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" for a period of 45 days effective from 12th of March. 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 20th of April.
  • Borders are closed with Georgia until 20th of April.
  • Borders with Turkey are closed effective from 15th of March.
  • Mutual visits of Azerbaijani and Russian citizens have been temporarily suspended effective from 18th of March.
  • Flights to and from China, Iran, France, Germany, Kazakhstan and Ukraine are cancelled. The following flights have been suspended as well:
    • To/from Tashkent via AZAL and Uzbekistan Airlines, effective from 16th of March
    • To/from Dubai via AZAL, effective from 16th of March
    • To/from Kazan, Mineralnye Vody, Ufa via AZAL, effective from 17th of March
    • To/from New York via AZAL, effective from 24th of March
    • To/from Doha via Qatar Airlines, effective from 17th of March
    • To/from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah via Air Arabia, Etihad, Fly Dubai, effective from 17th of March
    • To/from Novosibirsk via S7 Airlines, effective from 17th of March
    • To/from Yekaterinburg via Ural Airlines, effective from 17th of March
    • To/from Surgut via Utair, effective from 17th of March
    • To/from Krasnoyarsk via IrAero, effective from 18th of March
  • 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 of the Novruz Festival 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?

641 people tested positive for coronavirus in Azerbaijan, with 7 fatalities. 44 people have fully recovered and been discharged. The condition of 11 is assessed as serious, the health of 17 people is moderate while the rest remain in stable condition. 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?

Issuance of e-visas has been temporarily suspended for all foreign citizens for a period of 45 days. 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.

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 23rd of March, it was announced that Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2020 is postponed as well. 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, including cultural and sporting events, have been suspended since 14th March.
  • Cinemas, museums, 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.
  • Malls and large shopping centres have stopped functioning for a month effective from 23rd March.
  • Restaurants and cafes throughout the country have been closed since 29th March.
  • Entrance to all boulevards and parks has been prohibited.

During the period of preventive social isolation measures in Azerbaijan, entrance to the following tourist sites will be closed:

  • Ateshgah Temple State Historical and Architectural Reserve
  • Yanardag State Historical, Cultural and Natural Reserve
  • Yukhary Bash State Historical and Architectural Reserve in Sheki, including the Sheki Khan's Palace, the House of Sheki Khans, the Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Popular Applied Arts and Sheki Art Gallery
  • Kish Temple Historical and Architectural Reserve

10. What are the social isolation rules in Azerbaijan?

A special quarantine regime has been declared in Azerbaijan lasting from 24th March until 20th April.

New restrictions on movement of residents will be in force from 5th until 20th April. According to these rules, it is allowed to leave your place of residence in the following cases:

  1. If you are employed in one of the spheres mentioned in the list provided by the Cabinet of Ministers - based on a certificate of employment
  2. If you are employed in one of the spheres mentioned in the list provided by the Cabinet of Ministers - based on permission gained via the icaze.e-gov.az web portal
  3. If you are allowed to leave your place of residence to seek medical assistance, visit a grocery store, pharmacy, bank or postal service, attend a funeral of a close relative - based on special permission received by SMS

To receive permission to leave your place of residence in the third case, 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
  • 3 – attending a funeral of a close relative

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 permit prolonged – the number of the decision to prolong the temporary or permanent residence permit (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

11. 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