Foreign travel advice


Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays or leisure purposes. Check the rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do not travel unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. In England, from 8 March you must complete a declaration form for international travel (except for travel to Ireland).

Check our advice for all the countries you will visit or transit through. Some countries have closed borders, and any country may further restrict travel or bring in new rules with little warning.

To enter or return to the UK from abroad (except from Ireland), you must follow all the rules for entering the UK. These include providing your journey and contact details, and evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before you travel. When you arrive, you must quarantine and take additional COVID-19 tests. This will take place in a managed quarantine hotel if you enter England from a red list travel ban country, or enter Scotland.


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The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all travel to:

  • Nagorno-Karabakh
  • The rayons of Zengilan, Jabrayil, Qubadli, Lachin and Kelbajar. Western areas of Khojavand, Fuzuli and Aghdam rayons.
  • within 5km of the border with Armenia.

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Azerbaijan based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks

A ceasefire agreement has been signed between Armenia and Azerbaijan to end the military action in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Some territory under Azerbaijani control post-conflict is currently closed to the general public and may contain high numbers of unexploded ordnances (UXOs) and landmines. As part of the agreement a Russian peacekeeping operation has been deployed to the area and will monitor Armenian populated areas of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin Corridor.

Several other civilian areas were affected by the conflict and could also contain UXOs. These areas include, but are not limited to, the towns and rayons of Barda, Tartar, Ganja, Beylagan and Aghjabadi. The Azerbaijani authorities are working to remove UXOs, however if you come across an UXO do not approach it, or touch it. Make a note of where it was spotted, and notify the authorities on 102 or 112. Be aware that there may be more UXOs nearby.

Travel to Azerbaijan is subject to entry restrictions

  • Entry to Azerbaijan requires a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued within 48 hours of your flight. You will need a paper copy or print out to show on arrival. A further test may be required on arrival to Azerbaijan
  • On arrival you must self-isolate for 14 days days or you can take another test 6 days after your arrival and if the result is negative you no longer need to self-isolate.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

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If you’re travelling to Azerbaijan during coronavirus, see the Coronavirus page for more information.

During the COVID-19 pandemic it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check your cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Around 30,000 British nationals visit Azerbaijan every year, mainly on business. Most visits are trouble free. See Safety and Security

Consular support is not available in areas of Nagorno-Karabakh region not under Azerbaijani control. Tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh remain. There have previously been military actions in Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding areas, most recently from September to November 2020, and on the inter-state border between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Civilian areas have been hit resulting in deaths and casualties. Anyone who has previously visited areas of Nagorno-Karabakh without the permission of the Azerbaijani authorities will be refused entry to Azerbaijan. See Local travel

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Azerbaijan. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.