Azerbaijan Travel Guide

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Azerbaijan Travel Guide

On the Caspian sea and once part of the USSR Azerbaijan is the largest country in the Caucuses. The landscape of Azerbaijan is very diverse ranging from the mountain ranges in the north to vast sandy desert-like plains. Azerbaijan is oil-rich and the capital city Baku is one of contrasts with ancient silk route buildings sitting next to modern sky scrapers.
Until recently Visas were very difficult to obtain however this policy was loosened in 2017 and now is a relatively simple process. 
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Five Quick Facts About Travelling In Azerbaijan

  1. Nationals from most countries need a visa to travel in Azerbaijan. See the Visa Tab for more details.
  2. Azerbaijan has an excellent mini bus network that ferries both locals and visitors to each corner of the country. Learn the word Avtovağzalı (Bus Station)
  3. ATM’s are easily found in Baku and most reasonable size towns across Azerbaijan.
  4. When ordering food in Azerbaijan bread and salad will be automatically be brought to the table. These are not free and they will be added to your final bill so if you do not want them you need to tell the waiter to take them away.
  5. Very little English is spoken outside Baku so learn a few essential phrases.


Azerbaijan has warm to hot summers ranging from 20-30 degrees with frequent storms. The winters are cold with the temperature hovering around zero. The mountainous regions of Azerbaijan are known for severe weather conditions and extremely cold weather during the winter months, with very strong winds and snowstorms.


The currency of Azerbaijan is the Azerbaijan Manat.

ATMs are available in Baku and the larger regional towns.


You must have at least 6 months on your passport.

If you are planning to stay longer than 15 days in Azerbaikan you MUST be registered within 3 days of arriving in the country. You can be registered by your hotel, at the migration police, via a mail from your host to the migration police or online. You can no longer register at the post offices.

If you plan to visit Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh (the de facto Republic of Artsakh), its surrounding territories and the Azerbaijani exclaves of Karki, Yuxarı Əskipara, Barxudarlı and Sofulu do so after you have been to Azerbaijan. Due to ongoing conflict in the area if you have evidence of visiting any of these areas in your passport you will not be permitted into Azerbaijan.

In recent years getting a visa for Azerbaijan has been simplified enormously and for most, it is a straight forward process of applying online for an e-visa.

Ensure you apply for your e-visa through the Azerbaijan Government portal. There are a number of other sites with similar URLs who will charge a lot more and deliver the same thing. EVISA

Visa Policy

Citizens of the following 10 countries can visit Azerbaijan without a visa for up to 90 days.








Turkey (30 days)



Citizens of the following countries can obtain a visa for Azerbaijan on arrival valid for 30 days obtainable at any international airport.











 Saudi Arabia


South Korea

 United Arab Emirates

Limited visa on arrival

Citizens of United States can obtain a 30 days visa on arrival only if arriving on a direct flight of Azerbaijan Airlines from New York City.

Electronic visa

Azerbaijan introduced electronic visas for citizens of designated countries in January 2017. The system is called ASAN Visa and the visas are issued for a single-entry visit up to 30 days. The e-visa should be printed and presented together with the passport (that should be valid at least 3 months more than the validity period of the electronic visa) at the border checkpoint.

European Union 

All European Union citizens










 Bosnia and   Herzegovina








Costa Rica
























 New Zealand

 North Macedonia








 San Marino

 Saudi Arabia




 South Africa

 Sri Lanka

South Korea




 Trinidad and Tobago


 United Arab Emirates

 United States

 Vatican City


From 15 May 2018 citizens of Bahrain, China, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, United Arab Emirates can obtain an electronic visa on arrival in Baku International Airport.

Banned Countries

Due to a state of war with Armenia, the government of Azerbaijan has banned the entry of citizens from Armenia, as well as citizens of any other country who are of Armenian descent (including Armenian Russians)  to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The government of Azerbaijan strictly bans any visit of foreign citizens to the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh (the de facto Republic of Artsakh), its surrounding territories and the Azerbaijani exclaves of Karki, Yuxarı Əskipara, Barxudarlı and Sofulu which are de jure part of Azerbaijan but under control of Armenia, without prior consent of the Government of Azerbaijan. 

Foreign citizens who enter these occupied territories, will be permanently banned from entering the Republic of Azerbaijan and will be included in to the “list of persona non grata”.

Visa policy of Azerbaijan for ordinary passport holders.


