Armenia Travel Information
On March 16, the Armenian authorities introduced
thirty days of state of emergency in the country as a
result of the outbreak of the coronavirus. This was
extended on 13 April to 14 May. Commercial air traffic
in and out of the country has in fact stopped
completely. On March 17, the government decided to ban
entry into Armenia for citizens from a total of 16
countries, including Norway. On March 13, a curfew was
introduced that applies throughout Armenia. This still
applies, but there may be local differences. For
up-to-date information on the curfew, quarantine
regulations and current restrictions where one is
located, it is recommended to contact the Armenian
authorities locally. For more information about the
corona virus, see the section Health.
Most trips to Armenia are made without special
The border between Armenia and Azerbaijan is closed.
There are no commercial flights between the two
countries. Travelers traveling between these countries
normally travel via Georgia or another third country.
Also note that there are occasional meetings between
Armenian and Azerbaijani military forces. This applies
along the entire Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
Note: According to international law,
Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent areas are part of
Azerbaijan. Travel advice for these areas is therefore
listed under Azerbaijan. The Travel Council can be found
- Countryaah: Yerevan is the capital
of Armenia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The border between Armenia and Turkey is also closed.
Travel between the two countries must take place via
Norway is represented in Armenia at an honorary
consulate in Yerevan. Contact information can be found
further down the page.
When traveling abroad, there is always a possibility
that you may be exposed to unpleasant surprises,
violence and other crime. Travelers should always be
alert and take general precautions.
The following precautions are recommended for shorter
or longer stays in the country:
- Make sure you have comprehensive travel
- Listen to local advice and follow the local
- Always carry a copy of your passport. Keep
passports and copy of passports in different
- Avoid large crowds such as political mass
demonstrations and demonstrations as well as places
where demonstrations have been announced.
- Use common sense. Travel alone at night is not
- Show caution in traffic, not least when crossing
The risk of terrorist incidents in Armenia is
The population is generally socially conservative,
especially outside Yerevan. Homosexuality was
decriminalized in 2003, but this does not mean that it
is widely accepted. Discrimination against LGBTI people
Armenia is located in an active seismic zone. The
last earthquake occurred in 1988 near Spitak in the Lori
region of northern Armenia. This earthquake killed
25¨C50,000 and many thousands were injured. The
destruction was great.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa to stay in
Armenia. From 2013, Norwegian citizens can travel to
Armenia and stay there for up to 180 days per year
without a visa, as long as they have a valid passport.
Please note that the passport must be valid six months
after leaving Armenia. For detailed information, see the
home page of the Armenian Foreign Ministry.
Import regulations to Armenia from Norway - This
should be checked individually by item type. Customs
Board of the Republic of Armenia, 3 Khorenatsu St.
Yerevan, Tel.: + 374-1-53 74 22
Import regulations to Norway from Armenia: This
should be checked individually by the relevant product
type, for example carpets, wood, stone and artwork etc.
All carpets and paintings must be registered before
export. To avoid fines at the airport during export,
always make sure that the seller obtains the necessary
export license. Imports of goods to Norway from Armenia
are subject to normal import regulations (not UL or Mul
countries). Thorough checking of this before buying in
Armenia is recommended.
Coronavirus (covid-19): On March 16,
Armenia introduced 30 days of state of emergency in the
country as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus.
As a result, travelers must expect higher readiness and
control on arrival in Armenia, including temperature
On March 17, the government decided to ban entry into
Armenia for citizens from a total of 16 countries,
including Norway. All citizens residing in the country,
including Armenians, who return from overseas travel
will automatically be placed in the 14 day home
On March 24, a curfew was introduced that applies
throughout Armenia. This will last until 31 March.
A number of checkpoints have also been established
around inland Armenia, which may place restrictions on
domestic travel. A large number of flights in and out of
the country have been canceled, and on the most common
transit route to and from Norway via Moscow, all direct
flights are suspended on both routes.
Any travelers in Armenia are encouraged to keep up to
date with information provided by local authorities, and
at the same time follow the advice and instructions
Hospitals are of a low standard compared to European
conditions. It is not recommended to drink water
directly from the tap. Bottled water is readily
available and the food is consistently good quality.
