COVID-19 Information for Azerbaijan

Last updated:   06/19/2021

***  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.

Note: those traveling to the U.S. cannot have been present in certain countries within 14 days preceding travel to the United States, including the United Kingdom (UK), Schengen Area, Ireland, Iran, India, China, Brazil, and South Africa.  

 

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 August 1, 2021, according to a May 26, 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, but will not operate on weekends.  As of June 10, 2021, beaches, sport and health centers, places of religious worship, malls, and shopping centers are reopened, subject to numerical limitations and mask requirements.  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.
  • 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?  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 (as well as citizens of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Israel, The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Qatar) could fly to Azerbaijan on the special flights currently operating.  See also the Azerbaijan Airlines website.  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, passengers 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.
    • 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.

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 American 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 Englishand (the most current updates) in Azerbaijani