Republic of Azerbaijan
Visa free
Visa issued upon arrival by air. Also eligible for ASAN electronic visa.
Eligible for ASAN electronic visa. Visa on arrival under special conditions.
Eligible for ASAN electronic visa.
Visa obtained in person required prior to arrival.
Admission refused

Visa policy of Azerbaijan for ordinary passport holders

* This information is a guide only, do your own research




What to pack for Azerbaijan is very dependant on when you will be travelling to the country and where you will be going. Summers are warm to hot but if travelling to the mountains a jacket or coat is advisable.

Winters are cold especially in the mountains so cold-weather gear will be needed.

It’s all about layering which allows you to add or loses clothing as needed

Packing List


1 pair jeans – I know they are heavy and take ages to dry but I wear them constantly and find them comfortable
1 pair black travel type pants – Black pants are little smarter than jeans so good if going somewhere a little dressier. Mine is the lightweight fabric in the style of jean,
2 x pair of shorts. 1 denim and one lightweight travel fabric
2 x singlets – good for layering and sleeping in
4 x short sleeve cotton shirts, lightweight and breathable
1 x long sleeve sloppy joe.
1 x zip-up shell jacket
1 x lightweight raincoat – packable version that packs down into a small bag.
5 x socks
5 x underpants
2 x bras

1 x pair walking or hiking shoes.
1 x pair slip on flats
1 x pair flip flops (great for hostel showers)

Shampoo & Conditioner
Bar of Soap
Brush / Comb
Hair Ties

1 x Earbud headphones.Light and small,
1 x IPad
1 x 6S iPhone
Charging leads for above
2 x USB
1 x power bank
1 x Cable organiser which keeps everything tidy
1 x 14” laptop – we run a business so this is essential for us.

This year I have left behind my DSLR and lenses to travel only with a GoPro and a LUMIX TZ80. At the end of the day it came down to weight when travelling a long way and having to carry a pack – so let’s see how we go….

1 x GoPro Hero 5
2 x Spare GoPro Batteries
1 x LUMIX TZ80
Spare micro SD Cards

Other Stuff
1 x padlock
1 x headlight or torch
1 x Swiss knife
1 x medical kit
Ziplock bags

Azerbaijan borders Georgia, Iran, Russia and Armenia.

All border between Azerbaijan and Armenia are closed due to war and are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. 

It is not a problem travelling into Azerbaijan with an Armenian stamp in your passport, however, we have heard of travellers being given a hard time by border guards before being allowed to pass. It may be advisable to travel to Armenia after Azerbaijan.

If you have a  Nagorno-Karabakh stamp in your passport you will be denied entry to Azerbaijan. 

Azerbaijan – Georgia Border Crossing

Balakan – Lagodekhi.

Connecting Sheki and Telavi this is a beautiful drive through pretty countryside. This crossing is a relatively quiet border crossing.

Money exchange and an ATM are available on the Georgian side of the border.

Azerbaijan to Georgia.

Mini-buses run from Sheki to Balakan daily, then take a taxi the remaining 16km to the border.

Once you have crossed the border and are in Georgia take a taxi to the Lagodeki bus stop where you can pick up a mini-bus to destinations such as Tbilisi and Telavi.

Read More On Crossing the Azerbaijan-Georgia Border Crossing

 Shikhli/Sixli – Tsiteli/Red Bridge 

This is the main and busiest border crossing between Azerbaijan and Georgia, connecting Rustavi (GEO) with Qazax (AZ).

Public transport is easily available on both sides of the border as are exchange places.

If catching the train between Baku and Tbilisi this is the border you will cross at.

Azerbaijan – Russia Border Crossing

Yarag-Kazmalyar – Samur: Between Quba and Derbent

AZ-RU – Catch a taxi from Quba to Samur and the border. Bypass the queue of trucks to Azerbaijan border control.

Once through border control catch a mini-bus 900 metres to the Russian border. Then catch a mini-van or taxi to Derbent.

RU – AZ – Take a taxi from Derbent to Yarag, pass through the two border control and then pick up a taxi to Xudat, Xacmaz or Quba. From there buses or min-buses are available to Baku. 

Shirvanovka- Novo-Filya

The preferred border crossing as it is much friendlier and has been a multilateral border since 2018. It is open non-stop

Get a car to the border, then another car to Derbent. Mini-buses runs from Derbent to the border.


A bilateral border crossing for locals only.

Azerbaijan – Iran Border Crossing

Astara – Astara

Get to Astara on the Azer side and walk across the border to Astara on the Iranian side its that simple. Exchange offices can be found on the Iranian side.

This border crossing ranges from insanely busy to quiet depending on the geopolitical situation at the time.

Azerbaijan – Armenia Border Crossing

All border crossings between these two countries are closed.

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