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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organising Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
The types of visas for the Republic of Azerbaijan
Visa HQ
For Further Information
Check IATA Travel Website for visa requirements and health advices.

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Organising Your Trip

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Baku (BAK) 26 km / 16 miles AZN 20-30-USD 30 / 30-40 min AZN 1 / 40 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Train reservation services
Website giving information on the transport in the Republic of Azerbaijan


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Major airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Azerbaijan Airlines National Yes
Turkish Airlines National Yes
Iran Air National Yes

You Can Consult The EU Air Safety List. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Different Forms of Tourism

The places of interest in the capital city of Baku are the Taghiyeu Historic museum, the Tower of Maiden, the old city centre "Ichari Shahar", the Nizami museum on the Fountain Place and the Palace of the Government.


For more information, visit the website of the Tourism office of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The litterature museum of Nizami is interesting to visit.

For more information, visit the website of the national academy of sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The seafront of Khudat-Yalama offers a magnificent scenery and the possibility of relaxation.
The Synyk-Kala Minaret (11th century);
The Armenian Church in Baku;
The city of Nakhchivan has numerous spas and hotels with natural hot water springs.


The seafront of Khudat-Yalama offers a magnificent landscape and the possibility of relaxing.
Winter Sports
With 19 ski slopes, the Shahdag Mountain propose several winter activities: Skiing, Snowmobile Tours, Zip Lining, Mountain Segway, Horse Trekking...
Outdoor Activities
It is possible to practise all types of water sports and hiking.


Shopping is very limited in the country. However, it is possible to find many luxury shops in Baku.

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
There is no particular demand in terms of vaccinations for international travel. The risk of malaria is exclusively under the benign form of P. vivax exists from June to the end of October in the southern zones as well as in the Khatchmas region to the north of the country. Sporadic cases have been noticed in the suburbs of Baku. Preventive medicine recommended in the zones at risk : CHL.
As the water is not potable in Azerbaijan, the consumption of water from sealed bottles is necessary, including for the washing up for babies, for brushing of teeth and the cleaning of fruits and vegetables. In addition, there are pollution problems.
There have been numerous cases of bird flu during the past few years.
International Hospitals
There are no international hospitals. It is advised to be repatriated if needed.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Health advice for travelers on the US Department of State
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Travel Warnings of the US Department of State

Emergency Numbers

Fire Brigade 101
Police 102
Emergency 103

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Baku (GMT+4 in winter, GMT+5 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time from March to October

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Hotel reservation websites
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
The Azerbaijani food has been influenced by the recipes of Turkey and Central Asia.
Among the specialties of the country, we can list:
Plov: meat-based dish, with rice and pine kernels.
Kebabs: spicy lamb-based grills.
Piti: mutton-based soup with chickpeas cooked in a terracotta jar.
Dogva: spinach-based soup, with rice and beef cuts with a yogurt sauce on top.
The very famous Azerbaijani caviar, from the Caspian Sea.
The black tea, very renowned in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijanis drink more tea than coffee. Vodka is also a national drink.
Dietary Restrictions
Pork and alcohol consumption is prohibited for Muslims in Azerbaijan.

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Domestic Currency
Azerbaijanian New Manat
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The local currency is the Manat or AZM.
Possible Means of Payment
MasterCard, Visa and Diners Club cards are accepted in banks, international hotels, restaurants and in some shops (supermarkets and shops selling luxury products). Travelers cheques in USD are accepted in banks at the export rate. It is possible to change currency in the numerous foreign exchange centres, often situated inside shops. Import of foreign currency is controlled at the frontiers of the country (a form has to be filled and preserved, because it is asked for while exiting).

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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
Business Language
Russian and English

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Useful Resources

To Find a Job
Recruitment agencies in the Republic of Azerbaijan

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Latest Update: April 2024