Coming to Azerbaijan is easier and cheaper than ever before for many nations, thanks to e-visas and lower visa prices. Take advantage!
A tourist visa for Azerbaijan is single-entry and valid for 30 days in-country within a 90-day window. Cost is 23$. You do not have to enter exactly on the first day the visa starts, and don’t have to leave exactly on the last day the visa ends.
All visitors need a visa except for citizens of Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, who can stay up to 90 days visa-free. Additionally holders of diplomatic or service passports of 54 nations do not require a visa to visit Azerbaijan.
Applying at the embassy or with e-visa?
Since 2017, you can apply for an e-visa to Azerbaijan by yourself (read more below). Before, you needed a travel agent to do it for you at extra cost. For those people eligible for the e-visa, this is now the easiest and cheapest way to get a visa to Azerbaijan.
For those not eligible or in need of a different visa, they will still need to go to the embassy.
If you are coming to Azerbaijan, it is likely that you need to be registered. Read all about it: Registration in Azerbaijan.
Since 2017, Azerbaijan operates an e-visa system. The e-visa is single-entry and valid for 30 days in-country within a 90-day window. Cost is 23$.
Nationals of 81 countries are eligible for the e-visa. You can apply at the E-Visa Portal. It’s a straightforward process: after payment you receive an e-mail with your e-visa. Turnaround time: a few hours to a maximum of 3 days.
A hotel address suffices for an address, you do not need to stay there. There have been rejections – no reason is given (although a list of possible errors exists), and you do not get your money back. Updates on rejections are gathered here.
The e-visa is single entry. You have to apply for an e-visa at least 3 working days prior to your arrival to Azerbaijan and your passport needs to be valid at least 3 months beyond the end of the e-visa.
Is it possible to get a second e-visa while you are already in Azerbaijan if you want to hop in and out? We do not know.
Be aware: The correct address is evisa.gov.az – a similar .com URL is used by a commercial tour operator, and this is not what you need.
We are collecting your questions and experiences with the e-visa system on the forum.
If you somehow cannot or do not want to apply to the e-visa system yourself, you can use Ivisa. Not necessary for the vast majority of people, but useful for some.
With Schengen ID card
Already one EU national from the Schengen zone has succeeded in entering Azerbaijan with an e-visa and his national ID card.
Different embassies have different rules for visa applications. 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$. We can no longer offer the Azeri LOI for those who need it. If you find a company that helps travelers who need one, please let us know.
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)
Azerbaijan transit visa
In June 2018, 2 travellers were denied a transit visa at the embassy in Tbilisi, saying they no longer give out transit visas. We are looking for confirmation.
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. You cannot get an e-visa, you need to go to the embassy.
Azerbaijan visa on arrival
Passport holders of Bahrain, China, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea and UAE can obtain 30-day tourist visas in Azerbaijan international airports (Baku, Ganja, Nakhichevan) upon arrival. Israeli passport holders even get 60 days. US citizens travelling by the New York-Baku direct flight on Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) are also eligible for this VOA at Baku airport.
Citizens of Iran can obtain a 15 days visa on arrival only for the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. Citizens of Turkey can obtain a 30 days visa on arrival only at Heydar Aliyev International Airport. 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.
All other citizens have to have their visas ready before traveling to Azerbaijan. Visa on arrival on land borders (except for Iranians at Nakchivan) or at the sea port of Baku is also not an option.
Visa for children
E-visas are mandatory for children of any age.
Anyone who has visited Nagorno-Karabakh is theoretically banned from visiting Azerbaijan. The way to get around this is getting your Karabakh visa outside of your passport, and lying at the Azeri border. It was never an issue.
However, in 2017 we have gotten a first report of someone who did exactly that but was still visited by the Azeri security services. After being grilled for several hours (her photographs were checked), she was released, and importantly, not deported.
All similar or different experiences are welcome in this forum topic. We suggest you save the pictures of your Karabakh trip in the cloud and delete them from your camera.