COVID-19 Restrictions & Advisory

The health and safety of our residents and visitors is of utmost priority and the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan is working closely with the World Health Organization to monitor and limit the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

 

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS TO AZERBAIJAN

  • As a preventive measure, Azerbaijan has suspended processing "ASAN Visa". Foreign nationals wishing to visit Azerbaijan are requested to apply for a visa through relevant local Azerbaijani embassies and consulates that will operate in a special mode. For further inquiries, please contact [email protected].
  • Foreigners visiting Azerbaijan for the UEFA EURO 2020 games should submit at least one of the following documents to be able to obtain a visa from May 1 till July 5, 2021, at the checkpoints on Azerbaijan`s state border:
    • official invitation letter from the Organizing Committee or from the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA)
    • accreditation card or another document from the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
    • a ticket or a document confirming the receipt of a ticket to the game for the citizens of the playing team countries
    • citizens of Turkey can enter Azerbaijan and attend the games either with a ticket and a negative PCR test, or based on the regulations for Turkish citizens listed below
    • citizens of Russia can enter Azerbaijan and attend the games based on the regulations for Russian citizens listed below only
  • For the attention of football fans visiting the UEFA EURO 2020 games:
    • PCR tests are not required to enter the Baku Olympic Stadium and attend the games
    • You are required to present a negative PCR test at the airport taken at most 48 hours before your departure. PCR test centers will be available at the Fan Meeting Points in the Port Baku Park and Baku Eye area, as well as at the Baku Olympic Stadium. Moreover, you can get a PCR test at one of the clinics and laboratories listed here - https://www.azal.az/en/information/covid-clinics
  • From June 10, citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey are able to travel to Azerbaijan by air under the following conditions:
    • submission of an official document issued by the relevant country (COVID passport) on complete vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 for passengers over 18 years of age and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before the flight
    • submission of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before the flight for passengers aged from 1 to 18 years
  • Restrictions on travelling to and out of Azerbaijan by air or land are in force until the 1st of August , except for cargo and charter flights.
  • For more information on available flight options, please visit the official website of Heydar Aliyev International Airport - https://www.airport.az/
  • Border officials are taking necessary steps to disinfect land border crossings.

Travellers are advised to carry additional supplies of necessary medication in carry-on luggage.

 

GENERAL ADVISORY FOR VISITORS

This advisory serves as a guide to help visitors during your visit to Azerbaijan.

  • Monitor your health closely for two weeks.
  • If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose), wear a mask.
  • Seek medical attention promptly if symptoms do not subside. Call the clinic in advance and inform the doctor of your travel history.

 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

From Azerbaijan

103, 113, 1542

 

Travellers should always adopt the following precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

 

CANCELLATION OF MASS EVENTS

In order to contain transmission of the virus, mass events and celebrations have been cancelled. We suggest you refrain from attending mass events, crowded venues and public gathering areas unless necessary.

Azerbaijan Tourism Board and the State Tourism Agency are committed to providing a safe environment for all residents and visitors. We thank you for your support and understanding.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Is it safe to visit Azerbaijan in light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19?

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which began in December 2019, presents a significant challenge for the entire world. All travellers are recommended to follow the guidelines instructed by the World Health Organisation in preparation for your trip, and to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19.

2. How many cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Azerbaijan?

335171 people tested positive for coronavirus in Azerbaijan, with 4953 fatalities. 328580 people have fully recovered and been discharged. The Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan has been established to monitor the situation and limit the impact of the virus. The health and safety of our residents and visitors is of utmost priority and precautionary measures are being taken to minimise risks.

3. Will I be at risk of contracting coronavirus if I visit Azerbaijan?

The Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan is working closely with the World Health Organization to monitor the situation and limit the transmission of the virus. Rest assured, the health and safety of our residents and visitors is of utmost priority and precautionary measures are being taken to minimise risks.

4. Is Azerbaijan restricting travel from any destinations in particular?

From June 10, citizens of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey are able to travel to Azerbaijan by air under the following conditions:

  • submission of an official document issued by the relevant country (COVID passport) on complete vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 for passengers over 18 years of age and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before the flight
  • submission of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before the flight for passengers aged from 1 to 18 years

Restrictions on travelling to and out of Azerbaijan by air or land are in force until the 1st of August, except for cargo and charter flights.

Issuance of e-visas has been temporarily suspended for all foreign citizens. Those who wish to visit can apply for a visa via their local embassy. To obtain permission to enter Azerbaijan, foreigners have to submit a medical certificate after being tested for COVID-19.

5. What precautions should I take when travelling to Azerbaijan?

All travellers are recommended to follow the guidelines instructed by the World Health Organisation in preparation for your trip, and to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19. As such, all travellers should monitor their health closely at this time and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell. If they have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose), they should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit. Other precautions to adopt:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing and dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

The use of personal equipment protecting respiratory passages is obligatory in transport facilities used for inter-city (inter-regional) and intra-city (intra-regional) passenger transportations, public catering, trade, work and service facilities.

6. Is it safe to visit Azerbaijan’s sights (e.g. malls, landmarks)?

All travellers arriving in Azerbaijan should monitor the local news for closures and restrictions of tourist sights.

7. If I suspect that I have come into contact with the virus, what steps should I take? Will I get access to Azerbaijan medical facilities?

You should seek medical assistance by calling 103 (within Baku), 113 (outside Baku) or 1542.

8. When will UEFA Euro 2020 be held?

UEFA Euro 2020 games in Baku will take place in 2021 on June 12 (Wales - Switzerland), June 16 (Turkey - Wales), June 20 (Switzerland - Turkey) and July 3 (quarter-final).

9. Are Azerbaijan’s tourist spots functional? 

  • All mass events throughout the country have been suspended.
  • Cinemas, theatres, entertainment centres in the country have stopped functioning.
  • The organisation of mass celebrations and meetings in restaurants and cafes has been prohibited.

A special quarantine regime is imposed in the country until 06:00, 1 August. Functioning of malls and shopping centers, shops, museums and exhibition halls is permitted. Inter-city and inter-regional travel is allowed. On-site services in catering facilities are allowed from 06:00 till 00:00.

10. Has the outbreak of coronavirus caused serious damage to Azerbaijan’s tourism industry?

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak presents a significant challenge for the entire world. At present, the health and safety of our residents and visitors is of utmost priority and precautionary measures are being taken to minimise risks.