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Azerbaijan Entry and Travel Requirements

Entry requirements to Azerbaijan are a set of rules that international travelers must follow to enter Azerbaijan easily. One of the standard requirements for traveling to Azerbaijan is to have a passport valid for at least 180 days. In addition to a valid passport, most travelers will also need to obtain an appropriate Azerbaijan visa to meet their specific travel needs.

According to Azerbaijan's visa policy, the type of visa required by foreign visitors may vary depending on nationality, purpose of trip as well as expected duration of stay in the country.

Azerbaijan has introduced electronic visas, also known as ASAN visas, allowing citizens of 100 different countries to obtain visas through a completely online application. Visitors who are not listed as eligible for an e-visa must go to an Azerbaijani diplomatic mission and apply for a consular visa in the traditional way, even if they plan to visit Azerbaijan during short. Additionally, any foreign national wishing to live and/or work in Azerbaijan must have the appropriate visa and permit issued during an in-person visit to Azerbaijan's diplomatic missions.

About ten nationalities benefit from visa-free entry to Azerbaijan for a certain period. Visa-free countries are neighbors of Azerbaijan or countries of the former Soviet Union.

Currently, Azerbaijani authorities ban Armenian citizens from entering Azerbaijan, including those of Armenian origin, such as Armenian Russians, due to territorial disputes between these two countries. Any foreign national entering the disputed territories could be permanently barred from any future entry into the country.

During the ongoing pandemic, visitors to Azerbaijan may face some Covid-related restrictions. Land border crossings remain closed and travelers can currently only enter Azerbaijan by air. Passengers over 18 years old must present documents proving Covid-19 vaccination when crossing the Azerbaijan border. Unvaccinated persons must present proof of a positive PCR test result (taken more than 2 weeks and less than 6 months before the planned trip). Important:
As travel restrictions can change at short notice, people should check for the latest updates before a planned trip.

Who can enter Azerbaijan?

Azerbaijan remains open to vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors. Depending on the traveler's vaccination status, entry requirements and required travel documents may vary.

Document checklist for entry to Azerbaijan

  1. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination
  2. proof of immunity (for unvaccinated people only)
  3. Visa to Azerbaijan
  4. Travel insurance (optional)



Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements

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Fully vaccinated travelers can enter Azerbaijan without taking a Covid-19 test. However, travelers who have not been fully vaccinated against coronavirus must present proof of immunity – a positive PCR test taken more than 14 days and less than 6 months before departure. No additional Covid-19 testing is required.

Vaccination required

Unvaccinated travelers can enter Azerbaijan, but they must present proof of immunity. Vaccinated travelers must present proof of vaccination. At least 14 days must have passed since you received your second dose of vaccine. EU Covid digital certificates are accepted.

Quarantine required

There are currently no quarantine requirements in Azerbaijan.

Traveling from Azerbaijan

Travelers planning to depart or stop in transit from Azerbaijan should note that departure flights may be limited.

There are no testing requirements to leave the country. However, you should contact your airline directly for more detailed information. Certain Covid-19 restrictions may also remain in force in your final destination country. Be sure to follow recent updates to ensure a hassle-free trip.

Traveling to Azerbaijan

Entry into Azerbaijan is currently only possible by air. Land border crossings remain closed.

Travelers 18 years of age and older must present official documentation confirming that they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

All visitors to Azerbaijan should familiarize themselves with all applicable visa restrictions and regulations.

Entry Rules for Children

Children aged 17 and under are exempt from the requirement to provide proof of vaccination to enter Azerbaijan.

It is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian to obtain the appropriate visa on behalf of the accompanying minor when traveling to Azerbaijan. In the case of electronic visas, each traveler, regardless of age, must have his or her own visa.

Transit through Azerbaijan

Visa-exempt countries

Azerbaijan offers visa exemption for nationals of 11 different countries who do not need to hold a visa for a short-term stay in the country. The full list includes the following:

Visa requirements

Visa-exempt countries

Azerbaijan offers visa exemption for nationals of 11 different countries who do not need to hold a visa for a short-term stay in the country. The full list includes the following:

  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russian Federation
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican City

The maximum time they are allowed to stay in Azerbaijan without a visa is 3 months. To stay longer, they will need to apply for a visa for the specific purposes of their trip.

Visa-free entry to Nakhichevan

In addition, Iranian citizens can enter any territory of Azerbaijan, specifically the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, without a visa.

Electronic visa for Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan introduced an e-visa system in 2017, making the process of applying for a one-time e-visa easier and faster.

Travelers from eligible countries can use the ASAN system and apply for a short-term stay visa. The e-visa covers travel and business-related activities as well as travel to Azerbaijan for medical treatment.

The entire process can be completed online, while the approved e-visa will be sent to the applicant's email address.

Currently, the list of countries eligible for Azerbaijan e-visas includes about 100 different nationalities.

Azerbaijan Embassy or Consulate Visa

Citizens of approximately 140 different countries cannot use the ASAN eVisa system to apply for an electronic visa to Azerbaijan. Instead, they should apply for a visa at the nearest embassy or consulate, whether they are planning a short-term visit or planning to stay and/or work long-term in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has concluded visa facilitation agreements with all EU member states except the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. In practice, this means that applying is easier and less demanding for nationals of countries participating in the agreement.

Restricted areas of Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani government has introduced a rather strict policy prohibiting foreign tourists from entering the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, as well as neighboring territories controlled by Armenia. Some small Azerbaijani enclaves under Armenian control are also subject to restrictions.

Entering any of these areas without prior consent may result in a permanent ban from entering any territory of Azerbaijan and a future visa ban.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is not a legal requirement in Azerbaijan. However, purchasing comprehensive insurance with Covid-19 coverage should be one of the priorities of all travelers before planning an international trip.

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