Advice for fans travelling to visit Azerbaijan for the Qarabag FK v Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Europa League match being held on Thursday 26 November 2015.
Date: Thursday 26 November 2015
Venue: Tofig Bahramov National Stadium
Kick off time: 10pm local time
As well as this advice, check out our our travel advice for Azerbaijan.
British passport holders need a visa to enter Azerbaijan. You should apply as soon as possible. Your passport will need to be valid for at least 3 months after entry
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance Your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) isn’t valid in Azerbaijan, so travel 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 with the nearest police station 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 State Migration Service’s website
For more guidance please see our travel advice for Azerbaijan
Getting to/from the airport
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 (Hilton, Marriot, Hyatt) in central Baku expect to pay between 15-25azn (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 25-30azn. Make sure any taxi you take has a yellow taxi sign or clear taxi branding on it.
You can hire a minicab by calling 189
Baku Bus runs a limited 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
Tofig Bahramov Stadium is located between the city centre and airport and is a well known location. For a journey from central Baku expect to pay 5-8azn in a purple coloured London taxi and slightly more for private taxi. Taxis are considered the easiest and most convenient way to get to the stadium.
The closest metro station is Ganjlik which is located 2 minutes north of the stadium. It’s on the Qirmizi (red ) and Yasil (green) metro lines. From central Baku use either the 28 May (red & green) Sahil (red) or Icherisheher (red) metro stations.
Tofig Bahramov Stadium is served by several bus stops including: 6, 17, 25, 38, 69, 128 and 133. The nearest bus stop is known as Ganjlik M/S, and is located to the north of the ground Atatürk Prospect.
Entering the stadium
The main entrance will be open to welcome all fans. In order to enter section 28 of the stadium, you should go through the Gate 12. The gatekeepers will guide you to your seats. More information can be found on the Football Tripper website.
Access to the stadium can be slow. Expect to be searched at least twice. To avoid last minute delays get to the stadium early.
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.
Although fans won’t be allowed to enter with alcohol, the authorities say that beer will be on sale within the stadium complex.
Climate and Time
The average temperature in September is around 15-20ºC during the day but drops rapidly at night. During the autumn months it can be rainy and cloudy.
The main language is Azerbaijani. Russian is also widely spoken.
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. When using a taxi make sure it has working seatbelts. Many cars are poorly maintained, and the standard of driving is erratic. 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.
The international dialling code for Azerbaijan in +994. Before travelling check with your mobile phone provider that it will work in Baku. Local sim cards are easily available with Azercell, Nar Mobile and Bakcell being the leading mobile operators. You can buy credit for Azerbaijani mobile numbers from many shops or top up online.
All goods and services are paid in local currency (Manats). Sterling, US dollars and Euros are easily exchanged. Major hotels and international supermarkets and restaurants accept credit 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 (eg one involving accident, injury or loss/theft of your passport) call +99412377878 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). Please see our ETD web page for more information.
Lost or stolen wallets/purses
If you lose your wallet or purse try to cancel your credit 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 cash machines.
For more information visit the British Embassy, Baku web page.
Our address is:
Khagani Street 45 A
Tel: +99412 4377878
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 game and your visit to Baku.