Azerbaijan – Level 3: Reconsider Travel (March 6, 2020)
Reconsider travel to Azerbaijan due to an outbreak of COVID-19 and responsive measures implemented by the Government of Azerbaijan.
Reconsider travel to Azerbaijan due to the risk of a significant increase of COVID-19 cases emanating from the Iranian border and the Government of Azerbaijan’s response to COVID-19. The Government of Azerbaijan is screening international travelers for symptoms of COVID-19 and has implemented mandatory quarantine for suspected cases in designated quarantine facilities. Travel restrictions imposed in other countries and reduced commercial flight availability may impede people seeking medical evacuation. Medical care in Azerbaijan is not consistent with U.S. standards and basic medical supplies may be unavailable in some areas. Travelers should consider these factors and their health before traveling to Azerbaijan and follow the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus if they decide to travel.
On March 6, 2020 the Department of State allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and their family members.
Azerbaijan has a longstanding risk presented by terrorist groups, who continue plotting possible attacks in Azerbaijan. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.
Level 4 – Do not travel to:
The Nagorno-Karabakh region due to armed conflict.
Casualties continue to occur in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Intermittent gunfire and occasional use of artillery systems, including land mines and mortars, result in deaths and injuries each year. Avoid roads near the ‘line of contact’ and roads near the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh as U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling there. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Azerbaijan:
- Have a plan to depart Azerbaijan which does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
- Read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 and information on health conditions in Azerbaijan.
- Review the Embassy’s latest Alerts and the Embassy’s webpage on COVID-19 in Azerbaijan for additional information.
- Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
- Monitor local media for breaking events and adjust your plans based on new information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Azerbaijan.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.