelly allows you to trade cryptocurrency without registration or verifying the identity through KYC. Being a non-custodial exchange, Changelly doesn’t require you to keep any deposits. The platform also works as a fiat-to-crypto gateway.

Pros
  • Non-custodial exchange
  • Great way to switch altcoins
  • Doesn’t require extensive KYC
  • 2FA security and high exchange limit
Cons
  • A high transaction fee of 0.5%
  • Unclear owners
  • Sometimes their service is quite slow
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Kraken

Kraken has a good reputation for security and protection of your funds and operates across the USA (except NY), Canada, the EU and Japan

Pros
  • It can be used to trade against fiat options
  • Robust security measures
  • Free SEPA deposits in Europe
Cons
  • Not a very beginner-friendly interface.
  • No card deposit options
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