a new online visa system (ASAN Visa) was introduced in January 2017. You can make an application on the official e-visa 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
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 1 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 entry
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
Getting to/from the airport
it takes 25 to 30 minutes to get from the airport to 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 and make sure any taxi you take has a yellow taxi sign or clear taxi branding on it
app-based taxi services Uber and Taxify both operate in Baku
when using a taxi make sure it has working seatbelts; many cars are poorly maintained and the standard of driving is erratic
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 Baku International Airport website
Getting to the Stadium: Baku National Stadium
Baku National Stadium is located just outside the city centre. For a journey from the centre of Baku expect to pay 10 to 12 AZN in a purple coloured London taxi (ensure the meter is used) and slightly more for private taxi. Taxis are an easy and convenient route to the stadium, although the traffic can be very busy on match days.
Baku National Stadium is served by several bus stops including: N1 and N13. The nearest bus stop is known as Milli Stadion.
Chelsea supporters will be seated in sectors 307, 308 and 309 – see stadium plan below.
Access to the stadium can be slow. Expect to be searched at least twice. To avoid last minute delays get to the stadium early. You should aim to arrive at least 2 hours before the kick-off.
In addition to items which would usually be prohibited in the UK, please note the following items that will also not be allowed to be taken into the stadium: flares, fireworks, alcohol, cans, glass, plastic bottles or containers, coins, lighters. If you do bring any of these items they will be confiscated by the Azerbaijani authorities.
You can’t bring alcohol into the stadium, and you may be denied entry if you appear to be under the influence of alcohol.
There are designated rows for wheelchair users in the away sections, which can be reached via lifts from the ground floor. 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.
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
carry a photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport and keep it in a safe place separate from your passport
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
accidents are common, mainly due to poor or reckless driving and inconsistent enforcement of traffic rules
if you’re in a vehicle that’s travelling at an unsafe speed you should instruct the driver to slow down
most of the population of Azerbaijan is Muslim. Azerbaijan is a largely secular society and religion is usually considered a private matter
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
all goods and services are paid in local currency (Manats - AZN); sterling, US dollars and Euros are easily exchanged; major hotels and international supermarkets and restaurants accept credit and debit cards
ATMs in Baku will almost always accept UK credit and debit cards; before leaving the UK, let your bank know you’re travelling to Azerbaijan
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.
Lost or stolen passports
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).
Lost or stolen credit/debit cards
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.