Azerbaijan Travel Information
The official site for applying for Azerbaijan visas
is temporarily suspended. For more information about
coronavirus, see the entry Entry and Health.
Azerbaijan is considered a safe country to live in,
with little crime and a high degree of political
stability. Due to the oil business with a number of
foreign companies involved, the country's authorities
and population are well acquainted with and kindly
directed to foreign visitors. As long as you take
general precautions for travelers, security is good and
better than in most western cities.
It is considered safe to travel around the country on
your own. However, normal caution should be exercised.
Women may experience some unwanted attention at night,
but this is usually completely harmless. The use of
pirate taxis can also lead to other types of undesirable
situations, such as mild attempts at extortion. Many
pirate taxi drivers in Baku know the city poorly and the
driving skills vary widely.
The robbery of foreigners traveling outdoors at night
may occur. Travelers should therefore always be with
others and not use pirate taxis at night. Political
demonstrations sometimes take place, especially in Baku,
and clashes between police and protesters can occur. It
is recommended to avoid areas where political
demonstrations are taking place.
So far, Azerbaijan has been spared major terrorist
acts, and the risk of terrorism is not high. In recent
years, however, some terrorist plans have been uncovered
by the country's authorities. The country has some
smaller, but active, fundamentalist-Islamist
environments. The authorities take the threat seriously
and actively counter terrorism. However, terrorism
affecting places where Western citizens travel cannot be
ruled out. It is recommended that you take common
precautions and be vigilant.
- Countryaah: Baku is the capital
of Azerbaijan. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Azerbaijan drivers have a relaxed relationship with
the rules, so the traffic picture appears more chaotic
and more dangerous than in Norway. There is a different
view of taking - and exposing - others to traffic risk
than we are used to in Norway. Passages in particular
can create dangerous situations.
In Baku, traffic is very tight during rush hour. In
the center of the city there are some pedestrian
streets, and the distances are relatively small, so you
can easily get on foot. In the cities, pedestrians often
have a shortage of pedestrians. However, it is strongly
recommended to look these up and use them. Crossing
streets beyond such can pose a great risk. Pedestrians
should also note that sidewalks may be in poor condition
and that open manhole covers are unmarked.
It often blows in Baku, and flying objects can be a
danger on windy days. Baku is located in an area with
major environmental damage. The landscape of the
Absheron Peninsula is strongly characterized by years of
environmental damage caused by the petrochemical
industry and oil recovery. Today, the extent of the
polluted industry is greatly reduced, which has been
positive for the environment. In addition, the
Azerbaijani authorities have initiated several
environmental projects in collaboration with various
international organizations and the oil industry.
The increasing private motoring in Baku, together
with the relatively high age of part of the car park,
also brings with it some pollution. There is a lot of
wind in Baku and the air quality is therefore to live
with. It can be quite a waste in many places due to
inadequate renovation, but in the center it is well
maintained and neat with fountains and flower beds.
There is a wide and attractive boulevard facing the
Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea are located in a very
active seismic zone. The last major earthquake (7.0 on
Richter's scale) hit Baku in 2000. In recent years
several major earthquakes have occurred in the north
(Balakan, Zaqatala). In addition, large earthquakes are
often noticed in the western parts of South Azerbaijan
About. 14 percent of Azerbaijan's territory is
occupied by Armenia. It includes almost all of
Nagorno-Karabakh and seven other regions. It is
considered very risky to be in the disputed zone, where
violations of the ceasefire may occur. There is mining
danger along the border with Armenia and
Nagorno-Karabakh. Exchanges are constantly taking place
on both sides, especially in the Tovuz and Gazakh
region. Norwegians in Azerbaijan are urged to exercise
caution in these districts and to follow local
government instructions regarding personal safety.
Traveling to the border area can involve risks. The
Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued official travel
advice which advises against travel to Nagorno-Karabakh
and the neighboring occupied areas.
The following general precautions are recommended for
short or long stays in the country:
- Use common sense
- Follow UD's current travel advice at all times
- Register at no
- Please contact the Ankara Embassyif a crisis
- Anyone visiting Azerbaijan should have
comprehensive travel insurance
- Listen to local advice and follow the local
- Always carry identification
- Avoid large crowds such as political mass
demonstrations and demonstrations as well as places
where political demonstrations have been announced
- Show caution in traffic, where many accidents
- Travelers are strongly encouraged to have valid
Please note that entry rules 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 need a visa for
entry and residence in Azerbaijan. A visa cannot be
obtained at a border crossing and must be arranged
before entering the country.
Visa for easy entry: The Azerbaijani
authorities have introduced a new electronic visa portal
where they can apply for visas with a duration of up to
30 days. Unfortunately, there are several websites that
offer visas at too high a price, and these will often be
the first hits if you try to find the page through a
search engine. It is therefore important to search
through the official site evisa.gov.az. Due to covid-19,
this page has been temporarily suspended. The price for
a single visa was $ 23, but this may change.
Multi-entry visa: To issue a
multi-entry visa, the Azerbaijan Embassy in
Stockholm must be contacted well in advance of the
planned entry date. Comet Consular Services in Oslo
helps with the visa process.
Passport must be valid for up to three months after
scheduled departure date. Upon entry/transit to
Azerbaijan, the following valid documents are also
- Emergency passports
- Refugee travel document (green travel document)
- Travel document for people staying on
humanitarian grounds (blue travel document)
It is subject to change of entry rules at short
notice. It is therefore recommended that the relevant
country's authorities be contacted when planning a trip.
