Armenia Entry and Travel Requirements
Entry requirements to Armenia outline all the rules for tourists planning to visit Armenia, including the necessary documents they must have before departure. Among the most necessary documents that most travelers must have to enter Armenia without any problems are a valid passport and visa. The tourist's passport cannot expire at least 6 months from the expected date of arrival in the country.
Visa policy in Armenia determines the type of visa applicable to a particular traveler, based on their nationality, purpose of travel, and expected length of stay in Armenia.
Citizens of many countries around the world can use the electronic visa system and apply for an electronic visa without going to the Armenian embassy. The Armenia e-visa covers short-term stays and can be used primarily for tourism purposes and the holder is not authorized to live or work in the country.
Citizens of Samoa, as well as Saint Kitts and Nevis, can apply for a visa on arrival in Armenia, which is issued for short-term purposes only.
Although some countries can obtain a VoA or e-Visa, Armenia still requires certain citizens to make an appointment at the embassy and complete all visa procedures in person. Obtaining a visa the traditional way is also necessary for all travelers planning to live and/or work in Armenia. For these purposes, they will need to obtain a visa or relevant permit directly from the diplomatic mission. Visitors from around 50 different countries can also enjoy visa-free access, meaning they only need a valid passport to travel to Armenia. However, visa-free travel is only allowed for a limited period and is not for work.
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, Armenia introduced additional entry restrictions that have now been lifted. From May 2022, visitors to Armenia do not need to present a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test result. The same entry requirements apply to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Please note that the following requirements are subject to rapid change. Before traveling to Armenia, be sure to familiarize yourself with the recently updated entry rules to ensure smooth access to the country.
Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements
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Covid-19 testing requirements have been lifted.
It is not necessary to provide a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate to enter Armenia.
Since all coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, there are no longer quarantine requirements in effect in Armenia.
Traveling from Armenia
No specific regulations are imposed on travelers leaving Armenia.
However, all travelers should exercise extreme caution when traveling abroad and be aware of ever-changing restrictions that may be imposed at any time in their destination country.
Traveling to Armenia
Armenia's borders remain open to international travel. Foreign visitors can enter Armenia by land and air.
All travelers planning to visit Armenia must have a valid passport. Depending on their nationality and expected length of stay, they may also need to apply for a visa.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Armenian authorities no longer maintain coronavirus-related restrictions in the country. Arrivals no longer need to provide Covid-related documents such as a negative PCR or antigen test or a valid vaccination certificate.
However, please note that some airlines may still maintain their own rules and restrictions. All passengers should contact their airline directly for accurate and reliable information before traveling.
Entry Rules for Children
There are no specific requirements for children traveling to Armenia. All underage travelers are subject to the same regulations that apply to adult travelers.
Parents or legal guardians must be responsible for obtaining all necessary documents, including visas, on behalf of the accompanying minor.
Transit through Armenia
Armenia has not established specific regulations for transit passengers. However, depending on the country of your final destination, that country's government may enforce certain requirements. Make sure you check them out and also know the regulations of the airline you'll be traveling with.
Armenia allows citizens of approximately 50 countries (listed below) to visit for short-term stays without a visa. These visitors may travel to Armenia for tourism-related activities and for certain other travel reasons, other than work and/or activities. If a person is looking for work or planning to move to Armenia, the corresponding visa or permit must be obtained from the Armenian diplomatic mission.
Visa-free visitors are allowed to stay in Armenia for 3 or 6 months. The length of stay allowed varies depending on nationality. Additionally, holders of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) are allowed to travel to Armenia without a visa.
Below is the full list of visa-free Armenian countries:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Republic of Cyprus
- Russian Federation
- United Kingdom
- United States
Electronic visa for Armenia
The Government of Armenia has introduced the e-Visa system, which significantly speeds up and facilitates visa applications for tourists from several countries. There are two types of electronic visas that one can obtain upon arrival in Armenia, which are a single-entry visa with a stay of 21 days or 120 days. The validity of the first is 3 months, while the latter remains valid for 6 months.
Please note that e-Visa is only accepted at certain points of entry. Check here for more details.
Armenian embassy or consular visa
All citizens of countries not eligible for electronic visas, as well as those planning to visit Armenia for a long-term stay, either for work or to live, must apply for a regular visa in the traditional way. To this end, they will have to make an appointment at the embassy and provide some supporting documents. Required documents may vary depending on the reason for travel, expected length of stay, and the applicant's nationality.
Since applying for a visa at an embassy or consulate can take several weeks, be sure to start the process well in advance of your planned trip. Contact your nearest Armenian embassy for more information.
Visa on Arrival
Armenia offers the possibility of issuing visas on arrival to citizens of two countries:
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
Visitors from other countries must apply for a visa to Armenia by applying online or visiting the nearest Armenian diplomatic mission.
Visa on arrival is issued for short-term stays at the border control area when tourists arrive in the country. VoA facilities are only provided at certain entry points including:
- Zvartnots and Shirak International Airports
- Bagratashen, Tavush province (border with Georgia)
- Bavra, Shirak province (border with Georgia)
- Meghri, Syunik province (border with Iran)
- Gogavan, Lori Province (border with Georgia)
Applying for a visa at the border is a lengthy procedure. We strongly recommend that all travelers who are eligible to apply for an e-visa or are able to apply for a visa before departure do so to avoid queuing upon arrival in Armenia.
The visa-on-arrival entry points are the same and are the only ports that accept Armenian e-visas.
At the moment, travelers do not need to complete any pre-departure health declaration forms.
The Armenian government has made it mandatory to purchase travel health insurance before arriving in the country. Make sure your insurance covers Covid-19, as well as any other medical needs that may arise during your stay in Armenia.