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Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe, Baku: travel advice

Advice for spectators travelling to Baku, Azerbaijan for the European Grand Prix of Europe on the 19 June 2016.

Dates: 17-18-19 June 2016

Venue: Baku city circuit

Race starts at 5pm local time (plus 3 hours BST) – Sunday 19 June

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

Passports and visas

  • British passport holders who have purchased a ticket for the F1 event can get a visa on arrival in Azerbaijan but specific conditions apply. You can find more details on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website – visas on arrival must be paid for in US dollars cash and will cost $118
  • if you don’t meet the criteria for a visa on arrival then you’ll need to apply for a visa to enter Azerbaijan at the nearest Azerbaijani Embassy. You should apply as soon as possible; 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
  • for more guidance please see our travel advice for Azerbaijan

Getting to/from the airport

By taxi

  • 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 20-35 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

By bus

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

The track (Baku City Circuit)

Baku racing circuit

Local information

Climate and time

The average temperature in June is around 25-30ºC during the day. You can find the latest weather information here

Language

The main language is Azerbaijani. Russian is also widely spoken.

Crime

  • 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

Personal security

  • 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

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

Road safety

  • 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

Religion

  • 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

Telephones

  • 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

Currency

  • 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

Consular Assistance

If there’s a genuine emergency during your visit to Baku (eg 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). Please see our ETD web page for more information.

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.

For more information visit the British Embassy, Baku web page.

Contact the British Embassy, Baku

Our address is:

Khagani Street 45 A

Baku

Azerbaijan

Tel: +99412 4377878 (24 hrs)

Email: Baku.Consular

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

Emergency services numbers

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