Summary

A protest against an increase in electricity prices was dispersed by the police using force, including water cannon, in central Yerevan on the morning of Tuesday 23 June. Further large but peaceful demonstrations are continuing to take place in the evenings and overnight in central Yerevan and there have been small protests in some other locations around Armenia. Protestors, and police, remain in place at the beginning of Baghramyan Avenue. Baghramyan Avenue remains blocked to traffic, with some side streets with limited access.

You should avoid the area around Opera Square, Baghramyan Avenue, and other open spaces in Yerevan and other cities where large crowds may form. Keep a high level of security awareness, exercise caution, monitor the media (#ElectricYerevan on twitter) and avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

The border between Armenia and Azerbaijan is closed. There are frequent violations of the 1994 ceasefire between these countries from military emplacements along the border. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to parts of the regions of Tavush and Gegharkunik that border Azerbaijan.

Due to increased tension in the security situation along the border in the Tavush region in July and August 2014, we continue to advise against all travel on the M16/H26 road between the towns of Ijevan and Noyemberyan, which in places passes close to the border and military emplacements. Villages and connecting roads between the main M16/H26 artery and the border to its east should also be avoided.

In the region of Geghargunik, the FCO advise against all travel to villages to the east of the main M14 artery which are located close the border. See Local travel

The British Embassy can’t provide consular assistance or advice to visitors to the Nagorno-Karabakh region. See Political situation

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings.

In May 2012 a gay-friendly bar in downtown Yerevan was attacked and a diversity march in central Yerevan was disrupted by nationalist groups. See Local Laws and Customs

From 10 January 2013, British and EU passport holders no longer require a tourist visa to visit Armenia. See Visas

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.