Straddling the crossroads between Asia and Europe, Azerbaijan, also known as the ‘Land of Eternal Fire’ is an exciting melting point of myriad landscapes, cultures, and civilizations. Be it the worlds’ largest number of mud volcanoes, snow-capped peaks, or soaring modern skyscrapers, Azerbaijan has it all.
All visitors travelling to Azerbaijan are required to obtain a visa from one of the Azerbaijan diplomatic missions, unless they are residents of one the countries exempted from requiring a visa. In order to obtain an Azerbaijan visa, the passport must be valid for a period of at least three months after the expiry date of the Azerbaijan visa applied for.
Visitors from Middle Eastern countries like Jordan, Turkey, Kuwait, UAE, Syria, Iran and Qatar can enjoy a visa free travel in Azerbaijan. Other neighbouring countries like Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan can travel visa-free for up to 90 days.
Visa on arrival services are available for citizens of Bahrain, China, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, and United Arab Emirates. The visa on arrival for these countries is valid for a period of up to 30 days, and can be obtained at any international airport.
In order to apply for a visa to Azerbaijan, following are the documents required – a valid passport or other travel documents, a properly filled out Azerbaijan Visa Application form, two coloured passport-sized photos, a letter of invitation, and a visa consultation fee receipt.
According to the Azerbaijan Visa Law, foreign citizens can travel to Azerbaijan with their passports and required travel documents, if they are entering the country from the border crossings of neighbouring countries.
If you need further information on visa requirements for Azerbaijan, you can check the Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry website, or you can contact your nearest Azerbaijan Embassy.
Making travel easier for the UAE residents and fortunately coming just in time of the Eid al-Adha holidays, the Republic of Azerbaijan has now started offering them a tourist visa on arrival for a period of one month. This travel-friendly privilege can now be availed upon arrival at the Azerbaijani airports. The individual should only possess a valid UAE residence permit and make it known to the concerned authority if he/she plans to stay in the country for more than 15 days.
Please note that for these UAE residents
(all nationalities) both UAE residency and passport should be valid
for the next 6 months
(from the date of return from Azerbaijan).