Contact the Azerbaijani Embassy in Stockholm for more
Upon arrival in Azerbaijan, you must register with
the migration authorities within fifteen days. If you do
not register, you risk being fined on departure. More
information and registration form can be found here.
The border between Armenia and Azerbaijan is
completely closed. The border between Russia and
Azerbaijan was previously closed to foreigners but is
open to anyone with a valid visa. On the other hand, we
note the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' official travel
advice for the North Caucasus.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the spread of the
coronavirus. Follow local media and local authorities'
advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with
the situation in the country. See the Ministry of Health
website (in local language). You can also follow them on
You can call 103 if you think you have symptoms of
the coronavirus and are located in Azerbaijan.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Admission to local hospitals is not recommended, but
there are medical centers used by the international
environment: SOS and MediClub. These are relatively
expensive. The National Insurance Scheme does not cover
health services for tourist stays, and it is therefore
strongly recommended to purchase comprehensive travel
insurance when traveling to Azerbaijan.
Baku has a large number of pharmacies that carry
medicines, medicines, cosmetics, etc. Occasionally, the
goods do not meet quality standards, and it is
recommended to use western chains such as Deutsche
Apotekhe. If travelers need specific medicines, it may
be wise to bring these from Norway.
For entry into Azerbaijan, vaccination should be
given to diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough,
poliomyelitis and hepatitis A. For more information on
vaccinations, see the website of the Institute of Public
Norwegian citizens need a visa for entry and
residence in Azerbaijan. A visa cannot be obtained at a
border crossing and must be arranged before entering the
country. On January 10, 2017, the Azerbaijani
authorities introduced a new electronic visa application
portal (does not work as of April 2020 due to covid-19)
where one can apply for a visa with a duration of up to
30 days. A stay in Azerbaijan exceeding fifteen days
requires registration with the migration authorities.
Failure to do so will result in a fine of AZN 400
(approximately NOK 2400) per person upon departure. More
information , as well as the registration form
can be found here.
International country code for Azerbaijan is +994.
GSM coverage is generally good, also in other countries.
The time difference to Azerbaijan (GMT + 4 hours) is
three hours in winter and two hours in summer. The
voltage is 220 volts, but it is very unstable. For
fine-sensitive electronic equipment such as stereo, PC
etc. stabilizer and UPS are recommended. Emergency
number: Fire 101, Police 102, Ambulance 103,
International Telephone Office 107.
The currency unit in Azerbaijan is Manat (AZN). As of
April 2020, the rate is 1 AZN = USD 0.59 and NOK 6.07).
Visa, MasterCard and American Express can be used in
banks and hotels, and in particular Visa can be used in
some businesses in Baku. There are many ATMs in Baku
where you can take out manatees. It is also possible to
withdraw dollars, but sometimes the ATMs are empty for
USD. In the regions there are fewer ATMs and you should
bring cash. There are many exchange places where you can
exchange USD and other currencies, but one should be
aware that some of these can give a very unfavorable
Azerbaijan, which belongs to the Turkish language
group and has about the same resemblance to Turkish as
Norwegian has to Swedish, is official language.
Azerbaijani is written in Latin, a slightly modified
version of the alphabet used in Turkish. Russian is
widely used in Baku, but is less prevalent in the
regions. There are also a number of minority languages
in Azerbaijan. English, and to some extent German and
French, is most commonly used where foreigners usually
travel. There are some language schools in Baku that
offer instruction in Azerbaijani and Russian.
The majority of the population are Shia Muslims, but
they are relatively secularized by the time of Soviet
rule. Only a few women wear hijab, and in Baku the dress
code is western. In the countryside one sees a more
conservative style: women in long skirts and skirts. Men
wear long pants all year round, and shorts are
considered inappropriate. The traditional gender role
patterns in Azerbaijan are stronger than Scandinavians
are used to. It is expected that the man opens the door
for the woman, that he takes the bill at the restaurant,
follows her home, etc. Likewise, the woman is expected
to cook and keep the home in order.
The road network is relatively well developed around
Baku, but in the regions the roads are poorer, and in
the mountain areas and off the main roads it is
recommended to use four-wheel drive. Public transport is
very cheap but is of varying quality. In Baku there are
bus and metro, as well as taxis. You can take trains to
some regions. It is common for foreigners to use taxis,
also for longer trips to the regions as it can be
difficult to get an overview of timetables etc. for
public transport. In Baku there are a large number of
purple London taxis which in principle use a taximeter.
However, it happens that they do not turn on the
taximeter. If you use taxis without a taximeter, it is
recommended to arrange a price in advance. Using apps
like Taxify is popular and is just as safe as well as
cheaper than traditional taxis.
In the summer it can get very hot with high humidity.
The average temperature in July is 24 degrees. Winter
can be chilly with sour wind. There is rarely snow and
the temperature is not often below zero. The average
temperature in January is 3 degrees. Otherwise, Baku has
a dry, sunny climate. The annual rainfall is only about
200 mm with variations from 2-3 mm in July to 30 mm in
Opening hours: Banks 10 am-6pm. Public Offices
09.00-18.00. Stores 10.00-21.00. Shops are usually open
Sundays and holidays.
Holidays are 1st and 2nd New Year's Day (January
1-2), Women's Day (March 8), Martyrs Day (January 20),
Victory Day over Nazism (May 9), Republic Day (May 28),
Day for the salvation of the Azerbaijani people (June
15), Military Day (June 26), Independence Day (October
18), National Flag Day (November 9), Constitution Day
(November 12), National Resurrection Day (November 17),
Azerbaijan's World Solidarity Day (December 31), Ramadan
- Two Moving Holidays, Gurban - Two Moving Holidays,
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