Foreign travel advice

Armenia

Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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 to the east of the main M14 artery which are located close the border in the region of Geghargunik

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to parts of the regions of Tavush and Gegharkunik that border Azerbaijan.

The main alternative route to the M16/H26 between Armenia and Georgia (Yerevan-Vanadzor-Alaverdi-Bagratashen) will be closed for maintenance work for 2 to 3 years from September 2016. If you’re travelling by road between Yerevan and Tbilisi you should use the M3 route from Yerevan through Tashir on the Georgian border. See Local travel

Large scale ceasefire violations along the Nagorno-Karabakh Line of Contact since 1 April 2016 have been reported, resulting in a number of deaths and casualties. See Azerbaijan

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. See Local travel

Take extra care in villages and connecting roads between the main M16/H26 artery and the border to its east. 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

Protests sometimes take place in central Yerevan and other major cities. These are usually organised by opposition political parties or activist groups highlighting topical social issues. Although protests tend to be peaceful and usually pass off without incident, you should take care, monitor the media and avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

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.