Foreign travel advice

Azerbaijan

Entry requirements

Visas

British nationals travelling to Azerbaijan are usually required to get a visa in advance. However, if you’re travelling to Baku in connection with the Formula One Grand Prix you may be able to obtain a visa on arrival. Specific conditions apply, see the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for further details.

You should apply for a visa at least 1 month ahead of your intended travel date. See the Visa Centre website for further information.

The Azerbaijani authorities have given permission for a limited number of Azerbaijan based travel agents to process electronic visas applications. For the current list of authorised agents please visit the Azerbaijan Embassy website. Electronic visas are generally valid for 30 days and are single entry. You will not be able to extend an electronic visa once you have arrived in Azerbaijan.

Make sure you check the duration of your visa immediately to avoid overstaying unintentionally. Your visa should be valid when departing Azerbaijan. In exceptional circumstances you may be able to apply to the State Migration Service for an extension to your visa. Their address is 202 Binagadi Highway, 3123 Block, Binagadi district, Baku city, AZ1114, Azerbaijan Republic; telephone +994 (0)12 562 56 23 or +994 (0)12 562 57 73; e-mail info@migration.gov.az

Alternatively, try the Migration Information Centre: telephone: 919 (in country calls only)

You can extend a visa by up to 60 days.

If you overstay you can obtain an ‘Exit Permit’ letter (an official letter giving permission to leave Azerbaijan within 48 hours) from the State Migration Service before you depart. You will be liable to a fine of between AZN300 to AZN400 (you should get a receipt).

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months when you enter Azerbaijan.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Azerbaijan.

Registration

If you’re staying in Azerbaijan for longer than 10 days you must register with the State Migration Service within 10 days of arrival by either visiting the State Migration Service in person or online. Hotels may provide this service for their guests, but visitors staying in apartments or private residences will have to register by themselves. Each traveller is responsible for ensuring that the registration has been completed.

Those staying longer than 30 can either apply to extend their visa on compassionate grounds or will need to obtain a temporary residence card. For more information refer to the State Migration service.