The Azerbaijan tourist visa is date-specific, meaning you have to enter after a set date and leave before the set expiry date. It is single or double entry, and valid for 30 days.
Rules for visa application change from embassy to embassy. Some require a letter of invitation (stamped and signed) from a licensed Azeri travel agency, some nothing at all, some hotel bookings (you can cancel later) and others a special MFA approved, mega-expensive LOI (100$ to 250$ for express service). See the embassy reports for more details.
Prices are also variable: between 40 – 100$ in embassies. A letter of invitation usually costs 60$. You can contact a reliable Azerbaijan travel agency through our contact form to get an Azeri LOI.
Furthermore you will need:
- application form
- two passport size (3×4 cm) photos
- your passport (with at least 6 months after the expiry date of the Azerbaijani visa)
A law exists saying that travelers need to be registered within 3 days of their arrival in Azerbaijan. In the past, this was not enforced. Now, however, it is, although the timeframe has been loosened to 10 days. Read all about it: Registration in Azerbaijan.
E-visas were not a good deal until recently. It took more than a month to issue and the price was over 100$. Things have gotten better now, though.
Advantages of the e-visa
- Lower cost than application with LOI (around 55$)
- No need to waste your time at embassies
- You can keep your passport and will just be e-mailed your visa as a pdf. You can enter Azerbaijan at any border entry point with this type of visa.
Disadvantages of the e-visa
- 5-10 days processing time (express service is possible for hefty surcharge)
- The need to book a hotel for the whole duration of your visa; you can cancel them after you receive your visa though.
The e-visa is valid for 30 days, but you only get as many days as you have booked hotels for, to be used within the 30-day timeframe.
You can apply for Azeri E-Visa through our contact form with a reputable tour company based in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan transit visa
A single or multiple transit visa is valid for 5 days within a 1 month window from date of issue. Cost of a transit visa is $20/40 for single/double entry. Proof of onward travel might be required(plane/train tickets, or onward visa). You only need an application form, passport photo and photocopy of your passport.
No letter of invitation (LOI) is necessary.
Azerbaijan visa on arrival
Only Israel, Turkey and Emiratis citizens have the opportunity to obtain visas in Azerbaijan international airports (Baku, Ganja, Nakhichevan) upon arrival. US citizens travelling by the New York-Baku direct flight on Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) are also eligible to obtain short stay single entry (up to 30 days) Azerbaijani visa upon arrival at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku. All other citizens have to have their visas ready before traveling to Azerbaijan. Visa on arrival on land borders or at the sea port of Baku is also not an option.
There are rumours Azerbaijan will bring VOA back. Watch this space.
You can also find updated embassy reports on this website. A good place to get it right now (2016) is Tbilisi. Batumi is also ok.
Aktau, Kazakhstan consulate
Address: The embassy has moved and the address on their website is no longer correct. They are now located at Mikrorayon 15, building 30k-1. Telephone: +7 729 242 23 00. It’s in the northern part of the city. Get there by bus 5, then walk for 10 minutes or take bus 2 north along the promenade to the very last stop and keep walking north along the shorefront, then take the 2nd road going up to your right. The bank where you need to pay is also on bus 5’s route. 25 tenge. A taxi shouldn’t cost more than 200-300 tenge.
Opening hours: 10:00 to 13:00.
May 2013: 3 Forms, one passport photo and one photocopy. Transit visa 20USD, one week processing time. You do not have to pay, or even give your passport over, till the day it is ready. Pay at a bank 20 minutes walk away where have to find someone with an Kazakh national ID card.
March 2012: For a tourist visa you need a letter of invitation. It seems they do not ask for the special LOI with MFA approval. Without a letter of invitation, you can only obtain a transit visa for 5 days. A tourist visa costs 60$, transit visa costs 20$. 3 to 5 business days processing time. You can call them to ask if your visa is ready, so you are spared a potentially useless trip.
Open 9am-12 Mon-Fri.
February 2015: Not a good place to apply, they require the MFA-approved LOI.
The man who runs the gate is delightful and friendly, the man who gives the visas is not. Also demanded letter of invitation (did not need to be MFA approved). Wanted to keep my passport, but settled for a copy — only color, not black and white (you can get color copies at the shopping mall down the hill). Refused to consider tourist voucher discount. Applied Wednesday with application, 3 photos and visa support. Told to come back Monday, but Monday morning was told to come back “tomorrow… or the day after”. After protesting, was able to receive my visa 4pm Monday. $160 + visa support for 30 days, single entry, date specific.
