Azerbaijan visa regime
If you are travelling to Azerbaijan you need to have your visa ready BEFORE your travel. Only citizens of Russia and CIS countries (except Turkmenistan) do not need a visa to enter Azerbaijan. There is no visa upon arrival in Baku airport (citizens of Turkey and Israel are the only exclusion, as well as holders of some diplomatic & service passports).
There are several types of entry visas available:
- Tourist visa
- Business/Student visa
- Visitor visa
- Transit visa
The most common type is tourist visa available on single entry basis only. There are now 2 types of tourist visa: one obtained by traditional way through one of Azeri embassies with the visa sticker in your passport; and the electronic visa (evisa) that you obtain by email as PDF attachement that you need to print and have ready when crossing the border. The first type of visa is valid for three months and authorizes to enter and stay in Azerbaijan for up to 30 days. Visa should be obtained in advance in one of the Azeri diplomatic missions abroad before traveling to Azerbaijan. Electronic visa has 30 days validity with a limited number of days (up to 21 days) allowed to stay in Azerbaijan within this 30 days validity period. Generally evisa is the most easy and convenient way to secure entry visa to Azerbaijan.
Tourist visa has to be arranged through Azeri licensed travel agency. Most of Azeri embassies where you would plan to get your visa would ask you for official letter of invitation (LOI) from the licensed Azeri travel agency. This invitation along with the application form, two passport size (3x4 cm) photos and an original of your passport/travel document (must be valid for at least 6 months after the expiry date of the Azerbaijani visa applied for) are sufficient to obtain visa in Consulate Sections of Azeri embassies abroad. For situations with different embassies and visa support procedure process check the page here. Electronic visas can only be arranged through a limited number of Azeri travel agents. Check the relevant section on our site for more details on how to obtain evisa.
For business & student visas the procedure is slightly different. Letter of invitation from a receiving party (potential employer, business partner or university) should be authorized by Consular Department of the MFA that will fax approval letter directly to the embassy where you plan to obtain your visa. Applicant should get a copy of approval letter (don't confuse it with LOI) from receiving party that they get from Consular Department of the MFA. Approval letter should bear a reference number that you will need to quote in your visa application. Consular Department of the MFA processes LOIs within 3-4 working days.
For visitor visas an invitation is needed from the citizen of Azerbaijan. Invitation has either to be authorized by Consular Department of the MFA (see above business visas) or the applicant can submit a copy of LOI directly to the embassy (without authorization in MFA). The support letter (Devetname) must contain full name of the invited person, his/her date of birth, passport number, duration of stay in Azerbaijan. That LOI needs also to indicate the address and contact details of inviting party. A copy of Azerbaijan citizen's identity document (Shexsiyyet vesiqesi) has to be enclosed as well. However, embassies might still insist on having Letter of Invitation authorized by Consular Department of the MFA, so our advice is to check with the embassy first.
A single or multiple transit visa is granted to travelers going to other countries but passing through the territory of Azerbaijan. If the transit visa has no notes or stamps about non-stop passage, the bearer has the right to stay in the Republic of Azerbaijan for not longer than five days. Proof of onward travel might be required(plain/train tickets). Onward visa as proof of onward travel might also be used. 5 day transit visas are $20/40 for single/double entry, are valid for one month from the date of issue. You only need an application form, passport photo and photocopy of your passport.
Foreign nationals intending to stay in Azerbaijan for a period exceeding 10 days have to register with the Migration Service within nine days upon arrival.