COVID-19 Information for Azerbaijan

Last updated:   04/06/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy at ConsularBaku@state.gov The U.S. Embassy will submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

Country-Specific Information

  • Azerbaijan has acknowledged that community spread of the COVID-19 virus is occurring and that COVID-19 infections are present in all regions of Azerbaijan.  The special quarantine regime will remain in effect at least until June 1, 2021.  Restaurants and cafes opened on February 1, 2021 and most other business and services are open, except shopping malls.  Starting April 5, 2021, educational institutions in Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Sheki, and the Absheron district will switch to distance learning.  Masks are mandatory in all public places (both inside and outside), subject to fines.  Quarantine measures are subject to change at short notice; please refer to the Republic of Azerbaijan Cabinet of Ministers web page in English (or in Azerbaijani) for the most current information.

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 72 hours? 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.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the negative COVID-19 test requirement for entry to the United States, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

 

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?  Currently, only SinoVac’s CoronaVac vaccine is available.  Local media reports a recent delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines through the COVAX program, and a delivery of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines is expected in April or May.  The Cabinet of Ministers announced the Sputnik V vaccine will also be available.  Details about the public availability of AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Sputnik V vaccines have not yet been released.  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.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes.
    • Only U.S. citizens with legal residency in Azerbaijan are permitted to enter the country. Land border crossings remain closed at this time; entry is only possible by air.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry? Yes.
    • A rapid result test will NOT be accepted for entry; it must be a PCR test.  A negative COVID-19 test result must be issued within 48 hours of the flight to Azerbaijan.  A QR code is NOT required on the negative COVID-19 test results, but the presence of such a QR will facilitate faster processing on arrival in Baku.  Negative COVID-19 tests are also required to depart 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.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes.
    • All arrivals to Azerbaijan, including U.S. citizens, are required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine in their own accommodation, regardless of travel origin.
    • If passengers display symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival, they may be required to stay in a state quarantine facility for the 14-day quarantine period.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes.
    • “Special commercial flights” and charter flights routinely fly in and out of Baku.
    • A negative COVID-19 test result is required for passengers flying to or from Azerbaijan in order to check-in for their flight. The negative COVID-19 results must issued within 48 hours of departure.  For flight paths consisting of several different flights, the term “departure” refers to the departure time of the flight going directly to Azerbaijan.  Please review the official rules in detail before flying.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes.
    • Public transportation will be suspended from March 20 – March 29.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Individuals must wear face masks in all public places, both inside and outside.  Non-compliance with the rules regarding social distancing, movement restrictions, mask mandates, and gathering in large groups can result in fines up to 600 AZN.

 

Consular Operations

  • American Citizen Services are available by appointment through our website.
  • We are currently offering as many visa appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow in mission-critical visa categories, including a limited number of appointments for petition-based employment visas, student visas, and exchange visitor visas. 
  • If you are feeling unwell, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please reschedule your appointment for at least 14 days later.
  • Visitors must wear a face mask over their mouth and nose for the duration of their visit to the Embassy.

 

Local Resources:

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