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

  • Azerbaijan has confirmed 209 cases of COVID-19 within its borders as of March 27. There have been 4 confirmed deaths.

  • All of Azerbaijan’s borders currently are closed to passenger traffic. Citizens of Azerbaijan are permitted to return home across the border from neighboring states, and vice versa.

  • Flights into and out of Azerbaijan currently are extremely limited. Please contact relevant airline companies for more details.

  • 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.

  • The Government of Azerbaijan has instituted additional steps to decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission among the public. These include a restriction on travel between the area consisting of Baku, Sumgayit, and the Absheron Peninsula and other regions of Azerbaijan. Persons aged 65 and over are not allowed to leave their homes, and the public is restricted from gathering in groups of ten persons or more. Fines and jail terms are being imposed for violators of these rules. Go to this link for more details: https://cabmin.gov.az/

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
  • Commercial flights into and out of Azerbaijan currently are extremely limited. Please contact relevant airline companies for more details.

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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