COVID-19 Information for Azerbaijan

On March 6, 2020 the State Department issued a Travel Advisory urging travelers to 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.

On March 6, 2020, the Department of State allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees and their family members due to travel, transport, and other restrictions related to Azerbaijan’s response 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 “novel coronavirus,” also known as the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2).

Country Specific Information

  • As of July 12, Azerbaijan has confirmed 24041 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There have been 306 confirmed deaths.

     

  • All of Azerbaijan’s borders are currently closed to passenger traffic.

  • Flights into and out of Azerbaijan are no longer available.

     

  • All arrivals to Azerbaijan, including U.S. citizens, are currently being placed in a mandatory 14-day quarantine in government-provided facilities, regardless of travel origin.

    — We have received reports of families being separated in these facilities, and persons being required to share rooms with others.
    — The quality of basic services in these facilities varies, and may not meet all travelers’ individual needs.
    — These quarantine measures are subject to change without prior notice.

  • The Government of Azerbaijan has extended rules restricting international passenger traffic and movement in the regions of Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran, Absheron, and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic through August 1, 2020.

    The Government of Azerbaijan has implemented strict rules requiring people to stay inside, whether in private homes, apartments, or permanent or temporary residences and to monitor citizen movements. From June 22 to July 5, 2020, the Government of Azerbaijan will reintroduce an SMS regime requiring individuals in Baku, Ganja, Sumgayit, Lankaran, Yevlakh, Masalli, Lankaran, Jalilabad, and Absheron to obtain permission by SMS to leave home for essential trips. Individuals must send 1 to leave home for medical care, 2 for trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, bank, post office, or time outdoors, and 3 to attend funerals. Foreigners temporarily staying in Azerbaijan can obtain an identification number from the State Migration Service (SMS) online. Foreigners must then text the number indicating the reason for their departure from home plus either their temporary or permanent residence number (e.g. MYI/DYI 11111111) or the identification number provided online by the SMS to the number 8103. For example, if a person with a temporary residence permit would like to leave the house to buy groceries, to buy medicine, or to visit the bank or post office, he or she would text “2 MYI 11111111” to 8103. A text granting permission will come within one hour. Individuals are allowed to be away from home for two hours when using code “1” or “2”.

    Police will then verify this information when conducting checks on the street. Fines or jail terms can be imposed for violators of these rules. For assistance to resolve technical difficulties or if you do not receive permission within one hour, call the ASAN Service call center at 9108.

    After July 5, restrictions will remain partially eased for all regions of Azerbaijan except for Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran, Absheron, and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. However, individuals are still subject to a number of restrictions, including a prohibition on public gatherings of more than 10 people. Please refer to our website or the full text of the announcement for more information.

    — The full text of this announcement is available here: https://cabmin.gov.az/az/document/4517/

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Azerbaijani border officials are screening all arriving travelers for symptoms. In case of any suspected exposure, the passenger — regardless of national origin or purpose of travel — will be evaluated and sent to specially designated facilities for quarantine, as appropriate.
  • Currently all arrivals to Azerbaijan, including U.S. citizens, are being placed in a mandatory 14-day quarantine in government-provided facilities, regardless of travel origin. We have received reports of families being separated in these facilities, and persons being required to share rooms with others. The quality of basic services in these facilities varies, and may not meet all travelers’ individual needs. These quarantine measures are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Azerbaijan has temporarily suspended the issuance of e-visas. Contact the Azerbaijani Embassy or Consulates in the United States for up-to-date information.
  • Automatic visa extensions for foreigners in Azerbaijan: The State Migration Service recently that announced foreigners “who cannot leave Azerbaijan for obvious reasons” can make a one-time online payment to extend their migration status in Azerbaijan. 30- and 60-day extensions cost 15 AZN and 30 AZN, respectively. The guideline applies to foreigners whose legal stay in Azerbaijan will expire by April 30. https://eservice.migration.gov.az/public/create-mom-application
  • Flights into and out of Azerbaijan are no longer available.

Quarantine Information

  • In the event of suspected coronavirus symptoms, a person will be quarantined in a government facility for 14 days or more, or until the person is determined to be free of the coronavirus.

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