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 2 e-visas at the same time if you want to hop in and out of Azerbaijan? 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.
With tour operator
Before the advent of the e-visa portal, you could only apply for an e-visa through a tour operator. This is no longer necessary.
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.
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 May 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.
A good place to get your visa right now (2016) is Tbilisi. Batumi got annoying.
Aqtau, Kazakhstan consulate
Address (map) (GPS: 43.66814,51.13304): The embassy has moved. 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. Updates collected here.
June 2016: Friendly embassy guy offers us to pick up the visa next day. After one day no call. After second day call in the afternoon and we can pick up the visa. 20$ for transit visa. Easy going.
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. $160 + visa support for 30 days, single entry, date specific.
February 2015: LOI needed, 2 week turnaround.
Address: Consulate moved some time ago, Google has the previous location, which is wrong. It is on the corner of Demetre Tavdadebuli St and Parnavaz Mepe St, on the same street as the Iranian consulate.
Opening hours are erratic and not advertised. Mon-Fri seems sure, even if they say it is closed. Has started operating some days at 9.45, other days only at 11.30. Consul seems to be there until late-ish afternoon. You will need 2 application forms (picked up at the Consul), 2 photos, 2 copies of passport. All updates now centralized here.
August 2016: 6 working days. Annoying experience.
August 2015: 15 minute turnaround, 40 euro.
June 2015: 1 week turnaround, 90 lari paid in cash at a bank 500m away.
May 1, 2015: Batumi: no stickers for the visa, we were directed to go to Tbilisi. This also happened for a German and a Canadian that tried the same time we did.
April 2015: Swiss passport, 3 days of processing (applied on Tuesday, got it on Friday), no LOI, 60€ for 30 days, very friendly. First he said it would take 4 days of processing, but after chatting for a while and explaining him that I am cycling, he agreed to do it in 3 days.
February 2015: Visas without LOI issued for 35 euros (processing time?) or for 135 euros in 1 hour.
November 2014: Visas without LOI issued once again, but processing time 2 weeks. Express Service is available (how long?) for 100$
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: 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 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.
June 2016: 3-5 day turnaround for a transit visa, 20$. Helpful.
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.
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). The bank for the payment is on the other side of the river around 20 minutes walk (one way) or around 8 Lari by taxi (both ways and waiting time). Updates collected here.
June 2018: 4 day turnaround, 35 euro.
October 2016: Keep your passport, need passport copy and 2 pictures + hotel reservation. 4 day turnaround.
August 2016: applied on August 5th and got the visa issued August 15th. 7 working days processing time as promised. Friendly and straightforward. No LOI, just a booking.com confirmation for 21 nights. Issued 30 days nevertheless.
June 2016: As before, but processing seems to be quicker. 1 week now?
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.
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].
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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