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, entry to Azerbaijan is temporarily suspended for all citizens of China and Iran. Visa issuance for the citizens of these countries has also been suspended.
  • 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].
  • To obtain permission to enter Azerbaijan, foreigners must submit a medical certificate after being tested for COVID-19. This requirement also applies to Azerbaijani citizens who have visited countries affected by an outbreak of coronavirus in the last 14 days.
  • Borders are closed with Iran until the 1st of August.
  • Borders are closed with Georgia until the 1st of August.
  • Mutual visits of Azerbaijani and Russian citizens have been temporarily suspended effective from 18th of March.
  • Restrictions on travelling to and out of Azerbaijan by air or land are in force until 1st of August, except for cargo and charter flights.
  • Border officials are screening all arriving travellers for symptoms. In case of any suspected exposure, the passenger — regardless of nationality or purpose of travel — will be evaluated and sent to a specially designated quarantine facility for 14 days.
  • Border officials are also taking 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?

21916 people tested positive for coronavirus in Azerbaijan, with 274 fatalities. 13100 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?

Restrictions on travelling to and out of Azerbaijan by air or land are in force until 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. This requirement also applies to Azerbaijani citizens who have visited countries affected by an outbreak of coronavirus in the last 14 days.

All travellers will be subject to health monitoring upon arrival in Azerbaijan and could then be subject to mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus. This could include being transferred to quarantine for 14 days, or 21 days if required. As such, passengers are advised to carry additional supplies of necessary medication in carry-on luggage.

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 the transport facilities used for inter-city (inter-regional) and intra-city (intra-regional) passenger transportations, at public transport stop bays, when standing in queue in front of ticket issuing offices, ATM machines and payment terminals, bazaars, 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. Will Formula 1 and/or UEFA Euro 2020 be cancelled?

As of 17th of March, UEFA announced that Euro 2020 is postponed until 2021. As of 12th of June, it was announced that Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020 is cancelled. We ask that all questions regarding event cancellations be directed to the organising party (UEFA/Formula 1) at this time.

9. Are Azerbaijan’s tourist spots functional? 

  • All mass events throughout the country have been suspended since 14th March.
  • Cinemas, theatres, entertainment centres and gyms in the country have stopped functioning since 14th March.
  • The organisation of mass celebrations and meetings in restaurants and cafes has been prohibited.
  • Restaurants and cafes operate from 8 am till 10 pm.

A special quarantine regime is imposed in Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran, Absheron, Yevlakh, Masalli, Jalilabad, Goranboy, Goygol, Mingachevir, Barda, Khachmaz, Samukh, Siyazan and Sheki. The regime is in force from 00:00, June 21 to 06:00, July 20. During the special regime, functioning of malls, shopping centers, catering facilities, museums and exhibitions halls is suspended. Under the lockdown rule, it is forbidden to leave the place of residence without a specific permission received via e-portal, "E-TABIB" mobile app or by sms.

To receive permission to leave your place of residence you should:

  • Send a text message to the number 8103, indicating the number of your reason for leaving and the number of your ID.
  • The numbers are as follows:
    • 1 – seeking medical assistance
    • 2 – visiting a grocery store, pharmacy, bank or postal service
  • The number of the ID should be indicated as follows:
    • For citizens of Azerbaijan – the number of the national ID (e.g. AZE1111111)
    • For foreign citizens, temporarily or permanently residing in Azerbaijan, and people without citizenship – the number of the temporary or permanent residence permit (e.g. MYI (DYI)1111111)
    • For foreign citizens and people without citizenship who have had their temporary or permanent residence permission prolonged – the number of the decision to prolong the temporary or permanent residence permission (e.g. МОМ1111111)
    • For example, if a citizen of Azerbaijan is leaving his place of residence to visit a grocery store, he should send a short message with the text “2 AZE1111111” to the number 8103
    • After receiving permission indicating its validity period, you can leave your place of residence
    • In case of urgent matters threatening your life and health, there is no need to receive permission to leave your place of residence

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.

COVID-19 Restrictions & Advisory