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New Requirement for Azerbaijan Visas

October 15, 2010

Effective October 15, 2010, visas requirements to Azerbaijan for transit and short stay single entry visas (up to 30 days) are no longer available at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport of Baku for foreign citizens.   The Country Specific Information Report for Azerbaijan has been updated to reflect this change, and can be viewed online at   Travelers can get a visa for travel to Azerbaijan by mail or in person from either theAzerbaijani Embassy in Washington, DC  or from any other Azerbaijani embassy or consulate.   Please be advised that American Citizens may not be allowed to apply for a visa outside of the United States.   We recommend that you get your visas for Azerbaijan before you leave  from the United States. 

With limited exceptions, (diplomatic or official government travelers, or persons with invitations from high-ranking officials of the Government of Azerbaijan) you can no longer get a visa at the airport. Individuals who arrive at the airport without a visa could be detained by Azerbaijani authorities.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should also consult the Department of State's Country-Specific Information  as well as the Worldwide Caution, which can be found on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website  along with further information on safety while traveling abroad.

We recommend U.S. citizens traveling to Azerbaijan register their travel plans with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website.  Travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or at 1-202-501-4444 from elsewhere in the world.

The U.S. Embassy in Baku is located at 83 Azadlig Prospekt. The telephone number is (994 12) 498 0335/6/7 both during and after business hours.   More information is also available on the Embassy’s webpage.

Consular Section

U.S. Embassy, Baku