February 2015: LOI needed, 2 week turnaround.
Does not always have stickers for visas, in this case, you will have to try Tbilisi. Opening hours are erratic and not advertised. Mon-Fri seems sure. Has started operating some days at 9.45, other days only at 11.30. Consul seems to be there until late-ish afternoon. You will need 2 application forms (picked up at the Consul), 2 photos, 2 copies of passport. All updates now centralized here.
August 2015: 15 minute turnaround, 40 euro.
June 2015: 1 week turnaround, 90 lari paid in cash at a bank 500m away.
May 1, 2015: Batumi: no stickers for the visa, we were directed to go to Tbilisi. This also happened for a German and a Canadian that tried the same time we did.
April 2015: Swiss passport, 3 days of processing (applied on Tuesday, got it on Friday), no LOI, 60€ for 30 days, very friendly. First he said it would take 4 days of processing, but after chatting for a while and explaining him that I am cycling, he agreed to do it in 3 days.
February 2015: Visas without LOI issued for 35 euros (processing time?) or for 135 euros in 1 hour.
November 2014: Visas without LOI issued once again, but processing time 2 weeks. Express Service is available (how long?) for 100$
June 2014: no more visas in Batumi! Earlier in June they did not offer visas without LOI, now it seems they do not hand out visas at all anymore.
Before: Everyone is really friendly here, English, French, Russian spoken. Prices: British 210 Lari, EU 150 Lari, Australian 100 Lari. Visa issued same day to 3 days processing time, depending on nationality and how convincing you can be.
Address (updated January 2013): 183 Феликса Дзержинского, Pervomaysky District, Bishkek (in the district north of the main street Chuy Avenue). The old name address is 183 Dzerzhinsky near the corner of Leningradskaya. Taxis and local people tend to use the old name address. The new name address (if using Google maps) will be 183 Felix Dzerzhinsky near the corner of Bayalinov (beware that GMaps is wrong and it is significantly further down Dzerzhinsky, use the coordinates below for more accuracy).
Coordinates to the front door +42° 53′ 38.22″, +74° 36′ 25.80″
How to get there (from the Sovietskaya end of Leningradskaya): turn right off Leningradskaya onto Dzerzhinsky (there is a huge red brick fence on the corner) and the Embassy is 100 metres along on the right.You can’t miss the guard house and the flag.
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am to 1pm. But phone him if you need to apply, he may open for you anyway. He’s a real gentleman! Telephone: 376471 for questions, the consul speaks very good English.
August 2015: No letter of invitation is needed. You only have to write your own letter of intention, explaining where you wanna go in Azerbaijan, when you go, what your reason is (tourist) and how long you want to stay. The letter had to typed and printed. 2 passport pictures, filled in application form, Hotel booking, and booking.com reservation is accepted. You need to book only for your stay in the city of arrival in Azerbaijan. 35 Euro per person, to be paid at a Demir Bank (several addresses are mentioned on the paper you get at the embassy).
Straight forward process, very friendly consul and it takes between 5 and 7 working days.
August 2015: 10 days turnaround for a transit visa.
June 2015: 9 days turnaround for a transit visa, 20 usd for American.
November 2014: Still as before, but you need to write a letter declaring your intentions. 1 week processing.
February 2013: ended up costing $118 without LOI in 4 days for British passport holder. No need to have Hotel Reservations, Confirmations, or emails from the Hilton Baku. When asked I gave the address of a Baku guesthouse (which I had randomly pulled of WikiTravel) and this sufficed.
May 2012: Processing for tourist visas 4-5 days. You can keep your passport while processing if you ask. Not a busy embassy. British traveler got 30-day tourist visa for 20$ with LOI (without LOI 116$), Japanese traveler free without LOI. You need a hotel booking directly through a hotel, not a hotel booking site. The Hilton in Baku allows booking without credit card. Make a booking through their website, then ask for a confirmation letter stating full names of all in party and if they are male or female. That should do it.
February 2015: Foreigners cannot apply.
On the web there is some confusion about the location of this embassy. The actual address is 18 Plehanova Street. Walking north on Rudaki avenue, past Karamov Street, it is the third or fourth on the left.
January 2015: Transit visa (5 days in a one-month window period), applied on Thursday, collected the following Tuesday. Contrarily to what I gathered from the web, they said there is no same-day procedure, which may make a significant difference if one is simultaneously applying for a Turkmen transit visa and the Azeri visa is one’s proof of onward travel. You keep your passport, the person in charge speaks English.
