Visa Policy for Azerbaijan


The Azerbaijan government has outlined its visa policy’s rules and regulations to clearly explain the entry requirements for international travellers looking to visit the country. Azerbaijan offers a range of visas to allow foreign nationals to get entry permits per their required travel purpose. However, it must be noted that the visa options offered by the Azerbaijani authorities are reliant on several factors, including the travel purpose, visitor’s nationality, and duration of stay.

Azerbaijan ASAN Visa

Azerbaijan offers travellers a short-term visa called electronic or ASAN Visa. Nationals from around 100 countries can apply for an ASAN visa by completing an online application form to obtain it. This is a relatively new visa system implemented primarily to improve the visa application process for foreign nationals, make it more convenient, hassle-free, and fast-paced, and enhance border control checks.

Azerbaijan Consular Visa

According to Azerbaijan’s visa policy, nationals of nearly 140 countries need to apply for a Consular Visa at their nearest Azerbaijan embassy or visa facilitation centre to visit the country for a short-term trip.

Long-Term Visas

All international travellers who want to move to Azerbaijan or seek employment must select the appropriate visa category and apply for it under Azerbaijan’s immigration policy.

Visa Exemption

Citizens of 10 countries can enter Azerbaijan without obtaining a visa and stay in the country for a specific duration. However, if travellers from visa-exempt countries decide to stay for a longer period, they will require a relevant visa.

Travellers from one country cannot enter Azerbaijan because of its ongoing territorial dispute with Azerbaijan. Moreover, any foreigner who has entered the disputed territories will be permanently banned from entering Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan Tourist Visa Policy

A tourist visa is required if the purpose of your travel is purely touristic and you do not wish to move to the country to get employed. A majority of nationalities can apply for an ASAN e-Visa, which is a multi-purpose visa and grants the traveller permission to enter Azerbaijan for various reasons, including tourism.

ASAN visa allows a foreign tourist to stay in Azerbaijan for a maximum duration of 30 days. The visa application process is comparatively straightforward and smooth. However, suppose your country is not listed in the list of approved nationalities for an ASAN visa. In that case, you will have to apply for a tourist visa by visiting a foreign diplomatic mission such as the Azerbaijan embassy in your city. If you wish to apply for an Azerbaijan tourist visa, it is a requirement to have a passport valid for at least 3 months after the date of your departure from Azerbaijan.

As per the visa policy of Azerbaijan, travellers from specific countries can stay in the country as a tourist for a maximum of 90 days without a visa.

 
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E-Visa for Azerbaijan

The electronic visa or the ASAN Visa system is offered to travellers from 100 different countries. You can apply for it via a straightforward online application system and don’t need to visit the embassy at all. After the visa is approved, you will receive a notification in your email inbox. This visa is valid for 90 days starting from the date of visa issuance/approval, and you can stay in Azerbaijan for up to 30 days. Do keep in mind that this is a single-entry visa. You can use your approved ASAN/e-Visa to enter the country for various purposes such as tourism, medical treatment, business, or participate in sports events or humanitarian activities.

In the ASAN visa application form, you will have to provide basic personal information, passport details, travel plans, including the accommodation details where you will stay after entering Azerbaijan, etc. Provide a valid and active email address in the application form to receive the visa without any difficulty.

Upon receiving the visa approval, you must get a printout of the approved visa and show it to the border control official upon arriving in the country. Also, you’ll need to show the passport you used while applying for the visa since the approved visa is linked to your passport. If the passport gets lost, stolen, damaged, or rendered invalid, you will have to reapply for the Azerbaijan ASAN visa after obtaining a new passport.

