Azerbaijan Entry Requirements
Azerbaijan Entry Requirements are the set of rules that international travelers must follow to enter Azerbaijan hassle-free. One of the standard requirements to travel to Azerbaijan is to hold a passport that will remain valid for a minimum of 180 days. Apart from a valid passport, most travelers will also need to obtain an appropriate Azerbaijan visa covering their particular travel needs.
According to the Azerbaijan visa policy, the visa type that a foreign traveler should obtain may differ depending on their nationality, their travel purpose as well as the planned duration of stay in the country.
Azerbaijan introduced an electronic visa, also known as the ASAN visa, enabling citizens from 100 various countries to obtain a visa via an entirely online application.
Travelers not listed as eligible for e-Visa need to visit the Azerbaijani diplomatic mission and apply for a consular visa in a traditional way even if they plan to visit Azerbaijan for short-term purposes. Moreover, any foreign national who wishes to live or/and work in Azerbaijan must obtain a relevant visa and permit granted upon an in-person visit to the Azerbaijani diplomatic posts.
There are around 10 nationalities who are granted visa-free access to Azerbaijan for a certain time period. The visa-exempt countries are all neighboring Azerbaijan or ex-Soviet states.
Currently, the Azerbaijani authorities prohibit Armenian nationals from entering Azerbaijan, including people of Armenian descent, e.g., Armenian Russians, due to a territorial dispute between these two nations. Any foreign citizen who will enter the territories in dispute may receive a permanent ban on future entries to the country.
During the ongoing pandemic, travelers arriving in Azerbaijan may face some covid-related restrictions. Land border crossings remain closed, and travelers can currently enter Azerbaijan only by air. Passengers who are over 18 must submit Covid-19 vaccination proof upon crossing the Azerbaijan borders. Those who have not been vaccinated must present proof of a positive PCR test (taken more than 2 weeks and less than 6 months before planned travel).
Important: Since the travel restrictions may change at short notice, everyone should consult the latest update before the planned trip.
Who can enter Azerbaijan?
Azerbaijan remains open both for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Depending on the traveler's vaccination status, entry requirements and necessary travel documents may differ.
Documents check-list for entering Azerbaijan
- Covid-19 vaccination proof
- immunity proof (only f unvaccinated)
- Azerbaijan visa
- travel insurance (optional)
Testing, Vaccination, and Quarantine Requirements
Fully vaccinated travelers can enter Azerbaijan without needing to have a Covid-19 test. Travelers who have not received the full regimen of coronavirus vaccine are, however, required to submit the immunity proof - a positive PCR test performed more than 14 days and less than 6 months before a trip. No additional Covid-19 tests are necessary.
Non-vaccinated travelers can enter Azerbaijan, but they need to show proof of their immunity. Vaccinated travelers need to show vaccination proof. At least 14 days must have passed since the day of receiving the second vaccination dose. EU Digital Covid Certificates are accepted.
There are currently no quarantine requirements in Azerbaijan.
Traveling from Azerbaijan
Travelers planning to depart from Azerbaijan or make a transit stop there should be aware that there may be limited departure flights.
There are no testing requirements to depart the country. Nevertheless, you should contact your airlines directly for more detailed information. There may also be some Covid-19 restrictions remaining in place in the country of your final destination. Do remember to follow the recent updates to ensure trouble-free travel.
Traveling to Azerbaijan
Entering Azerbaijan is now possible only by air. Land border crossings are still closed.
Travelers aged 18 and older are required to present an official document confirming that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
All visitors to Azerbaijan should familiarize themselves with all the up-to-date restrictions as well as visa regulations.
Entry Rules for Children
Children aged 17 and younger are exempt from the requirement to provide vaccination proof to enter Azerbaijan.
Parents or legal guardians are responsible for obtaining a relevant visa on behalf of the underage travelers accompanying them on a trip to Azerbaijan. In the case of e-Visa, every traveler, regardless of age, must hold a separate visa.
Transit through Azerbaijan
The entry requirements for transit passengers do not differ from the entry restrictions applicable to regular travelers arriving in Azerbaijan. Before your trip, check with your airline whether they imposed their own transit rules.
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:
- Russian Federation
- Vatican City
The maximum time that they are permitted to stay in Azerbaijan without a visa is 3 months. For longer stays, they will need to obtain a visa covering their particular travel purposes.
Visa-free access to Nakhchivan
Additionally, Iranian nationals may enter one of Azerbaijan's territories, i.e., the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, visa-free.
Azerbaijan introduced an electronic visa system in 2017 which facilitates and speeds up the application process for single-entry electronic visas.
Travelers from eligible countries can use the ASAN system and obtain a visa for a short-term stay. e-Visa covers tourism and business-related activities as well as visiting Azerbaijan for medical treatment.
The entire process can be completed online, while the approved electronic visa is delivered to the applicant's email address.
Currently, the list of Azerbaijan e-Visa eligible countries includes around 100 different nationalities.
Azerbaijan Embassy or Consular Visa
Nationals of around 140 different countries cannot use the ASAN eVisa system to obtain an electronic visa for Azerbaijan. Instead, they need to apply for a visa at the nearest embassy or consulate no matter whether they plan a short-term visit or they have long-term-oriented plans to stay or/and work in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan has made visa facilitation agreements with all EU member countries, excluding the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. In practice, it means an easier and less demanding application for nationals of the countries participating in the agreements.
Azerbaijan Restricted Regions
The Azerbaijani authorities introduced a quite strict policy forbidding foreign visitors from entering the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, as well as its nearby territories controlled by Armenia. Some of the small exclaves of Azerbaijan being under the control of Armenia are restricted too.
Entering any of these regions without obtaining prior consent may result in receiving a permanent ban on entering any territory of Azerbaijan and a ban on a visa in the future.
Travel insurance is not a legal requirement in Azerbaijan. Nevertheless, buying comprehensive insurance with Covid-19 coverage should be one of the everyone traveler's priorities before planning any international travel.