Address: Zeytinoglu str. 65, Akatlar/Besiktas
February 2015: All non-residents need to apply in Ankara. Akatlar address is correct.
Kars, Turkey consulate
May 2013: A simple LOI issued by an approved travel agency would have been sufficient and we would have got our visa in 2/3 hours. If you have an LOI of a private person you would need additionally an approval of the MFA.
May 2013: visa applications after 2:30pm. Wanted letter of invitation even for Turkish residency permit holders. Was told that it would take 10 days for processing with a letter.
Applications only from residents.
No recommendation needed in Tabriz, but therefore a LOI.
Address: Sharg Tongi, 25. Telephone: (99871) 273 61 67
Opening hours: 10-12 and 15-16 pick-up Mon-Fri.
May 2015: Tried to apply for a transit visa, got declined straight away. The consul said it isn’t available anymore. Asked for tourist visa instead. He literally told me how I could even dare to belive to get a visa without LOI while Azeri citizens require one to travel through my country. The expensive MFA approved LOI seems to be required, although he seemed to be a bit undecided at this point. He then told me I only Uzbek residents can apply at this embassy, but he then told me again I should apply with LOI. I’ve got German and British passports, tried both.
May 2013: Transit visa for German passport holder. Went to Embassy with neither LOI nor inbound/outbound transport confirmation. Had a hotel booking (via booking.com) for Baku.
Arrived around 10.30 and had our names added to visitor list. No other people in line, but friendly front desk staff made us wait outside the embassy for 45 minutes until the consul was ready.
Consul issued the visa straight away. We only had to fill out the application form, hand over one passport photo and the visa fee of €60 per person. He didn’t even want to see our hotel booking confirmation.
April 2013: Tourist visa for New Zeland passport holder. Obtained invitation letter and voucher from the web-agency stated on this site, however the visa application was rejected initially, as the new consul requested approval from the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (went back to the same agency, who charged USD250 for express service). Went back a second time with invitation from the ministry, and the 30-day tourist visa was issued on the spot for USD50.
Embassy opens officially at 1000-1200, and again 1500-1600, Mon-Fri. In actuality, the lady at the front desk arrives at 10, cleans up and makes herself a cup of tea, so really, it opens at about 1030. Then, she writes your name in a book, and asks you to wait under the bus stop-like shed outside, while she calls to consul. In actuality, she stares at her finger nails… Documents needed: photocopy of passport front page, application form filled out, the elusive invitation, 2 photos and money. There is a book the consuls refers for cost of the visa.
Address: V. Gorgasali street, along the river. The gate for visa is on the right side. Opening hours: 10:00 to 12:00 (applying), from 16:00 to 17:30 (collect visa).
There is also an agency that can do all the paperwork for you called Visa arrange Travel agency, at Gorgasali 3. No LOI needed, all you need to do is go to the embassy with the documents they give you, go to the bank and pay, and collect your visa. Dunno about their fee, but comes recommended. Updates collected here.
July 2015: Now only seems to give out visas a few days before you want to enter Azerbaijan. They will not call you with updates, you need to go there.
May 8, 2015: 4 days, no LOI, used booking.com print outs for proof of stay. $160 per person (American). I asked about the “tourist” visa, but was not really given an answer.
May 2015: Medea Travel can do the paperwork for you in 5 days for 70$.
February 2015: Same as in January.
January 2015: Italian passports, 4 day turnaround, 35 euro. You can keep your passport during processing. Required: passport copy, 2 pictures, application form collected and filled directly in the embassy, LOI or hotel reservation. As suggested from the same embassy, we booked a random hotel for a few nights and then we canceled the reservation.
Note that the consulate handles visa issuance and not the embassy, which is at the other end of town. Consular section (the new one!) in Niavaran, on 14th Street [GPS: 35.8183, 51.4758], Their webpage still lists the old address, don’t be confused by that! http://www.azembassy.ir/ .
You will need – a copy of passport; 2 passport-sized pictures; to fill the form, given in the consulate; hotel booking for the duration of your stay (booking.com will do) or letter from your embassy (confirm this with them before, to be sure); 60€ cash (depends on your country of origin) to be paid at the consulate.
June 2015: Recommendation of your own embassy needed, but no other supporting documents. Applications only Mondays but same issuance. 60 Euros for German passport.
May 2015: We applied for visas on Monday morning and got them in the same day, in the evening.
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