INFODESK

Infodesk

Geographic location and population : Azerbaijan is located in the South Caucasus, on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. The republic borders with Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Turkey and Russia, on the sea - with Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Azerbaijan's total area is 86 600 square meters. km and a population - more than 9 million people.

Climate : The country is situated at the junction of moderate and subtropical zones, so the climate is varied. The average temperature in January varies from 3 to 10 degrees and reaches in July-August to +26-35 degrees. The number of sunny hours reaches 2900 per year. Little precipitation.

Clothing : From May to September, the population of coastal regions wear light summer clothes the winter - padded coats and jackets.

Language : Official language is Azerbaijani language, in addition, the vast majority of the population speaks Russian, many understand and speak Turkish, Persian, Georgian, and other languages. In the hotels, bars and offices English is used widely.

Photography : You can make the usual tourist photo and video (exception - some objects), but when taking a photo of strangers as a rule you should ask permission.

Alcoholic drinks : All restaurants and bars serve alcohol. In addition, anyone can buy them without restrictions in many stores.

Working hours : Weekends are usually Saturday and Sunday (mainly for public offices), but most of the shops and supermarkets are open daily. The beginning of the working day - 8-9 hours, trading facilities are closed at 21-23 o’clock, restaurants and bars - much later.

Commercial transactions : It is accepted to bargain at markets and fairs, it is a commonplace phenomenon. The sellers, in most cases, make concessions.

Communications : Telephone communication is no problem. Hotels have international direct reference code and the accompanying devices: faxes, telexes, computers, the Internet and other online services are provided by numerous private agencies. Tokens to use public telephones are sold at the undergrounds and newsstands.

Electricity : The voltage in the grid 220/240 V 50 Hz.

Water : Avoid drinking raw tap water. In hotels and restaurants mainly use spring water in plastic bottles, or boiled.

National holidays : New Year - January 1-2 International Women's Day - March 8 Novruz Bayrami - March 20-24 Victory Day - May 9 Republic Day - May 28 National Salvation Day - June 15th National Army Day - June 26 Constitution Day - November 12 National Revival Day - November 17 Day of Solidarity of Azerbaijanis of the World - December 31

Religious holidays : Ramazan Bayrami Gurban Bayrami

Issues concerning Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh : Nagorno-Karabakh - an integral part of Azerbaijan, which is occupied by Armenian troops. Of course, the Azerbaijanis are sensitive to visiting by the tourists Nagorno-Karabakh through Armenia. If the traveler has visited Nagorno-Karabakh, and his passport has an endorsement then he/she will be denied a visa and entry to Azerbaijan because he/she violated the law and illegally entered the territory of our country. This issue should be approached seriously and patiently. So you show respect for the feelings of Azerbaijanis. In addition, Azerbaijan can not ensure the safety of tourists in the occupied territories.

Tipping : Tipping at many restaurants is 5-10% of the bill, if there is no mention of this in the menu, you can add to the amount of the bill 10%. Porter at the airport or at the hotel, you can leave AZN 5-10 manats, depending on the amount of luggage. The taxi charge is not mandatory, but it would be expedient to give “tipping” to the drivers' of London cabs “, equipped with counters. It is recommended to negotiate the fare, if there is no taxi counter (taxi drivers usually do not take currency).

Internet : Internet is also developing rapidly. Providers SuperOnline, AdaNet, AzEuroTel, Bakinternet and others provide the whole network of internet cafes. At present, there are more than 30 ISPs. Access prices range from 0.4 to 0.8 euros per hour, depending on location, and have a tendency to decrease. Internet cafe is in a lot of common, not only in Baku, but in all more or less major cities and towns of Azerbaijan. These facilities are especially popular among young people playing computer games, so there can be noisy and smoky.

Currency : The national currency - manat (AZN). 1 $ USA = 1,70 AZN (At the exchange rate of the National Bank of Azerbaijan for 06.07.2017). Exchange of any currency is made in the banks and many exchange offices. Banks are usually open from 10 am to 17-18 pm.

Health : Emergency medical care is usually provided free of charge. Ask for an ambulance can be twenty-four-hour at (012) 103. There are also private clinics and paid medical services, which doctors speak foreign languages. In chemists’ shop, many of which are open around the clock, there is a large selection of medical supplies.

Banking : Usually when paying for goods or services it is used national currency - Azerbaijani manat. Accordingly, when entering the country you should keep in your pocket for cash payment national currency, and in non-cash payments, the currency will be converted. It is recommended to change the currency only in the expected costs and only in exchange offices of banks or in the banks, but not in the street. The exchange rate in the banks and exchange offices which are located throughout the capital and other major cities as well as at airports, differs slightly. Some hotels and shops have their own exchange points. In Baku, banks are open from 9.00-9.30 to 17.30 (some banks continue their work until late at night, but many exchange offices - around the clock), at the periphery, opening hours are usually from 9.30 to 17.00-17.30 (some banks only work with clients to lunch). Credit cards are practically accepted for payment in all largest or smallest metropolitan stores, hotels and banks. The use of credit cards in the province is also gaining ground. Many large shops and tourist sites in the regions are equipped with POS-terminals and take “cash free.”

Safety : Azerbaijan - the most stable and secure country in the region. Crime is almost non-existent, cleanliness and order prevail in the streets. Azerbaijanis are very law-abiding and friendly people, with respect for other people's traditions and customs. Probably for this reason, the tourists feel in our country at home and come back here again.

Cellular communications : Cellular communication GSM 900 is developing very rapidly across the country. In Azerbaijan there are three mobile operators - Azercell, Bakcell and Azerfon (Nar Mobile). Roaming is available to subscribers of 300 operators around the world. Mobile communication network covers almost the entire country (except for the occupied territories). To exit from a fixed unit to the cellular network the code (0) 50 (0) 51 {Azercell, GSM-code 40001, the seven-digit number} (0) 55 (Bakcell, GSM-code 40002, the seven-digit number), (0) 70 and (0) 77 (Azerfon, seven-digit number) is dialed. 3G services are provided not only at all the stations of the Baku metropolitan, but in the tunnels. To use 3G network Azerfon, which is the first of three operating in Azerbaijan mobile operators has been licensed for this service, launched in December 2009. But progress does not stand still and mobile operator Azercell since May 2012 has launched its high-speed 4G network based on technology LTE.