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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
The types of visas of the Republic of Azerbaijan
Visa HQ
Diplomatic Representations
List of embassies and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan around the world
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
The public transport is often crowded and in a bad state. However, it is possible to travel by the metro within the capital city during the day (not advised in the evenings because it is too dangerous). Otherwise, use taxis (only specialized companies) which would be a safe and less expensive method to travel in the city.
Maps of Urban Networks
Maporama
UT Library on line
Mapblast

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Baku (BAK) 26 km / 16 miles AZN 20-30-USD 30 / 30-40 min AZN 1 / 40 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
The roads are not safe as they are in a bad condition and there is a big risk of being attacked. The situation is similar for trains. It is preferable to stay in the capital or to travel  in taxis within the country if required.
Rail Companies
Website giving information on the transport in the Republic of Azerbaijan

 

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Azerbaijan Airlines National Yes
Turkish Airlines National Yes
Iran Air National Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
It is strongly advised not to travel alone in the country. It is better to be accompanied by a guide or a taxi driver.
Road Maps
Country and road maps
Find an Itinerary
Will to go: Itineraries in the Republic of Azerbaijan

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
The places of interest in the capital city of Baku are the Taghiyeu Historic museum, the Tower of Maiden, the old city centre "Ichari Shahar", the Nizami museum on the Fountain Place and the Palace of the Government.

 

For more information, visit the website of the Tourism office of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Cultural
The litterature museum of Nizami is interesting to visit.

For more information, visit the website of the national academy of sciences of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Nature
The seafront of Khudat-Yalama offers a magnificent scenery and the possibility of relaxation.
Religious
The Synyk-Kala Minaret (11th century);
The Armenian Church in Baku;
Thermal
The city of Nakhchivan has numerous spas and hotels with natural hot water springs.

 

Beach
The seafront of Khudat-Yalama offers a magnificent landscape and the possibility of relaxing.
Winter Sports
With 19 ski slopes, the Shahdag Mountain propose several winter activities: Skiing, Snowmobile Tours, Zip Lining, Mountain Segway, Horse Trekking...
Outdoor Activities
It is possible to practise all types of water sports and hiking.

 

Shopping
Shopping is very limited in the country. However, it is possible to find many luxury shops in Baku.
Tourism Organizations
Tourism office of the Republic of Azerbaijan

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
There is no particular demand in terms of vaccinations for international travel. The risk of malaria is exclusively under the benign form of P. vivax exists from June to the end of October in the southern zones as well as in the Khatchmas region to the north of the country. Sporadic cases have been noticed in the suburbs of Baku. Preventive medicine recommended in the zones at risk : CHL.
As the water is not potable in Azerbaijan, the consumption of water from sealed bottles is necessary, including for the washing up for babies, for brushing of teeth and the cleaning of fruits and vegetables. In addition, there are pollution problems.
There have been numerous cases of bird flu during the past few years.
International Hospitals
There are no international hospitals. It is advised to be repatriated if needed.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Health advice for travelers on the US Department of State
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Travel Warnings of the US Department of State
 

Emergency Numbers

Fire Brigade 101
Police 102
Emergency 103
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Baku (GMT+4 in winter, GMT+5 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer time from March to October
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

For Further Information
Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
The Azerbaijani food has been influenced by the recipes of Turkey and Central Asia.
Among the specialties of the country, we can list:
Plov: meat-based dish, with rice and pine kernels.
Kebabs: spicy lamb-based grills.
Piti: mutton-based soup with chickpeas cooked in a terracotta jar.
Dogva: spinach-based soup, with rice and beef cuts with a yogurt sauce on top.
The very famous Azerbaijani caviar, from the Caspian Sea.
The black tea, very renowned in Azerbaijan.
Drinks
Azerbaijanis drink more tea than coffee. Vodka is also a national drink.
Dietary Restrictions
Pork and alcohol consumption is prohibited for Muslims in Azerbaijan.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Azerbaijanian New Manat
ISO Code
AZN
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The local currency is the Manat or AZM.
Possible Means of Payment
MasterCard, Visa and Diners Club cards are accepted in banks, international hotels, restaurants and in some shops (supermarkets and shops selling luxury products). Travelers cheques in USD are accepted in banks at the export rate. It is possible to change currency in the numerous foreign exchange centres, often situated inside shops. Import of foreign currency is controlled at the frontiers of the country (a form has to be filled and preserved, because it is asked for while exiting).

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Speaking

Official Language
Azerbaijani
Other Languages Spoken
Russian.
Business Language
Russian and English
Getting Some Knowledge
It is difficult to find courses for learning Azerbaijani on the internet. However the website Projet Babel facilitates the meeting of people who speak the language.
Free Translation Tools
Azersoft : Free English-Azeri Dictionary
Systran : Free English-Russian-English translator of texts and web pages

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
Caspian estates: real-estate agency in Baku

Sublet: online offers
To Find a Job
Recruitment agencies in the Republic of Azerbaijan

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