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The CIS: Visa Policies Towards Citizens of the EU, US and Asian States

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is a union of former Soviet republics currently including nine member states (Armenia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) and two associate states (Ukraine and Turkmenistan).

The CIS: Visa Policies Towards Citizens of the EU, US and Asian States

Each of these countries, while being part of the CIS union, has its own visa policies and requirements. This information is definitely worth exploring prior to your visit.

For travel to these countries, tourist insurance is extremely necessary, since medical care is expensive enough.

Ukraine

Visitors from the following Asian and Eurasian countries do not need visas to enter Ukraine:

 • Azerbaijan;
• Armenia;
• Uzbekistan; 

At the same time, citizens of China, North Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong (up to 14 days), Afghanistan, Vietnam, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Laos, Thailand, Turkmenistan and Philippines have to get Ukrainian visas prior to their visit.

Citizens of the following Asian countries can stay in Ukraine visa-free for 90 days within a 180-day period:

 • South Korea;
• Kazakhstan;
• Tajikistan;
• Turkey;
• Japan;
• Brunei Darussalam;
• Kyrgyzstan;
• Mongolia (visa is not required provided that a purpose of a trip is submitted).

Citizens of all European Union member states do not need a visa if they intend to stay in Ukraine for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. These countries include Spain, Belgium, France, Bulgaria, Ireland, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Cyprus, Austria, Latvia, Luxembourg, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Romania, Slovakia, Greece, Finland, Malta, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

The US citizens also do not need Ukrainian visas if they plan to stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period.

Read more:Visa-free Entry to the Schengen area: Eligible Countries

Russia

Citizens of most countries require visas to Russia. The exception is Belarus whose citizens can enter Russia and stay on its territory for an unlimited period visa-free.

Citizens of the following Asian countries do not need Russian visas if they plan to stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period (note that renewing this period by leaving and re-entering the country is not allowed):

• Armenia;
• Kazakhstan;
• Azerbaijan;
• Tajikistan;
• Kyrgyzstan;
• Uzbekistan;
• South Korea (60 days for non-commercial trips);
• Macao, Mongolia and Thailand (30 days for non-commercial trips);
• Hong Kong (60 days for non-commercial trips).

Chinese citizens traveling in groups (5-50 individuals) do not require Russian visas if they intend to stay for up to 15 days and are signed up with a travel agency registered in both China and Russia.

To visit certain regions in the Far East, citizens of the following Asian countries can apply for an e-Visa: Brunei Darussalam, India, China, North Korea, Japan, Singapore and Turkey. 

All European Union citizens must obtain Russian visas prior to their visit.

American citizens need to get Russian visas regardless of the purpose of their visit. Visas upon arrival are not available.

Visas do not grant the right to visit closed areas and cities.

In view of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Championship, holders of FIFA tickets can enter Russia visa-free provided they have a national passport and a fan ID.

Read more: The EU Visa Policy Towards Asian States

Moldova

Moldova has visa-free agreements with a vast number of Asian and European countries. Citizens from the following states do not need Moldovan visas if they plan to stay for up to 90 days within a 180-day period:

  • • All European Union citizens;
  • • Ukraine;
  • • Azerbaijan;
  • • Armenia;
  • • Japan;
  • • Hong Kong;
  • • Macau;
  • • Kyrgyzstan;
  • • Kazakhstan;
  • • Malaysia;
  • • Russia;
  • • South Korea;
  • • Singapore;
  • • Tajikistan;
  • • Turkey;

At the same time, visitors from the following Asian countries do require Moldovan visas: Vietnam, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, China, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Turkmenistan and Thailand.

American citizens do not need visas to Moldova if they want to stay for up to 90 days. 

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Belarus

Currently, citizens of the following Asian and Eurasian countries can enter Belarus and stay on its territory for an indefinite period: 

  • • Kyrgyzstan;
  • • Armenia;
  • • Kazakhstan;
  • • Azerbaijan;
  • • Russia;
  • • Uzbekistan;

Citizens of Turkey and Macao do not need a visa if they are to stay in Belarus for no longer than 30 days.

