Armenia Entry Requirements
Armenia Entry Requirements specify all the rules for travelers who plan to visit Armenia, including types of necessary documents they must obtain prior to departure. Among the most essential documents that the majority of travelers must have to enter Armenia without any issues are a valid passport and a visa. The traveler's passport cannot expire for a minimum of 6 months from the date of planned arrival in the country.
The Armenia visa policy determines what type of visa is applicable to a particular traveler, depending on their nationality, travel purpose, and intended length of stay in Armenia.
Nationals of many countries in the world may use the electronic visa system and apply for an e-Visa without visiting the Armenian Embassy whatsoever. The Armenia e-Visa covers short-term stays and may be used mainly for tourism purposes, and its holder is not permitted to live or work in the country.
Nationals of Samoa, as well as Saint Kitts and Nevis, may obtain a visa issued upon arrival in Armenia, which is a visa granted only for short-term purposes.
While some countries can obtain VoA or e-Visa, Armenia still requires particular citizens to book an Embassy appointment and complete all visa procedures in person. Getting a visa in a traditional way is also necessary for all travelers planning to live and/or work in Armenia. For such purposes, they will need to obtain a relevant visa or permit at a diplomatic mission in person.
Travelers from around 50 different countries can also enjoy visa-free entry, which means that they only need to have a valid passport to travel to Armenia. Nevertheless, visa-exempt travel is allowed only for a limited time and does not include working purposes.
During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Armenia introduced some additional entry restrictions, which have already been lifted. Starting from May 2022, travelers arriving in Armenia no longer need to submit vaccination certificates or negative PCR test results. The same entry requirements apply both to vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers.
Please note that the following requirements are subject to rapid change. Before visiting Armenia, make sure to familiarize yourself with the recent up-to-date entry rules to ensure smooth access to the country.
Who can enter Armenia?
Armenia allows entry for all international travelers regardless of the Covid-19 vaccination status.
Documents check-list for entering Armenia
- valid passport
- Armenian visa
- travel insurance
Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements
The Covid-19 testing requirements have been lifted.
There is no need to provide a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate to enter Armenia.
Since all Coronavirus restrictions have been removed, there are no quarantine requirements remaining in place in Armenia.
Traveling from Armenia
There are no specific rules imposed on travelers departing Armenia.
All travelers should, however, exercise extreme caution when traveling internationally and be aware of the constantly changing restrictions that may be imposed in their destination country anytime.
Traveling to Armenia
The Armenian borders remain open to international travel. Foreign arrivals may enter Armenia both by land and air.
All travelers planning to visit Armenia must hold a valid passport. Depending on the nationality and planned duration of stay, they may also need to obtain a visa.
Despite the still-ongoing pandemic, the Armenian authorities no longer maintain coronavirus restrictions in the country. Arrivals no longer need to provide any covid-related documents such as negative PCR or antigen tests or valid vaccination certificates.
Please, however, note that some airlines may still keep their own rules and restrictions. All passengers should directly contact their airlines for reliable and precise information before travel.
Entry Rules for Children
There are no specific requirements for children traveling to Armenia. All underage travelers should follow the same rules applicable to adult travelers.
Parents or legal guardians should be responsible for obtaining all the required documents, including a visa, on behalf of underage travel companions.
Transit through Armenia
Armenia did not establish specific rules for transit passengers. Nevertheless, depending on the country of your final destination, there may be certain requirements implemented by the country's government. Make sure to check them and also find out the rules of the airline you will be flying with.
Armenia allows nationals of around 50 countries (listed below) to arrive for a short-term stay without a visa. These travelers can visit Armenia for tourism-related activities and a number of other travel purposes, excluding working and/or living. If one seeks employment or plans to move to Armenia, a relevant visa or permit must be obtained from the Armenian diplomatic mission.
Visa-exempt travelers are permitted to stay in Armenia for either 3 or 6 months. The allowed length of stay varies between nationalities.
Additionally, holders of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) are allowed to travel to Armenia visa-free.
Following, you will find the complete list of Armenia visa-exempt countries:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Republic of Cyprus
- Russian Federation
- United Kingdom
- United States
The Armenian Government introduced the e-Visa system, which significantly speeds up and facilitates obtaining a visa for travelers from a number of countries. There are two types of electronic visas that one may obtain for Armenia, i.e., a single-entry visit visa for a stay of either 21 days or 120 days. The validity of the first one is 3 months, while the latest one remains valid for 6 months.
Please note that e-Visa is accepted only at certain entry points. Check here for more details.
Armenia Embassy or Consular Visa
All nationals of the countries not classified as eligible for e-Visa, as well as those who plan to visit Armenia for long-term stays, work, or living purposes, must obtain a regular visa in a traditional way. For this purpose, they will need to book an Embassy appointment and provide certain supporting documents. The required documents may vary depending on the particular travel reason, planned length of stay, and the applicant's nationality.
Since the embassy or consular visa application may take several weeks, one should remember to start the process well in advance of the intended travel. Contact the nearest Armenian Embassy for more information.
Visa on Arrival
Armenia offers the visa-on-arrival facility to the nationals of two countries:
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
Travelers from other countries need to obtain a visa for Armenia either by applying online or visiting the nearest Armenian diplomatic mission.
A visa on arrival is issued for short-term stays at border control once the traveler arrives in the country. The VoA facility is offered only 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)
Obtaining a visa on arrival is a time-consuming procedure. All travelers who are eligible for e-Visa or can obtain a visa prior to departure are highly recommended to do it to avoid standing in long lines upon arrival in Armenia.
Important: The entry points issuing visas on arrival are also the same and the only ports that accept Armenian electronic visas.
At the moment, travelers do not need to complete any pre-departure health declaration forms.
The Armenian Government made it mandatory to purchase travel medical insurance before arriving in the country. Make sure that your insurance covers Covid-19, as well as any other possible medical needs that may arise during your entire stay in Armenia.