Visas to SRAS Destinations
No Visa Required in Most Cases
- Armenia. No visa is needed for stays of up to 180 days per year. Read more.
- Georgia. No visa is needed for visits up to one year for many citizenships. Passport must be valid at time of entry/exit. Read more.
- Kazakhstan. No visa is needed for stays up to 30 days. Read more.
- Latvia. US citizens can stay visa-free for 180 days in total (you will extend your stay with the authorities after the first 90 days for another 90 days). Longer programs can be arranged via a residence permit (inquire with us if you may plan to do this). Read more.
As a US citizen if your stay is less than 60 days, you do not need a visa. US citizens (and others on this list) staying longer than 60 days must enter Kyrgyzstan on a visa. We will provide guidance on how to do this later, but the process of applying for an “e-visa” prior to your departure is very simple: you fill out a form online, upload your passport copy, passport photo, and invitation from the host institution (we will provide this) and you will receive an “e-visa” in 5 business days.
At present, it is also possible to receive your visa at the Manas Airport upon entry, before going to passport control, but this involves more steps on your part so we highly recommend that you follow our guidance and get the e-visa ahead of time so you can simply proceed to passport control upon your arrival.
The cost for the Kyrgyz visa is currently ~$90 for US citizens (it varies slightly as it is tied to the exchange rate).
- Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of entry into Kyrgyzstan.
- Non-US citizens: some nationals may need to apply to the Kyrgyz consulate in their country of residence for the visa.
If you are on a SRAS study abroad program, we will guide you through this process.
For stays of up to 90 days a visa is not needed. For stays exceeding 90 days a visa is required. This visa must be obtained in advance of arrival.
An in-person interview is required for Polish visas. Polish consulates abide by jurisdiction, which means that if you are a resident of New York but study in California, you still need to travel to the consulate in New York.
See the Polish Embassy website for consulate and visa requirements.
The host institution for our programs, Collegium Civitas (Warsaw) will issue the visa support letter you will need for this process.
Note that it is not possible to apply for the Polish visa outside of your home country. If you are in a situation where you cannot logistically process the Polish visa (for example, because you are studying abroad elsewhere), there is an option to apply for residency after arrival. This should be discussed in advance.
A visa is required for all visits to Uzbekistan. Read more.
- If you are on a SRAS program based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan that includes travel to Uzbekistan, your visa will be processed in Bishkek.
- If you are joining an SRAS program specifically to Uzbekistan, you will process your e-visa before going abroad.
The following are countries in which SRAS either has short programs (under 30 days) or included program travel.
- Azerbaijan. A visa is required for all visits. Passports must be valid 6 months from entry. Read more.
- Cuba. A visa is necessary for US citizens and can be ordered online through several services. If you are on a SRAS program that includes Cuba, we will guide you through this process.
- Tajikistan. A visa is required for all visits. Read more. If you are on a SRAS program based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan that includes travel to Tajikistan, your visa will be processed in Bishkek.
- Turkmenistan. A visa is required for all visits. Read more. If you are on a SRAS program based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan that includes travel to Turkmenistan, your visa will be processed in Bishkek.
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My semester back home so far has been incredibly influenced by my semester abroad with SRAS and I find myself talking about it almost daily. Since many of my classes touch on the region (Europe after Socialism, Central Asian Politics), I’m able to add comments and insights unavailable to me before. My contributions to our Russian club have also been greatly enriched. Thank you for everything you did to facilitate this experience and going out of your way to ensure our success.
I spent Fall and Spring with your program in St. Petersburg and it was truly the highlight and culmination of my University experience and just a banner year! I can’t thank you enough for or gush enough about your program. I recommend it to just about everyone I talk to, whether or not they’re interested in learning Russian.
The program here is wonderful. All of my teachers have been extremely helpful and I have made friends both here in the dorms and with others who live in the city and find that I often have many opportunities to practice Russian outside of the classroom. Already I feel that my Russian has improved immensely, especially my listening and speaking.