Health Alert and Update on Weekend Movement Restrictions (June 11, 2020)
Current Situation in Azerbaijan:
The Government of Azerbaijan has extended rules restricting international passenger traffic and movement between the regions of Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Lankaran, Absheron, and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic through July 1, 2020.
The Government of Azerbaijan will instate a mandatory stay-at-home order for individuals in Baku, Sumgayit, the Absheron Peninsula, Ganja, Yevlakh, Kurdamir, Ismaili, Salyan District, and Lankaran from 12 a.m. on June 14, 2020, to 6 a.m. on June 16, 2020. During this time, individuals in the municipalities listed above are not permitted to leave their places of residence unless faced with an imminent threat to their health and safety. Individuals will be able to take their pets outside subject to certain limitations during the tightened movement restrictions. The Government of Azerbaijan has warned harsh penalties will be imposed against anyone violating the stay-at-home order. All U.S. citizens in affected areas are strongly encouraged to remain at home during this time period for their own safety. Citizens are also encouraged to maintain adequate stocks of food and supplies to last in the event another two or three-day stay-at-home order is issued on short notice.
A number of rules and restrictions remain in place during Azerbaijan’s announced quarantine regime through July 1, 2020. In periods outside announced stay-at-home orders, individuals must maintain social distancing and wear masks on public transportation, in commercial facilities, and in a number of other instances face a fine. Individuals are not allowed to gather in groups of 10 or more people in public places. Individuals aged 65 and above are now allowed to leave their homes but are encouraged to do so only if necessary. Traffic to/from the areas of Baku, Absheron, Ganja, and Lankaran remains suspended. Please refer to our website or the full text of the announcement for more information.
As of June 11, 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Azerbaijan Republic confirmed 8,530 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There have been 102 confirmed deaths. The government has acknowledged that community spread of the virus is occurring and that COVID-19 infections are present in all regions of Azerbaijan.
All Passenger Traffic, including Flights, to and from Azerbaijan Is Currently Suspended. The Cabinet of Ministers of the Azerbaijan Republic has announced all passenger traffic in and out of Azerbaijan will remain closed during the quarantine period. This restriction includes the cessation of passenger flights in and out of Azerbaijan. We will inform U.S. citizens as soon as we have information regarding the resumption of regular international commercial flights. U.S. citizens in urgent need of evacuation from Azerbaijan should e-mail BakuACS@state.gov. The Embassy does not anticipate an opportunity for citizens to evacuate Azerbaijan until commercial flights become available.
Visa extensions for foreigners in Azerbaijan: The State Migration Service recently announced that 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 expired on April 30. Individuals can make a payment at: https://eservice.migration.gov.az/public/create-mom-application
The government of Azerbaijan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions, including additional restrictions on travel inside Azerbaijan, to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
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. 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. There are reports of U.S. citizens having to share quarters with strangers and of families being separated in quarantine facilities.
On March 6, 2020 the Department of State allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and their family members from Azerbaijan.
Effective March 16, 2020, U.S. Embassy Baku suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information or send us an email at BakuACS@state.gov.
Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe.
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Azerbaijan.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijan
111 Azadlig Avenue
AZ1007 Baku, Azerbaijan
(994 12) 488 3300
U.S. Embassy Baku website