Last updated: 4 Feb 2021

Commonwealth of Independent States

About

Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was created in December 1991 following the break up of the Soviet Union. Individual sovereignty of the participating countries is maintained. The CIS aims to coordinate trade, finance, lawmaking, and security between the states, as well as cross-border crime prevention.

Membership and Participating States: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,  Uzbekistan and Ukraine.

Visa Requirements

The Commonwealth of Independent States is a community of independent nations, comprising:
Russia and Russian Federation , Armenia , Azerbaijan , Belarus, Georgia , Kazakhstan , Krygyzstan , Moldova , Tajikistan, Turkmenistan , Ukraine , Uzbekistan.

All former Soviet Republics with the exception of the Baltic States are members of the C.I.S.

Visitors and holders of valid visas for Russia can apply for entry for these States from Moscow.

It is advisable to have a visa support letter/invitation from permanent resident or company of that country containing direct reference to pax & reason for visit.

SA citizens can apply for a Kyrgyz visa in any Kyrgyz Embassy abroad. Also, according to the na tional legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic, South African citizens can apply for a Kyrgyz visa on their arrival to Kyrgyzstan in the International airport Manas.

Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic
119 Crawford Street, London W1U 6BJ
Tel: 0207 935 1462
Fax: 0207 935 7449
E-mail: mail@kyrgyz-embassy.org.uk
Web: www.kyrgyz-embassy.org.uk

SA passport holders can apply for Armenian visas at any Armenian Embassy or get it upon arrival, at the border. Approximate fees can be found on http://uk.mfa.am/en/fees/
E-mail for the Armenian Embassy in London : armconsularuk@mfa.am

Travel Health

RUSSIA AND RUSSIAN FEDERATION:
Compulsory:  Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover
Recommended:  Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Tick-Borne Encephalitis (Not available in SA), Tetanus, Polio
   
ARMENIA:
Compulsory: None
Recommended: Hepatitis A&B, Typhoid, Rabies, Tetanus, Polio
   
AZERBAIJAN
Compulsory: None
Recommended: Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Rabies Tetanus, Polio
   
BELARUS:
Compulsory: None
Recommended: Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Tick-Borne Encephalitis (Not available in SA), Tetanus, Polio
   
GEORGIA:
Compulsory: None
Recommended: Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
   
KAZAKHSTAN:
Compulsory: Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended: Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
   
KYRGYZSTAN:
Compulsory: Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended: Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
   
MOLDOVA:
Compulsory: None
Recommended: Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Tetanus, Polio
   
TAJIKISTAN:
Compulsory: None
Recommended: Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk
   
UKRAINE:
Compulsory: None
Recommended: Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Tetanus, Polio
   
UZBEKISTAN:
Compulsory: None
Recommended: Hepatitis A&B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio