COVID-19 Information for Azerbaijan

Last updated:   11/08/2021

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

 

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 January 1, 2022, according to an October 29, 2021 decision by Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers. Effective May 31, 2021 masks are no longer required in outdoor spaces, but remain obligatory indoors, subject to fines.  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. The Cabinet of Ministers also announced that, beginning October 1, 2021 recreation and entertainment venues, cultural facilities, and cinemas will be allowed to operate at fifty percent capacity; proof of vaccination will be required for those 18 and over. Schools are open for a mix of in-person and remote learning.  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.

 

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.  Local media reports AstraZeneca vaccines are also 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.

 

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? Yes. 
      • Additionally, 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).
      • 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 up to 72 hours ahead of the flight to Azerbaijan for passengers over 1 year of age. 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 may also be required to depart Azerbaijan, if required by the destination country.
      • 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.
      • A negative PCR test is still required for all travelers over age 1, regardless of vaccination status.
      • 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.

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? No.
    • The quarantine requirement was abolished on June 2, 2021 per announcement by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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 over the age of 1 flying to Azerbaijan in order to check-in for their flight.  In addition, as announced June 9, passengers over age 18 must have a COVID-19 passport (or a document confirming full vaccination against COVID-19 or immunity to COVID-19). The negative COVID-19 results must issued within 72 hours of departure to Azerbaijan.  For flight paths consisting of several different flights, the term “departure” refers to the departure time of the flight going directly to Azerbaijan.  A negative COVID-19 test is required to depart Azerbaijan only as required by the destination country.  Please review the official rules in detail before flying.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes. 
    • Most public transportation, including the Baku Metro, reopened on May 31 for weekday operations, and resumed weekend operation beginning October 1, 2021.
    • Starting October 1, 2021, when traveling by mass transit (rail or road) between the cities and regions of Azerbaijan (except between Baku and Sumgayit and in the Absheron region), those 18 and over will need to have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (and after November 1, 2021, will need to have received the second dose, or have a certificate of immunity).

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Effective May 31, masks are not required outdoors, but remain obligatory inside and on public transportation.  Non-compliance with mask mandates can result in fines up to 600 AZN.

 

Consular Operations

  • All routine U.S. Citizen Services are available by appointment through our website.
  • We are currently offering as many non-immigrant visa appointments as local conditions, resources, and safety considerations allow in mission-critical visa categories, including appointments for petition-based visas, student visas, and a limited number of exchange visitor visas.  We are accepting business/visitor visa interview waiver applications from qualifying citizens and residents of Azerbaijan whose previous visa in the same category expired within the past 36 months.  Please see our visas page for full details. 
  • 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 English and (the most current updates) in Azerbaijani