Along with traditional visas and e-visas, you can also get an Azerbaijan visa on arrival. It is a convenient and fast way to obtain a traveling permit, but there are a few conditions for it. An advantage of this kind of visa is that you can receive it at any international airport in the world. However, not all nationalities can get one, and some of them that do, have a few special conditions.
The Azerbaijan visa on arrival is valid for only 30 days and provides a single entry. If you are eligible, you can just go to the airport, and apply for one there. However, the eligibility aspect is an issue. For now, there are only 14 nationalities that can get one. They are as following: Bahrain, China (including Hong Kong and Macau,) Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
As previously stated, the visa allows citizens from nationalities mentioned above to stay in the country for a period no longer than 30 days. There are three other nationalities that can apply for a Visa on Arrival. However, the requirements and period of stay vary depending on the nationality of the traveler and go as follows:
- Turkey: Turkish citizens may apply for a Visa on Arrival and can stay for a maximum of 60 days.
- Iran: Iranian citizens can obtain a visa on arrival, but it will only be valid for 15 days instead of 30. Also, all Iranian citizens that wish to obtain a Visa on Arrival must enter through the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, which is a landlocked exclave of Azerbaijan.
- The US: US citizens can obtain an Azerbaijan visa on arrival for 30 days. However, your flight must be a direct flight of Azerbaijan Airlines from New York City.
If you are not a citizen of the 14 countries mentioned above, you are required to get a traditional visa by going to a diplomatic mission in your state, or if you are eligible, you can get an electronic visa, also known as e-Visa. An Azerbaijan e-Visa is an official document which provides authorization to travel to and from Azerbaijan and is electronically linked to the traveler’s passport. Citizens from over 80 countries can apply for this type of visa, which was introduced by The Republic of Azerbaijan in 2017. If you want to check if you are eligible for an Azerbaijan e-Visa or want to know how to apply, click here .
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