Visa policy of Azerbaijan

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Visitors to Azerbaijan must obtain a visa from one of the Azerbaijani diplomatic missions, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries, countries eligible for visa on arrival or countries eligible for ASAN electronic visa.

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Azerbaijan for ordinary passport holders
  Republic of Azerbaijan
  Visa free for all passports
  Visa issued upon arrival by air. Also eligible for ASAN electronic visa.
  Visa on arrival under special conditions. Also eligible for ASAN electronic visa.
  Eligible for ASAN electronic visa.
  Visa obtained in person required prior to arrival.
  Entry banned

General visa requirements[edit]

Azerbaijan visa

The passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expiry date of the Azerbaijani visa applied for.[1] If there is less than 3 months for the expiry of a foreign citizen's passport, a visa will not be granted.[2] Citizens of specific countries listed, who are required to obtain a visa with an ordinary passport or with a service passport, have to obtain a visa before travelling to Azerbaijan. Visas are issued in at an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan or upon arrival at the border crossing points of the Republic of Azerbaijan.[3] The visa application form may be filled online and submitted to the diplomatic mission.[4]

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following 9 countries can visit Azerbaijan without a visa for up to 90 days:[5][6]

Additionally holders of diplomatic or official/service passports of Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Macedonia, Morocco, Montenegro, Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vietnam and only holders of diplomatic passports of Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Spain and Sweden do not require a visa to visit Azerbaijan.[7]

An agreement between Azerbaijan and Latvia on mutual visa-free visits for holders of service passports was signed in February 2017 and is yet to be ratified.[8]

Visa on arrival[edit]

Citizens of the following countries can obtain a visa for Azerbaijan on arrival valid for 30 days obtainable at any international airport.[9][10]

Limited visa on arrival

Citizens of  Iran can obtain a 15 days visa on arrival only for the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.[12]

Citizens of  Turkey can obtain a 30 days visa on arrival only at Heydar Aliyev International Airport.[13]

Citizens of  United States can obtain a 30 days visa on arrival only if arriving on a direct flight of Azerbaijan Airlines from New York City.[14]

Visa on arrival for holders of an official invitation letter issued by the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan or other Azerbaijan government authority. Visa on arrival for staff of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and their dependents, provided holding an official invitation letter issued by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days for holders of an official invitation letter issued by the Operating Committee of Baku Chess Olympiad or an accreditation card issued by the International Chess Federation (FIDE).

Electronic visa[edit]

Azerbaijan introduced electronic visas for citizens of designated countries in January 2017. The system is called ASAN Visa and the visas are issued for a single-entry visit up to 30 days.[15] The e-visa should be printed and presented together with the passport (that should be valid at least 3 months more than the validity period of the electronic visa) at the border checkpoint.[16] The designated 81 countries are the following:[17]


As of February 2017, ASAN was looking into the possibility of making the electronic visa application available directly at the ports of entry at the border with Georgia, Russia, Turkey, and Iran.[18]

Visa facilitation[edit]

Azerbaijan concluded a visa facilitation agreement with the  European Union (excluding Denmark, Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom) which reduces the number of documents sufficient for justifying the purpose of the trip, envisages issuance of multiple-entry visas, limits the length of processing and reduces the issuing fee or waives it entirely for many categories of EU citizens.[19]

Bans[edit]

Due to a state of war with the Republic of Armenia, the Government of Azerbaijan bans the entry of citizens from  Armenia, as well as citizens of any other country who are of Armenian descent, to the Republic of Azerbaijan[20][21] (though there have been exceptions, notably for Armenia's participation at the 2015 European Games held in Azerbaijan).

The government of Azerbaijan strictly bans any visit of foreign citizens to the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh (the de facto Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), its surrounding territories and the Azerbaijani exclaves of Karki, Yuxarı Əskipara, Barxudarlı and Sofulu which are de jure part of Azerbaijan but under control of Armenia, without prior consent of the Government of Azerbaijan. Foreign citizens who enter these occupied territories, will be permanently banned from entering the Republic of Azerbaijan and will be included into the "list of persona non grata".[22]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Azerbaijan were from the following countries of nationality:[23]

Country 2015 2014 2013
 Russia 685,555 843,851 903,242
 Georgia 571,648 699,532 810,390
 Turkey 167,448 146,071 143,579
 Iran 149,600 131,179 150,963
 Ukraine 55,119 58,201 51,802
 United Kingdom 34,892 33,563 32,841
 Kazakhstan 27,145 29,468 28,226
 Germany 15,210 13,838 13,920
 Uzbekistan 15,185 19,336 18,627
 United States 13,208 14,543 15,612
Total 2,006,176 2,297,804 2,508,904

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Azerbaijan Tourist Visa / Azerbaijan Visa Requirements
  2. ^ Republic of Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Visa Requirements - Documents required for granting visa
  3. ^ Republic of Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Visa Requirements
  4. ^ http://evisa.mfa.gov.az/
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "Visa Information". Timatic. IATA. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ Visa centers to open in Azerbaijani airports
  10. ^ Azerbaijan Simplified Visa Policy for Citizens of Certain Countries. Haqqin.az. 25 January 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.timaticweb.com/cgi-bin/tim_website_client.cgi?SpecData=1&VISA=&page=visa&NA=ID&AR=00&PASSTYPES=PASS&DE=AZ&user=KLMB2C&subuser=KLMB2C
  12. ^ Iranian tourists can get Nakhichevan visa at border
  13. ^ Travel announcement for Azerbaijan - Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Turkish)
  14. ^ US citizens traveling by the New York – Baku direct flight on AZAL are eligible to obtain Azerbaijani visa upon arrival at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku
  15. ^ Azerbaijan announces rules of e-visa issuance through ASAN Visa system
  16. ^ Azerbaijan to launch ASAN Visa portal on Jan. 10
  17. ^ Azerbaijan publicizes list of countries that will use ASAN Visa system. APA. 15 December 2016
  18. ^ Visas to be Issued at Border. Haqqin.az. 20 February 2017.
  19. ^ AGREEMENT between the European Union and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the facilitation of the issuance of visas
  20. ^ Azerbaijan Country Page. NCSJ: Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States & Eurasia. Accessed 23 May 2010.
  21. ^ Azerbaijan doesn't allow Armenians in the country - Panarmenian.net
  22. ^ The Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Romania - Consular Issues - Visa Section
  23. ^ [4]

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