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COVID-19 Information for Azerbaijan
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October 2, 2022

***  The CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect. For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

Community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in Azerbaijan, and COVID-19 infections are present in all regions the country.  The special quarantine regime will remain in effect until November 1, 2022, according to an August 23 decision by Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers. Effective May 1, 2022, face masks are no longer required.  Most public transportation, including the Baku Metro, reopened on May 31 for weekday operations, and resumed weekend operation beginning October 1, 2021. As of June 10, 2021, beaches, sport and health centers, places of religious worship, malls, and shopping centers are reopened, subject to COVID-related restrictions.  On September 2, 2021, the Cabinet of Ministers announced that foreigners may use their COVID-19 passport (or a document confirming full vaccination against COVID-19 or immunity to COVID-19) issued abroad to enter restaurants, hotels, large shopping centers, and other facilities that require a COVID-19 passport. On March 5, 2022, the Cabinet of Ministers announced the elimination, beginning March 6, 2022, of limits on hours and numbers of attendees at restaurants, cultural facilities such as movie theaters, children’s entertainment facilities, religious places of worship, and areas at the airport for seeing off and picking up passengers. Proof of vaccination is still required for those 18 and over at indoor facilities such as malls and restaurants.

Entry and Exit Requirements

    • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
      • On June 16, 2021, the government announced that, beginning June 21, 2021, U.S. citizens could fly to Azerbaijan on the special flights currently operating.  See also the Azerbaijan Airlines website for a complete list of countries whose citizens may currently enter Azerbaijan. Land border crossings remain closed at this time; entry is only possible by air.
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry? No. 
      • The Cabinet of Ministers announced that, beginning April 15, 2022, the need for a negative PCR test for entry to Azerbaijan is eliminated.
      • U.S. citizen travelers over age 18 must have a COVID-19 passport (or a document confirming full vaccination against COVID-19 or immunity to COVID-19).
      • On July 24, 2021, the Cabinet of Ministers announced that if non-Azerbaijani citizens have close relatives who are Azerbaijani citizens, they are exempt from the COVID-19 passport requirement.  Acceptable documentary proof of a qualifying relationship is required (ex. marriage certificate, birth certificate).  “Close relatives” include parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, and children.
      • Permanent residents and foreigners with work permits are also exempt from the COVID-19 passport requirement.
      • Please remember that transit countries have their own entry/exit regulations, and may independently require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or immunity in order to transit en route to Azerbaijan.
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.
    • Visa extensions for foreigners who extended their Azerbaijan visas due to the COVID-19 pandemic are considered valid until border restrictions are lifted. Please visit the State Migration Service website for the most current information.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
    • The quarantine requirement was abolished on June 2, 2021 per announcement by the Cabinet of Ministers.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Azerbaijan? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • COVID-19 testing is available in Baku. Individuals are responsible for the entire cost of COVID-19 tests and the cost is in the range of 100 AZN.  The labs listed on AZAL’s website are accredited by the Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB) to offer COVID-19 tests.
  • Test results can be available by email or text message, depending on the procedures of each individual lab.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of Azerbaijan approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use?  Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Azerbaijan for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes. 
  • Which vaccines are available in Azerbaijan?  According to a Ministry of Health announcement, the Pfizer vaccine is available to citizens 18 years and older at the Baku Health Center and the outpatient clinic of the Central Clinic Hospital.  SinoVac’s CoronaVac and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine are widely available. Please monitor local media for updates.
  • The Republic of Azerbaijan Cabinet of Ministers publishes updates on the COVID-19 situation in Russian and Azerbaijani languages online.  Government authorities have not officially confirmed whether vaccines are available for foreign citizens, but the Embassy has received reports of resident U.S. citizens successfully receiving a vaccine at their local polyclinic at no cost using their Azerbaijan ID (şəxsi vəsiqəsi) and passport.  A list of polyclinics in Baku can be found on the Ministry of Health website.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Local Resources

  • Republic of Azerbaijan Cabinet of Ministers updates in English and (the most current updates) in Azerbaijani

 

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable) 

  • Effective May 1, 2022, masks are no longer required. Before that date, they are obligatory inside and on public transportation. Non-compliance with mask mandates can result in fines up to 600 AZN.