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Azerbaijan Visa Requirements To Visit Baku

November 6th, 2010

Last week we covered new Azerbaijan visa requirements, which require tourists to obtain visas in advance before entering the country. But what’s in this former Soviet republic, anyway?

The New York Times recently ran an article describing Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, which is being transformed into a world-class destination as oil money flows into the country. Superb restaurants and shopping combine with an almost small-town level of friendliness and charm.

From the New York Times article:

And indeed, a grand — if still hazy — vision is beginning to take shape. Eventually the seaside promenade will grow to twice its length and will host futuristic malls, cinemas and arcades. Nearby, there has been talk of building a Guggenheim Bilbao-style project to complement the city’s newly opened Museum of Modern Art, which has a collection of more than 1,000 pieces by prominent Azeri artists as well as works by Picasso and Dalí.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? At the moment, Americans planning a stay in Baku need to get their Azerbaijan visas lined up in advance, so don’t wait until the last minute. To get the visa, you need to fill out an Azerbaijan visa application form and submit it the embassy along with the following:

  • 2 passport photos
  • A tourist voucher from a hotel in Azerbaijan with a confirmation number.
  • A letter of invitation if you will be entering and exiting the country more than once and need a multiple-entry visa.

Also, keep in mind that if your itinerary includes stops in other countries on your way to and from Azerbaijan, you may have additional visa regulations to contend with, some of them more complex than Azerbaijan’s (Russia, I’m looking at you.)

RushMyTravelVisa will research your itinerary and walk you through the application process for all of the visas you’ll need for your trip. Then, we’ll deliver your applications to the appropriate embassies for super-fast processing.

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New Azerbaijan Visa Requirements for Tourists

October 29th, 2010

Until just recently, American citizens could visit Azerbaijan without having to apply for a visa in advance. It’s always been a good idea to do so, because getting a visa in the airport meant waiting through a number of long lines, but airport visas were an option if you didn’t have the time to apply at an Azerbaijani embassy before you left.

However, as Gadling notes, the rules have changed and travelers to Azerbaijan need to take note:

“Then, in the middle of October, Azerbaijan suddenly changed its visa regime, requiring visitors to obtain visas at the country’s embassies in advance. This requirement is not particularly annoying for tourists, who usually have time to drop their passports off at embassies prior to travel, but it’s a huge hassle for business travelers who often need to travel at the drop of a hat.”

The US Department of State further clarifies the new rules: “With limited exceptions, (diplomatic or official government travelers, or persons with invitations from high-ranking officials of the Government of Azerbaijan) you cannot get a visa at the airport. Nor can you get a visa at the land borders with Georgia and Russia.”

You can apply for your Azerbaijan visa at an Azerbaijani embassy. If you’re applying as a tourist, you will need the following documents:

  • 1 completed visa application form
  • 2 passport photos
  • A tourist voucher from a hotel in Azerbaijan with a confirmation number.

The default tourist visa for visitors to Azerbaijan is a single-entry visa. If you need multiple entries, you will also need a letter of invitation from someone in the country.

RushMyTravelVisa can help you get an Azerbaijan visa before you travel. We’ll walk you through the paperwork and deliver your application to the appropriate embassy or consulate for the fastest processing available.

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Azerbaijan Visa Requirements To See the Rock Art at Gobustan

June 12th, 2010

Azerbaijan is one of those countries that’s off the beaten path but full of wonderful surprises, like this week’s featured UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape. Added to the World Heritage List in 2007, Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape is an amazing collection of ancient rock art created over a period of 40,000 years.

There are over 6,000 engravings at the site, depicting a wide range of subjects, including people, rituals,battles,  bullfights, the sun and stars, boats, and more. In addition to the engravings, the site is full of other archaeological evidence of ancient human settlement, such as burial sites and preserved cave dwellings.

Today, Gobustan is rather dry and arid, and is sparsely populated as a result. However, in the past, the region’s climate was wetter and water more abundant, and the area supported a diverse selection of fauna that you would have to travel to Africa to see today, including goats, deer, wild horses, donkeys, wild boars, gazelles , lions, wolves, wild cats and leopards. Naturally, humans were attracted by the abundant wildlife and the natural shelter provided by the caves.

In addition to the rock art, Gobustan is also famous for mud volcanoes. Although they sometimes shoot flames in the air, mud volcanoes mainly just spew mineral-rich mud that is reputed to have medicinal properties.

To visit Azerbaijan, if you are a US citizen you will need both a valid passport and an Azerbaijan visa. You can get a single-entry Azerbaijan visa at the airport if you arrive by plane, but you will need to apply ahead of time if you are arriving by land or if you need a multiple-entry visa. Here’s what you need to get the visa:

  • 1 Azerbaijan visa application form
  • 2 passport photos
  • A tourist voucher from a  hotel in Azerbaijan with a confirmation number.

Remember, you may need other visas depending on what countries you travel through to get to Azerbaijan, even if you’re just passing through. RushMyTravelVisa  can research your itinerary and tell you exactly what documents you need. Then, we make it easy to apply by walking you through the application process and submitting your paperwork for you to expedite processing.

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Azerbaijan Visa Requirements to See the Walled City of Baku (UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Week)

January 16th, 2010

This week’s World Heritage Site of the Week is an ancient walled city in the country of Azerbaijan.  The Walled City of Baku has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period. Over the centuries, the  city has been  Zoroastrian, Sasanian, Arabic, Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman, and Russian.

The buildings in the Old City are believed to date back to the 12th century AD, and include minarets, bathhouses, a palace and a tower. One of the main features is the Palace of the Shirvanshahs,  an intricate stone palace build in the 15th  century.  Another landmark is the Maiden Tower, a round stone tower that dates back to the 12 century, possibly earlier. Once a watchtower, it has been turned into a museum.

The site was made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The UNESCO website says it made the list because it “represents an outstanding and rare example of an historic urban ensemble and architecture with influence from Zoroastrian, Sassanian, Arabic, Persian, Shirvani, Ottoman, and Russian cultures.”

US citizens traveling to Azerbaijan need both a US passport and an Azerbaijan visa. Here’s what you need to get an Azerbaijan tourist visa:

  • 1 completed  visa application form
  • 2 passport photos
  • A tourist voucher from a  hotel in Azerbaijan with a confirmation number.

A visa expediting company like can help you with your Azerbaijan visa application and can forward it to the appropriate embassy or consulate. We can also research your itinerary to determine what types of visas you will need for your trip, and can help you apply for any other visas, including travel visas, that might be required.

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