Message for U.S. Citizens: 2017 Formula 1 Race — Baku Road and Pedestrian Restrictions

June 19, 2017

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Azerbaijan of the upcoming road and pedestrian restrictions that will be implemented in Baku during the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe. Road closures and other security measures will significantly affect traffic and restrict access to the Boulevard and city center from Monday, June 19, 1:00 am until Tuesday, June 27, 6:00 am. The race itself will take place during the weekend of June 23-25, including night events. For the most up-to-date information related to road closures, parking prohibitions, and pedestrian restrictions, please visit

Travelers are encouraged to plan their trips accordingly:

* Baku city residents should expect delays and congestion in Baku city center during the event; building extra time into your travel plans is highly recommended.

* Consider use of public transportation to reduce your movements by car in the city center.

* The public transport coordinator is expected to release bus schedules and related information for this period in the near future.

* Follow the law enforcement instructions and be patient.

Pedestrian Restrictions:

Pedestrian access along the Boulevard walking area is expected to be restricted to those with a race ticket or race accreditation throughout the event.

For further information:

* See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Azerbaijan Country Specific Information .

* Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program STEP to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

* For assistance, contact the U.S. Embassy in Baku, located at 111 Azadlig Avenue, at (+994) 12 488 3300. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+994) 12 488 3300.

* Local emergency numbers:

112 Ministry of Emergency Situations

101 Fire Department

102 Police

103 Medical Emergency

* Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

* Visit the U.S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijan and follow us on Twitter  and Facebook .