List of Eligible Countries for Azerbaijan Visa:

Documents Required for eVisa Azerbaijan applicants:

You are required to upload only your passport bio page picture if you are visiting for the purposes of recreation/tourism/short term course. You can take photos from your phone and upload the documents. You can read more about the documents required here Azerbaijan Visa Documents Requirement

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Types of Visa:

You can apply online if your purpose of travel is:

  1. Tourism
  2. Business
  3. Medical Treatment
  4. Humanitarian
  5. Sports
  6. Culture
  7. Education
  8. Science
  9. Business Trip
  10. Personal Trip or Education

Payment:

You can make Azerbaijan visa fee in any of the currencies and payment methods including Debit/Credit/Paypal methods. Note that the receipt is sent to the email id provided at the time of making payment. Payment is charged in USD and converted into local currency for your electronic India Visa application (eVisa Azerbaijan).

If you are not able to make payment for Azerbaijan eVisa (electronic Visa Azerbaijan) then the most likely reason is that this international transaction is being blocked by your bank/credit/debit card company. Kindly call the phone number at the back of your card, and try to make another attempt at making payment, this resolves the issue in the vast majority of cases.

Azerbaijan eVisa processing time:

The Azerbaijan eVisa processing time can take 1-3 business days. Travelers are advised to apply for their eVisa for Azerbaijan at least 3 days before their expected date of departure. Some applications might take longer to process and to avoid complications with the trip, it is best to submit the application form at least 3 days before traveling to Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan Embassy or Consular Visa Requirements

Nationals of nearly 140 countries aren’t eligible to apply online for an ASAN visa for Azerbaijan. Hence, they need to apply for a visa by visiting an Azerbaijan embassy. The applicant must possess a valid passport, which should have a minimum of three months validity after the traveller departs from Azerbaijan.

Like the ASAN visa system, for a Consular Visa, the applicant has to fill out an application form and provide personal and travel-related details along with supporting documents and pay the fees. Still, the entire process will be conducted at the embassy. Suppose you intend to work in Azerbaijan or stay in the country for an extended period. In that case, you’ll have to visit the embassy and apply for the relevant visa, regardless of your nationality. It is worth noting that only an embassy or foreign diplomatic mission of Azerbaijan can issue employment/work visas and residence permits for Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan shares a visa facilitation agreement with all European Union (EU) countries except for the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. This means, citizens from these countries will have to submit fewer documents, and their visa applications are processed quickly as well

The list of countries whose citizens will have to apply through an embassy for any type of visa is presented below.


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Visa Exempt Countries

Citizens of around 10 countries, including Azerbaijan’s geographical neighbours or ex-Soviet states, are entitled to enter and stay in Azerbaijan without obtaining a visa. But this facility is available for short trips only. The countries that enjoy visa exemption are as follows:

Visa-exempt tourists can stay in Azerbaijan for up to 90 days. If they want to extend their stay or work in Azerbaijan, they’ll have to apply for the appropriate visa at an Azerbaijani embassy.

Countries Barred from Entering Azerbaijan

Nationals of Armenia are banned from entering Azerbaijan except for an exclusive requirement, for instance, to participate in an international sporting event being held in Azerbaijan. This ban applies to people of Armenian descent regardless of their nationality, particularly Armenian Russians.

Travel Ban on Restricted Regions like Nagorno-Karabakh

The Azerbaijani government has implemented a strict policy against barring travellers from visiting the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as the Republic of Artsakh, and its surrounding territories under the control of Armenia. In fact, all territories currently under the control of Armenia are regarded as restricted regions, and travellers aren’t allowed to visit these areas. If any traveller enters any of these restricted areas, the Azerbaijani government will list them as Persona Non-Grata, and they will be permanently banned from entering Azerbaijan in the future.

Covid-19 Notice:

Amidst the ongoing wave of Coronavirus pandemic, the government of Azerbaijan has issued an advisory notice regarding the eligibility criterion for an Azerbaijani e-Visa. The new conditions apply to anyone entering the Republic of Azerbaijan, whether on an e-Visa, Consular visa or otherwise.

As per the new guidelines, all travellers must present a COVID-19 passport, which confirms that the traveller is vaccinated against the coronavirus. They will also provide a negative PCR Test report issued no more than 72 hours before departure.