Following countries citizens can enter Azerbaijan visa-free:
- For up to 90 days: Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
- For up to 30 days: China, Turkey
- For up to 15 days: Iran
The rest countries citizens are required to obtain visa. For Information on visa requirements visit the website of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
It is not possible to obtain visas at Heydar Aliyev Airport in Baku any more for travellers. Multiple visas are generally not issued for tourists outside of Azerbaijan.
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Azerbaijan has a rich historical, cultural and natural heritage that attracts visitors from all over the world. Its unspoiled natural landscapes, ancient architecture, unique cuisine, mineral springs, and even the world's only oil field treatment – naphthalene, make it a must-see destination.
5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Azerbaijan
- Cuisine — Azerbaijani cuisine is uniquely Eastern and the diet consists of meat, fish and vegetable dishes. Azerbaijani dishes are made of mutton, beef and poultry. Azerbaijanis like other Muslims do not eat pork. Saffron is popular in Azerbaijan and the spice is used in many national dishes! Lavash bread baked in tandoor, piti, halva in Sheki and levengi in Masally and Lenkeran are some of the specialties.
- World’s Largest Salt Lake — the Caspian Sea is considered the largest lake in the World. Its huge area as well as the fact that its bed is composed of ocean type Earth crust essentially qualifies this lake as “the sea” although the water is not as salty as most sea water. It’s great for swimming because the water does not irritate the eyes or dry the skin. Absheron seaside and in the famous Nabran resort zone have hotels and resort centres, boat trips, yacht clubs, fishing, and diving.
- Land of fire — Azerbaijan is known as the Land of Fire because fire worshipers gathered in Baku in ancient times and built their temples on sacred flames. Absheron peninsula is rich with oil and gas. There are burning flame outlets at the surface in Mehemmedi settlement on Absheron peninsula near Baku, where Yanar Dag is located which literally translates to “burning mountain”. The hill side has been covered with flame for many years. The territory is now designated a State historical-cultural and natural Reserve.
- Architecture — the famous Flame Tower complex is considered to have one of the best lighting in the world. The surface of the Towers is fully covered with LED screens which reflect different visual characters in motion, easily visible from the far corners of the city. The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre and ultra-modern Crystal Hall concert complex at the State Flag Square in Baku where the “Eurovision-2012” contest was held are also other notable delights.
- Mud Volcanos — Azerbaijan has the most mud volcanoes in the world. Thousands of tourists visit Azerbaijan to witness the impressive eruption of the mud volcanoes. Gases flair out of the deep layers of the Earth during eructation and provide an extraordinary spectacle.
Activities to Enjoy in Azerbaijan
- Ecological tourism — ecological tours to Azerbaijan are gaining worldwide popularity. These include trips to nature reservations, and expeditions on trekking and climbing routes. Midday sandy beaches offer opportunities for diving.
- Entertainment and Recreation — hotels and amusement park Qafqaz Gabaland in Gabala, the epic winter and summer tourist complex “Shahdag” in Gusar region are some of the country’s recreational hubs. Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Hyatt Regency, JW Marriott Absheron Baku Hotel, Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel, Grand Hotel Europe, Hilton Baku, Kempinski Hotel Badamdar are some of the popular spots in Azerbaijan.
- Cultural Arts — the rock carvings of Gobustan – the area of Absheron peninsula are inspiring and contemporary artworks such as the paintings of young artists such as Sattar Bahlulzadeh, Tahir Salahov, Togrul Narimanbekov are quite spectacular. Exhibitions are regularly launched, and museums and art galleries operate in the capital and major cities. The Azerbaijan State Museum of Art and demonstrates painting, sculpture, graphics, decorative and applied art of Azerbaijan
- Sporting Activities — the Shahdag Mountain Resort presents opportunities for world-class skiing at a breathtaking altitude. The slopes also provide exciting opportunities for snowboarding and snowmobiling. Kids can enjoy quad biking and snow tubing. The Resort’s Spa will provide a refreshing break from the snow and ice.
- Wildlife — in the lowlands you’ll find gazelles, jackals, and hyenas as well as reptile and rodent species. The mountain regions are inhabited by Caucasian deer, lynx, European bison, chamois, and leopard. Mild winters draw many birds to the Caspian coast, and nature reserves provide a resting home for flamingos, swans, pelicans, and partridges.
5 Places to Visit in Azerbaijan
- Palace of Shaki Khans – the ornate palace building features vivid murals and dazzling coloured light streaming through stained-glass windows. It’s situated in a walled rose garden behind two huge plane trees planted in 1530. The facade combines silvered stalactite vaulting with strong geometric patterns in dark blue, turquoise and ochre.
- Naftalan oil resort – the resort is located 20 km far from the second big city of Azerbaijan- Ganja, in the zone of Naftalan oil fields - in Naftalan town. Naftalan oil has unique healing qualities. Naftalan resorts provide people with treatment in the famous healing naftalan baths.
- Sheki City – Sheki city located in 380 km to the west of Baku is one of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus. Merchants and staplers of the Great Silk Road countries came here from all parts of the world. Sheki was and remains the handicraft centre of tekelduz chain-stitch embroidery. The city is rich with historical and a number of monuments of early Albanian architecture.
- Baku — the capital city has much to offer including amusement arcades for children and adults. Park Boulevard is a popular trade and entertainment centre. You’ll also find the International Mugham Centre executed in modern style and the new building of Carpet Museum of Azerbaijan.
- Maiden’s Tower — the stone tower is Baku’s foremost historical icon with rooftop views surveying Baku Bay and the Old City. The structure dates back centuries and is a major attraction in the city.
- Palace of the Shirvanshahs — this sandstone palace complex was the seat of northeastern Azerbaijan’s ruling dynasty during the Middle Ages. It’s a place for great marvel and offers something endemic to Azerbaijan.
The strikingly beautiful terrain of Azerbaijan presents a mix of traditions and modern development. The lovely people of its remoter areas retain many distinctive folk traditions, but the lives of its city inhabitants have been much influenced by modernization which makes quite a special place and worthy of a visit to witness its full glory.
Much of the territory of Azerbaijan is situated in the subtropical zone. It’s dry and humid subtropical in Lankaran and there’s mountain tundra in the Big Caucasus highlands. Early spring, mild winter and plenty of sunny days, makes Azerbaijan ideal for beach tourism. Beach season opens at the Absheron seaside in May and lasts till the end of September.