No vaccination is required to travel to Armenia. For
minor illnesses, hotels can most often recommend a
doctor. In case of serious illness you should contact
insurance company and consider transport abroad. It is
therefore very important to be insured before departure.
There has been a better hospital in Yerevan, Nairi
Hospital, with English-speaking doctors who may be
contacted in consultation with an insurance company.
For official health professional travel advice, refer
to the website of the Institute of Public Health .
Armenian is the official language of the country.
Russian knowledge is widespread, and in Yerevan most of
the younger generation speak English. Armenia belongs to
the time zone UTC + 4, and it is not switched between
summer and winter time
The telephone system has been greatly improved in
recent years. GSM is available in Armenia and now covers
almost the entire country. Mobile internet coverage can
vary, especially in rural areas. It is recommended to
check the prices for using mobile telephony and roaming.
Telephone services in the hotels are very expensive.
Wi-fi is available in most cafes, restaurants and
The national currency is dram. See today's course
Armenia uses 220V with standard European plugs.
The banks are open 9am to 3pm on weekdays. Public
offices are open from 10am to 6pm on weekdays. Shops are
open from 10am to 8pm, grocery stores are usually a
little longer. Many food markets are open every day
throughout the year.
The climate in summer is almost tropical, often above
40 ¡ã C. Winter is cold. The average temperature in
winter is -5 ¡ã C, and + 25 ¡ã C in summer.
National Holidays: 1-2. January (New Year), January 6
(Armenian Orthodox New Year), March 8 (Women's Day),
April 7 (Mother's Day), April 24 ("Armenian Genocide
Memorial Day"), May 1 (Workers' Day), 9 May (Victory
Day), May 28 ("First Republic Day"), July 5
(Constitution Day), September 21 (Independence
Day/National Day), December 7 ("1988 Earthquake
Several Western car rental companies have established
themselves in Armenia. Please note that the road network
outside central areas may be of poor standard and that
the signage may be defective (and only in Armenian). The
driving culture can be experienced as unfamiliar.
Driver's cars can be rented through most hotels in
Yerevan. Taxis are easily accessible in Yerevan and in
most other cities. Bargaining is fairly common,
especially for longer trips. Taxi apps (GG Taxi, Yandex
Taxi, etc.) are available in English, and their cars are
equipped with a taximeter. Public transport can be
experienced as crowded/uncomfortable and does not always
keep the timetable.
The National Church is an important institution in
Armenia. Conservative attitudes are widespread. High
alcohol consumption may be perceived by many as
inappropriate. Armenians are generally very hospitable
and often invite guests to dinner, sightseeing, etc.
There are many ATMs in Yerevan that accept Visa,
American Express and MasterCard. The ATMs only pay out
Armenian dram (AMD). It is possible to exchange USD in
exchange kiosks in the city but these can be difficult
to find. Some restaurants and shops in Yerevan accept
payment by credit card. Although prices are often quoted
in USD, it is illegal to pay with USD.
There are severe penalties for the use and possession
of drugs. The conditions in the prisons are very
different from in Norway.
The Armenian border limit is set to 0.0.
Embassy of Norway in Moscow (also covers
Address: Ulitsa Povarskaja 7, 115127 Moscow
Nearest Subway Stop: Arbatskaja (light blue line)
Phone: +7 499 951 1000
Fax: +7 499 951 1001
Office Hours: 09.00-17.00 (16.00 Friday). Daylight
saving time: 09.00-16.00
Visa and passport regulations for Armenians upon
entry to Norway: Armenian citizens must have a visa for
entry into Norway. Schengen visas are applied for and
issued at the French embassy in Yerevan.
Embassy of the Republic of France
Address: 8 Grigor Lusavorich Street, Yerevan 0015,
Phone: +374 60 651950
Website: http: //www.ambafrance-am. org /
Office hours: 09.30-13.00 and 15.00-18.00.
Armenian Embassy in Norway: Armenia has no embassy in
Norway, but covers relations with Norway from its
embassy in Copenhagen.
Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Denmark:
Address: Ryvangs Alle 50, 2900 Hellerup, Denmark
Phone: +45 3582 2900
Fax: +45 3583 2900