Chinese citizens traveling in groups of five and more do not need Belarusian visas if they are signed up with approved travel agencies.

Since February 12, 2017 Belarus canceled visas for citizens of 80 countries if they plan to visit for up to 5 days and are arriving via Minsk National Airport. The eligible countries include: 

  • • All European Union member states;
  • • United States;
  • • China;
  • • India;
  • • Japan;
  • • Hong Kong;
  • • Singapore;
  • • Malaysia;
  • • South Korea;
  • • Indonesia, etc.

For longer periods of staying in Belarus, visa is required. Citizens of countries that are not included in the list of states listed above need Belarusian visas as well.

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Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan does not require citizens of the following countries to obtain its visa prior to arrival: 

  • • Azerbaijan;
  • • Armenia;
  • • Hong Kong (up to 14 days);
  • • Mongolia;
  • • South Korea (up to 30 days);
  • • Tajikistan (up to 30 days);
  • • Turkey (up to 30 days);
  • • Uzbekistan (up to 30 days).

At the same time, Kazakhstan has allowed visa-free entry (for up to 30 days) for citizens of the following countries: 

  • • All European Union member states;
  • • Japan;
  • • Singapore;

The US citizens need to obtain visas to Kazakhstan if they are staying for more than 30 days.

Citizens of all other countries have to apply for visas to Kazakhstan in order to enter the country.

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Uzbekistan

For visits for up to 90 days, citizens of the following countries do not require visas to Uzbekistan: 

  • • Armenia;
  • • Ukraine;
  • • Azerbaijan;
  • • Kyrgyzstan;
  • • Moldova;
  • • Russia;
  • • Kazakhstan;
  • • Georgia;

At the same time, Uzbekistan introduced simplified visa procedures with Japan, Thailand and Malaysia.

Citizens of the European Union and US need Uzbek visas to enter Uzbekistan. Visas upon arrival are not available.

Kyrgyzstan

Citizens of these Asian and Eurasian countries can stay in Kyrgyzstan for an indefinite period of time visa-free: 

  • • Azerbaijan;
  • • Armenia;
  • • Japan;
  • • Kazakhstan;
  • • Tajikistan;
  • • Russia;

Citizens of Malaysia and Turkey do not need visas if they are staying for up to 30 days.

If citizens of the following countries plan to stay for no longer than 60 days, they do not need visas either: 

  • • all European member states;
  • • Brunei Darussalam;
  • • South Korea;
  • • Singapore;
  • • Uzbekistan;
  • • United States.

 Citizens of Ukraine and Mongolia do not need visas if they are staying for up to 90 days.

 • All other foreigners need visas to Kyrgyzstan.

Turkmenistan

As of now, citizens of all states need visas to Turkmenistan in order to enter the country. In addition, applicants for tourist visas must present invitation letters from travel agencies in Turkmenistan.

Tajikistan

Citizens from Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Ukraine (90 days), Russia and Azerbaijan (90 days) do not need visas to Tajikistan.

Citizens from the following countries can apply for e-Visas if they want to stay for up to 45 days within a 90-day period: 

  • • all EU countries;
  • • Hong Kong;
  • • Indonesia;
  • • Brunei;
  • • China;
  • • India;
  • • Malaysia;
  • • Macao;
  • • Japan;
  • • Philippines;
  • • Turkmenistan;
  • • Turkey;
  • • Vietnam;
  • • Taiwan;
  • • Thailand;
  • • South Korea;
  • • Singapore;
    • United States

For more detailed consultations in touristic incurance for travelling to CIS countrits , you can contact the UTI Center - Ukrainian Travel Insurance. We work for you round-the-clock 7 days a week. 

Call the number +38 050 412 77 79 and ask your questions!

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