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2018 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Baku

Travel advice for spectators travelling to Baku, Azerbaijan for the Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix on 29 April 2018.

2018 Formula 1 Grand Prix, Baku

Dates: 27 – 29 April 2018

Venue: Baku city circuit

Race starts at 4:10pm local time (plus 3 hours BST) – Sunday 29 April

Entry to the circuit will be with a valid F1 events ticket and photographic ID

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Azerbaijan

Passports and visas

British nationals travelling to Azerbaijan need to get a visa in advance. Some specific exemptions may apply; see the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for further details.

  • a new online visa system (ASAN Visa) was introduced in January 2017. You can make an application on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Electronic visas are valid for 30 days and are single entry. You won’t be able to extend an electronic visa once you’ve arrived in Azerbaijan. The website also has an “urgent” option which provides a quicker service for an extra fee
  • you can still apply for a visa through the Azerbaijan Embassy-affiliated Visa Service Centre in the UK. You should apply for a visa at least one month ahead of your intended travel date. See the Visa Centre website for more information
  • your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry into Azerbaijan
  • take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance - your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) won’t be valid in Azerbaijan, so travel and medical insurance is essential even if you’re only staying for one night
  • if you’re visiting Azerbaijan for longer than 10 days you must register within 10 working days of arrival. Hotels may provide this service for their guests but visitors staying in apartments or private residences will have to register by themselves. Guidance on the process can be found on the State Migration Service’s website and in our travel advice for Azerbaijan

Getting to/from the airport

By taxi

  • it takes 25 to 30 minutes to get from the airport to the city centre; taxis are the most convenient way to get to central Baku. At the airport you’ll be able to hail a purple-coloured London taxi - always insist the driver uses the meter. For a journey to one of the major hotels in central Baku, expect to pay between 20-30 AZN (Azerbaijani New Manat)

  • private taxis also operate from the airport; it’s best to negotiate a price before leaving. For a journey to one of the major hotels in central Baku expect to pay 25-30 AZN. Make sure any taxi you take has a yellow taxi sign or clear taxi branding on it

By bus

Baku Bus runs a 24/7 service from the airport to the centrally located 28 May Metro station. Details on departure times and route can be found on the Aero Express website

The track (Baku City Circuit)

Baku racing track

Local information

Climate

The average temperature in April is around 15-20ºC during the day. You can find local weather information here.

Crime and safety

  • crime levels in Baku are generally low, but muggings do occur from time to time after dark in the centre of town around the western bars and clubs and near dimly lit entrances of private apartments
  • take sensible precautions: be vigilant, avoid carrying large sums of money and try to avoid walking alone at night
  • look after your personal belongings, in particular your passport and your money
  • pedestrians should be vigilant at all times when crossing roads; red traffic lights and zebra crossings don’t necessarily mean a car will stop use the underpasses where available
  • when using a taxi make sure it has working seatbelts; many cars are poorly maintained and the standard of driving is erratic
  • respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs

Disabled travellers

  • we’ve been advised that Baku city circuit will have facilities / access for disabled travellers
  • the rest of Baku has limited facilities for the disabled traveller - the pavements, even on the main roads can be difficult to negotiate for those with disabilities

Consular assistance

  • if there’s a genuine emergency during your visit to Baku (e.g. one involving accident, injury or loss/theft of your passport) call +994 12 4377878 and follow the instructions to be put through to a consular officer
  • if your passport is lost or stolen, report the loss to the local police as soon as possible and get a copy of the police report. You can’t travel back to the UK without a valid travel document. You’ll need to apply to the Consular Section of the British Embassy Baku for an Emergency Travel Document (ETD)
  • if you lose your wallet or purse, try to cancel your credit/debit cards as soon as possible. British consular officials can’t give you money to help you return home. You can transfer money from the UK using many of the commercial money transfer agencies in Baku, including Western Union. You can also use most major credit and debit cards to obtain money from ATMs

For more information visit the British Embassy Baku web page

Contact the British Embassy, Baku

Khagani Street 45 A
Baku
Azerbaijan

Tel: +99412 4377878 (24 hrs)

Email: Baku.Consular@fco.gov.uk

The consular section of the British Embassy in Baku is open to the public from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

You can also check our travel advice for Azerbaijan

Emergency services numbers

  • Fire - 101
  • Police - 102
  • Ambulance - 103

We hope you enjoy the F1 race and your visit to Baku

Published 5 April 2018