Last January 2017, Azerbaijan joined the digital visa system. It is called the ASAN system. South Africa and 92 other nationalities can now apply for iVisa through the web. At this time, there are negotiations with Lithuania and the United Arab Emirates. Gradually, more and more nationalities will be able to acquire an Azerbaijan e-visa.
To check your eligibility for an Azerbaijan evisa, you may simply use the Visa Checker. This is provided by iVisa for your convenience. You can enter South Africa as your nationality and Azerbaijan as your destination, and the information will appear right away. You will be redirected to a page where you can apply, if you are eligible. That is how simple it is.
Before starting to apply, we recommend that you put together all the documents you are required to provide. This is a short list, and chances are, you already have everything you need.
Valid passport – you need a passport when you travel to other countries. If you already have one, make sure that it is valid and remains so for at least another three months from the departure date to Azerbaijan.
Digital scan of your passport – have a scanned copy of your passport first before filling in the form. It is required that you upload it before you can submit your application. While the information page is the most important, scan the entire passport.
Valid e-mail address – while the evisa will be linked to your passport electronically,you will be asked to show a printed copy of your evisa at the immigration office. To be sure, print several copies and place them in different bags. That way, you can be sure you are not going to lose your visa.
Once the documents are prepared, you may now fill in the application form. It is easy to understand, but in case you need assistance, customer service is available 24/7. The form is divided into three easy steps. First step will require you to fill in your personal information like name, address, email, passport info, and so on. At this point, you will also be needed to select processing time. Bear in mind that your choice will determine the service fee. iVisa gives three excellent options:
Standard processing time –the cheapest and the most commonly used option. This is for only $45. It takes four business days to process. It is recommended that you apply 6 days before departure because while delays almost never happen, it is best to be on the safe side. The ‘2 days in advance’ rule applies to all processing times.
Rush processing time – the next option will enable you to get your Visa within 2 business days. The processing fee is $75.
The next step involves revision and payment. Travelling South Africa needs to insert your information accurately and carefully to avoid confusion or loss of your document. The last step will ask you to upload additional information and answer a few personal questions. As for the former action, not everyone needs to upload the same file. For example, if you travel with your minor child and without the other parent, you will need an authorization letter from the said parent. Then, you hit submit and wait for the visa to arrive in your email inbox.
The document you receive will allow South Africa to stay in Azerbaijan for maximum 30 days. However, if you stay longer than 10 days, you need to register with the State Migration Service. Hotels will gladly provide such service for you, and so do business hosts.