Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijan

Location:  Baku, Azerbaijan

Virtual Town Hall Meeting for American Citizens

If you missed the virtual town hall for American Citizens yesterday, you can view the recording on the Embassy’s Facebook page.

Current Situation in Azerbaijan:

On March 31, 2020, the Government of Azerbaijan implemented stricter rules requiring people to stay inside, whether in private homes, apartments, or permanent or temporary residences. Fines or jail terms are being imposed for violators of these rules.  Please refer to our website or the full text of the announcement for more information.

As of April 1, 2020 the Cabinet of Ministers of the Azerbaijan Republic confirmed 359 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  There have been 5 confirmed deaths.  The government has acknowledged that community spread of the virus is occurring.

Commercial flights leaving Azerbaijan are now extremely limited.  We strongly urge U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.  Azerbaijan Airlines operates a flight to London every Thursday, which is available by booking directly through the Azerbaijan Airlines website.

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.  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.

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