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U.S. Embassy, Baku, Azerbaijan

Message for U.S. Citizens:

Town Hall with Ambassador Robert F. Cekuta 

We invite U.S. citizens living in Azerbaijan to attend a Town Hall Meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Baku on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Ambassador Robert F. Cekuta will offer an overview of the role of the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan, current U.S.-Azerbaijan bilateral relations, and will answer questions from the floor.  We will also provide information about overseas voter registration, general overseas safety practices, and health and security issues.  If you have any specific questions or issues that you would like addressed, please email them to ConsularBaku@state.gov.

If you would like to attend the event, please RSVP with your full name, passport number, and your place of residence in Azerbaijan to: ConsularBaku@state.gov.  Due to space limitations, attendance is strictly limited to the first 90 persons who RSVP.  The deadline for responses is 5 p.m., Monday, September 26, 2016, or when the 90-person limit is reached, whichever is soonest.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate those who arrive without RSVPs.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. sharp.  Visitors should plan to arrive no later than 5:15 p.m. for security screening.  Please bring your U.S. passport for entry into the Embassy.  Security Note:  Large bags or back packs, cell phones, computers, cameras, or electronic items will not be allowed inside the Embassy.

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Worldwide Caution, LAST UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

Security Posture for U.S. Citizens in Azerbaijan

July 18, 2016

U.S. Embassy Baku informs U.S. citizens that they should maintain a high level of vigilance in light of recent regional events and continued reports of possible threats of terrorist attacks and violence around the world, some of which include the possible targeting of U.S. citizens and interests, including in Azerbaijan.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens review the Worldwide Caution and Europe Travel Alert.  Review your personal security plans and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information about security in Azerbaijan:

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Gathering near the U.S. Embassy- June 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a gathering is expected to take place on Azadliq Avenue near the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan, today, Monday, June 13 at approximately 3:00 PM. An increased police and security presence is expected.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities. U.S. Mission personnel have been advised to continue to practice personal security awareness and we advise the U.S. citizen community to do the same.

For further information about security in Azerbaijan:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Azerbaijan Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Baku, located at 111 Azadlig Avenue, at (+994) 12 488 3300. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+994) 12 488 3300.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
 
May 3, 2016
In light of upcoming high visibility public events in Azerbaijan, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the Europe Travel Alert issued by the U.S. Department of State on March 22, 2016:  
Europe Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.
Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.
U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.  Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.  Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.
U.S. citizens should also:
 
•         Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
•         Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
•         Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
•         Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
•         Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots.  We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.
 
For further information:
 
See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Azerbaijan Country Specific Information. 
 
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
 
•         Contact the U.S. Embassy in Baku, located at 111 Azadlig Avenue, at (+994) 12 488 3300.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+994) 12 488 3300.
 
Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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Formula 1 Updates - June 7, 2016

With the start of the Formula 1 Race in Baku right around the corner, the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan is helping U.S. citizens prepare for a safe and successful stay in Baku and throughout Azerbaijan.  We invite you to explore and share the following resources containing essential travel information for visitors and residents:

For the latest information about Azerbaijan, including details about health and safety precautions and more, see https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/azerbaijan.html.

 

U.S. passport holders who have purchased a ticket for the Formula 1 event can get a visa on arrival in Azerbaijan but specific conditions apply.   For more details visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs websiteFor additional information about visas to Azerbaijan please visit http://www.azembassy.us/ or http://www.azconsulatela.org/The U.S. Embassy cannot assist with visas or immigration processes.

 

For up-to-date road closures and other Formula 1 event information, please visit https://www.bakucitycircuit.com/.

 

SMS Notifications: If you would like to receive important messages from U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan on your phone during your stay, send your local phone number to ConsularBaku@state.gov with “SMS Notification” words and dates of your stay in Azerbaijan in a subject line.  Please note that the SMS notifications are available for the holders of local phone numbers only.

 

To receive the most up-to-date security information from the U.S. Embassy, we encourage all travelers to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

 

For the latest U.S. Embassy Baku updates please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

These resources are designed to keep U.S. citizens informed and safe during the Formula1 event.  We encourage you to use and share them with friends and family visiting or residing in Azerbaijan.

 

Europe Travel Alert - May 31, 2016

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide Americans travelling abroad with information about relevant events, we are alerting U.S. citizens to the risk of potential terrorist attacks throughout Europe, targeting major events, tourist sites, restaurants, commercial centers and transportation. The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists planning attacks in public locations, especially at large events. This Travel Alert expires August 31, 2016.

France will host the European Soccer Championship from June 10 – July 10. Euro Cup stadiums, fan zones, and unaffiliated entertainment venues broadcasting the tournaments in France and across Europe represent potential targets for terrorists, as do other large-scale sporting events and public gathering places throughout Europe. France has extended its state of emergency through July 26 to cover the period of the soccer championship, as well as the Tour de France cycling race which will be held from July 2- 24.  

The Catholic Church’s World Youth Day event is expected to draw up to 2.5 million visitors to Krakow, Poland, between July 26 and July 31. U.S. citizens should be aware that local infrastructure may be strained due to the large number of visitors. Poland will impose border controls at all of its national borders from July 4 to August 2, and visitors to Poland during this period should be prepared to show their passport and undergo stricter security screening throughout Poland.  More information to help prepare for travel to World Youth Day can be found at U.S. Embassy Poland/World Youth Day and travel.state.gov/WorldYouthDay

U.S. citizens should also: 

  • Exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.
  • Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local event information sources and factor updated information into your travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions. 
  • Stay in touch with your family, have a plan if you are separated and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.

European authorities continue to take steps to assure public safety and disrupt terrorist plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats. 

For further information:

 

May 3, 2016

In light of upcoming high visibility public events in Azerbaijan, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the Europe Travel Alert issued by the U.S. Department of State on March 22, 2016:  

Europe Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.

Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation. This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation.  Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places.  Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

U.S. citizens should also:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots.  We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats. 

For further information: 

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Azerbaijan Country Specific Information
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Baku, located at 111 Azadlig Avenue, at (+994) 12 488 3300.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+994) 12 488 3300.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
 

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Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.  STEP allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency.  Americans residing abroad can also get routine information from the U.S. Embassy in Baku.

American citizens who register with the Embassy will become part of our Warden System.  Your name will be given to a volunteer American-citizen “Warden” in your area.  In the event of an emergency, your Warden would contact you to pass on information from the Embassy.  The Embassy also periodically e-mails Warden Messages containing information that may be of interest to Americans in Azerbaijan.

Register your trip online through the Department of State’s STEP Program.

What We Cannot Do...


    • help Americans extend or obtain valid Azerbaijani visas;

    • provide American Citizens Services to U.S. Resident Aliens (aka LPRSs or “Green Card” holders);

    • become involved in private legal disputes;

    • provide legal advice or representation;

    • get Azerbaijani laws waived because you are an American;

    • authenticate signatures, seals or university transcripts from the U.S.;

    • give money or a financial guarantee, or cash a check;

    • act as an intermediary for financial transactions;

    • trace missing persons in the U.S.;

    • serve as a travel agency or recover lost baggage;

    • provide or pay for medical services;

    • serve as an interpreter or translator.