March 22, 2023
Azerbaijan Visa on Arrival
Azerbaijan visa on arrival is currently available only for nationals of a few countries. Apart from the electronic visa alternative, the VoA option is one of the most convenient ways to obtain a visa for Azerbaijan.
Travelers eligible for Azerbaijan VoA can obtain a visa after arriving at one of the airports in Azerbaijan. The number of countries whose nationals can obtain the Visa on Arrival this way is limited to several countries. Additionally, there are three countries whose citizens can get a visa after arriving in Azerbaijan in certain circumstances.
Who needs a visa to enter Azerbaijan?
Most nationalities in the world need to obtain a visa before traveling to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
What is more, certain countries can enjoy visa-free entry and stay in Azerbaijan, others can apply for an electronic visa, while others need to visit the Azerbaijani embassy and apply for a visa in person.
Can I get the Azerbaijan visa on arrival?
There are only fifteen countries whose nationals can travel to Azerbaijan without a visa and obtain one on arrival. The complete list of these countries includes:
- United Arab Emirates
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
Please note: Foreign residents of the GCC (Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman) are eligible for the VoA as long as their residency will remain valid for the min. of the next 6 months.
Moreover, residents of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar must be accompanied by a national of the corresponding country in order to get a visa on arrival. Preferably, they should possess a notarized residence permit’s English translation to ensure quick and hassle-free border crossing control.
What visa should I apply for if I’m not eligible for VoA?
Should your nationality is not listed among those eligible for the Visa on Arrival service, you should take a closer look at the Azerbaijan visa requirements and check in what way you can get your visa for Azerbaijan.
Apart from the VoA, there are the following visa options:
The e-Visa for Azerbaijan, also called the ASAN visa, is offered to nationals of around 100 different countries.
Eligible travelers can choose this most convenient option for obtaining a visa for Azerbaijan by simply completing the online application form, covering the processing fee, and receiving the approved document via email.
The approved Azerbaijan e-Visa allows its holder only one entry to the country for a stay not exceeding 30 days, while the visa remains effective for 90 days.
The ASAN visa is a tourist visa that covers the purposes of leisure, business, sporting events, medical treatment, as well as humanitarian activities.
Embassy or consular visa
Citizens who can neither apply for an Azerbaijan visa online nor on arrival should know that they need to contact the nearest Azerbaijani embassy. There are 140 such countries whose citizens can obtain a short-stay visa for Azerbaijan directly at the country’s diplomatic mission.
The traditional visa application requires completing the online application form and providing some supporting documents. They also must cover the processing fee to finalize the process.
Moreover, every traveler, no matter the nationality, must apply for an embassy visa if planning to move to Azerbaijan or have working plans there.
Issuing a residence permit or employment visa for Azerbaijan is possible only in case of overseas diplomatic missions.
Additionally, under the facilitation agreement, all the EU countries (with the exception of the Republic of Ireland and Denmark) can enjoy the need to provide fewer documents for visa application.
Visa-free entry to Azerbaijan
Also, there are around 10 countries whose nationals enjoy visa exemption when they wish to visit Azerbaijan for short-term purposes. It applies mostly to all either Azerbaijan’s geographical neighbors or ex-Soviet states.
The visa-free stay for these countries may maximally last 90 days. For longer stays in Azerbaijan, it will be necessary to obtain a regular visa or relevant permit.
The following countries are not required to hold a visa to enter Azerbaijan:
- Vatican City
Every traveler entering Azerbaijan and staying there for more than 15 days must register their stay with the State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The registration is free of charge, and usually, it is made by the provider of the traveler’s accommodation.
Nevertheless, it is advisable to ask for registration in advance. Please note that you are subject to post-arrival registration even as a holder of an e-Visa for Azerbaijan.