Friday, September 10, 2021

Visa & Passport Requirements for Azerbaijan

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Visa restrictions
If you have evidence of going to Nagorno-Karabakh, you will have difficulty entering Azerbaijan. Azeri officials will refuse you a visa, revoke any prior Azeri visas you may have acquired, and expel you from their country. You will be turned away, deported, or arrested if you attempt to enter Azerbaijan.

Nagorno-Karabakh officials may provide their visa on a piece of paper distinct from your passport if asked, although they often neglect to do so even when told to do so.

Citizens of Armenia, as well as anybody of Armenian ancestry or with an Armenian name or surname, are also denied entry into Azerbaijan. Bringing into Azerbaijan any goods produced in Armenia or purportedly purchased in Armenia is likewise banned. You may be hassled at the border if you have an Armenian visa in your passport.

Consider arranging a vacation that includes Azerbaijan before Armenia. Border guards and police have confiscated guidebooks that identify Nagorno-Karabakh as distinct from Azerbaijan, including Lonely Planet’s Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

Citizens of Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan do not need a visa for stays of 90 days or less.

Citizens of Bahrain, China, Israel (60 days), Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey (only at Heydar Aliyev International Airport), and the United Arab Emirates may get a 30-day visa on arrival.
Citizens of the United States may also get a visa on arrival, but only if they arrive on an Azerbaijan Airlines direct flight from New York City.

Only Iranian citizens may get a 15-day visa on arrival in Nakhchivan.

No matter whatever nation you are a citizen of, if you have an Armenian name, you will not be granted a visa.

Single-entry visas may be acquired in person or by mail from any Azerbaijani embassy that provides consular services. Visas can no longer be obtained at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev Airport. Outside of Azerbaijan, multiple visas are not usually granted. EU citizens typically pay 60 AZN, whereas US passport holders pay US$160 (depending on reciprocity) for any visa ranging from one to three months in duration.

A letter of invitation (LOI) from an Azerbaijani contact is needed.

The embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, D.C. will grant visas without a letter of invitation if your stay in Azerbaijan is limited to a few days. Foreign citizens wishing to stay in Azerbaijan for more than 30 days must register with local police within three days of their arrival, according to Azerbaijani legislation. Foreign residents should go to the local district police office’s passport department and fill out an application form. The cost of registration is 9.90AZN. If you do not register within the first three days of your arrival, you will be fined 300AZN. If you are still inside the 30-day term and hold a double or multi-entry visa, you may go to Georgia and restart the 30-day period.

According to the Foreign Ministry’s website, it is also possible to apply for an e-visa online via designated travel companies.

Foreign visitors staying in Azerbaijan for more than ten days must register with the State Migration Service within ten working days of their arrival. Failure to register within this time period will result in a 300 AZN punishment (2015). Registration is free and may be done online by providing a copy of the passport and a completed application form, or in person at specially built State Migration Service offices (one of such offices will be opened eventually at the Train Station, however it was closed as of 2015). Hotels may provide this service to their customers, but visitors are strongly encouraged to double-check that the registration has been completed, since hotels often fail to do so.