Armenia Visa Types
Visas to Armenia are not required for most European countries and some American or Asian countries. Without an electronic visa, you can stay in Armenia for up to 180 days without interruption. After this period, you will need a residence permit, otherwise you risk paying a fine of up to $209.
To avoid extending your stay, you can return to Armenia, after which you will have another stay limit of 180 days.
As noted above, many countries around the world do not require a visa to visit Armenia (for example, all European Union countries, China, Japan, Argentina, or Australia). If you belong to this group, you can stay in Armenia for a maximum of 180 days (extendable for another 180 days when crossing the border and returning).
You can apply for an Armenian visa online. To stay longer, you must have a residence permit. The visa will be valid for 120 days and can be extended for an additional 60 days.
In the visa application, you need to provide information such as nationality, travel data, name, etc. Additionally, you have to pay a fee.
Please note that online Armenian visas are non-refundable and are issued within a maximum of 3 working days. If you want to check your visa status, you can do so on the website and you will then receive an email.
Visa on arrival
From July 5, 2022, it is possible to apply for a visa on arrival. Certain nationals (e.g. from Türkiye, the Bahamas or Canada) and residence permit holders can obtain this type of visa.
Additionally, Armenian citizens and natives (and their families) can apply for a visa on arrival.
Embassy-issued Sticker Visa
In some countries in Africa and Asia (such as Angola, Chad or Afghanistan), it is not possible to apply for an e-Visa online. In this case, the citizen must apply for a regular visa and go to the embassy/consulate. In this visa category, you must have an Armenian sponsor who will send you an invitation letter.
If you cannot obtain an electronic visa or are not eligible for visa-free travel, you must receive an invitation from a natural or legal person. However, there is an exception for Syrian citizens who can apply for a visa without an invitation. You must complete this document with the Police Visas Department when applying as an individual and with the Department of Foreign Affairs when issued by law enforcement.
Additionally, you do not need an invitation letter when you have Armenian ancestors or relatives. You just need to prove your Armenian origin.
Sometimes consular officers do not request an invitation (for example, when you are a permanent resident of the United States).
Classes of visas
We can distinguish several types of Armenian visas:
- Tourist visa (including visiting family and friends)
- Family visa consolidation
- Medical treatment visa
- Visa to participate in cultural events
- Student visa
- Visa allows participation in programs (charity, humanitarian, etc.)
- Visa for work, business, investment
- Visa for seafarers.
Long-term visas are not issued by the Armenian embassy. To stay longer, you need a residence permit (which you can only get in Armenia).
Armenia visa requirements
At the Armenian Embassy you will be asked to present:
- Passport is valid
- Visa application form
- Passport-sized color photo.
In addition, you need to pay a fee and provide additional documents (such as hotel reservation, invitation letter, etc.).
In the case of an e-Visa, you must submit an e-Visa application form with your personal/travel information, as well as email, and have a passport valid for at least 6 months with a page for stamping.
You can also apply for visa extension in case of e-Visa from the Passport and Visa Department of the Armenian Police, however, you must apply for the visa before your visa expires. Additionally, you must have a reason to extend your stay in Armenia.
You can also extend your visa-free trip for another 180 days. How? All you have to do is leave and re-enter the country and your stay will legally be longer.