For general tips on driving the Silk Road, see the driving overview page. Here we discuss the state of the roads, customs, where to find repair shops, and how to deal with transporting and selling a car.
You can drive a right-hand drive car in Azerbaijan as a tourist, just as in all other Silk Road countries.
Traffic is generally not too busy; especially if you just came from Iran, it will be a pleasant surprise. That’s not counting Baku, though!
The main intercity roads are generally in a good state. There are however, quite some tracks left in mountainous areas that requirea good 4WD.
Insurance, border payments and police checks
The old customs regimes have been cancelled. There are now no longer any hefty deposits to be paid, and the total time in the country for your vehicle is 90 days, even if your visa is only for 30 days.
Total payment at the border amounts to 20$ mandatory insurance for 30 days. Someone might want to sell you insurance for 90 days; you do not have to take it. An additional 20$ road tax is collected when exiting the country.
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Some claim there is still a vehicle age limit (we are not sure what the limit is) that will let drivers of old cars in for no more than 3 days. However, border guards advise to simply overstay the visa and pay a 20 manat fine, which seems to be working.
All of the above also holds for motorbikes.
Police is everywhere in Azerbaijan and the main roads are a giant speed trap, especially the ones coming from Georgia. Be very careful with your speed as there are no road signs indicating how fast you can go. From locals we deducted you can drive 50 (or 60) km/h in towns, and 90 (or 100) km/h on intercity roads. If you get pulled over, expect to pay a stiff fine in the hundreds of dollars.
Car parts, motorcycle parts and mechanics
We cannot recommend anyone yet. If you know of a reliable mechanic anywhere in Azerbaijan, please let us know in the comments!