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7 Things To Know Before Applying for an Azerbaijan E-visa

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As an American with major passport privilege, I always get stressed out when it comes to applying for visas. I’m just not used to it, as my passport allows me to travel to well over 150 countries without a visa or with visa on arrival.

So when I jumped on booking a cheap flight to Baku, Azerbaijan in January, I was actually a little stressed about the visa process. My friend told me that she had had her visa rejected several times. In my head, applying for an e-visa to Azerbaijan was going to be some insane, herculean task.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that applying for an e-visa for Azerbaijan is super straightforward and simple, provided you follow their rules. I did, however, find a few things that I should inform others of, hence writing this post.

Things to Know Before Applying for an E-Visa to Azerbaijan

Not every nationality is permitted to apply for an e-visa to Azerbaijan. Check the official government’s list of countries who can apply for an e-visa here. Currently, 95 countries can apply for e-visas to Azerbaijan. I’m not going to give a full list here as these things are subejct to change, and the official website will always be the most up-to-date.

Please note that this reflects my personal experience as an American passport holder traveling in 2018. Your experience may vary for a variety of reasons; I’m just trying to share what I personally learned about the process. And honestly, I’m mostly writing this post to stick it to the cheating e-visa company who nearly scammed $40 out of me before I even stepped foot in Azerbaijan. However, once I started using the official website, applying for an e-visa to Azerbaijan was incredidbly easy and straightforward. Still, there are a few things you should know to smooth out the process.

1. There is a scam company charging nearly 3x the rate – go with the actual government site

Some scam company with better SEO than the actual Azeri government runs a website that charges $65 for an Azerbaijan e-visa, when it actually costs $20 for the e-visa plus a $4 processing fee. The fake site has a very official looking URL: https://evisa.com.az. In actuality, though, you need to use https://evisa.gov.az or you’ll be charged nearly three times as much.

If you just search “e-visa Azerbaijan” or some variant of that, unfortunately, the scam site pops up first (in fact, when I just tested it now, the official site isn’t even really a search result, but the URL is hidden on the page if you look carefully)

I nearly fell for it! My friend who I was going to Azerbaijan with had gotten her e-visa before me painlessly and paid only $24 USD with the official site. I, however, ended up on the scam site and was shocked when it asked me for $65 USD. I tried to search if there had been some sort of diplomatic spat that raised the price of our visas but could find nothing online… and then I ended up on the legitimate website and realized I had nearly gone through an agency masquerading as the official website.

This happens to a lot of people so please, be careful and check that the website ends in .gov.az and NOT .com.az!

This is the correct website.

2. You can only get a single-entry Azerbaijan e-visa, so don’t leave and plan to re-enter on the same e-visa

The website only gives you single-entry Azerbaijan e-visas, which become used and invalid after you leave the country. If you plan to leave Azerbaijan to visit, say, other countries in the Caucasus and need to return, you will need to apply for and pay for another e-visa after leaving Azerbaijan. Luckily, the e-visas are all issued within 3 business days (3 hours for urgent cases, for which you’ll pay $50), so you won’t have to spend that much time out of Azerbaijan.

However, your Azerbaijan e-visa is only good for 30 days out of every 3 months, and I don’t believe you can use a second e-visa to get around that restriction (please inform me otherwise if that’s not the case). So watch your days and make sure you don’t exceed 30 days, including arrival and departure days.

Visiting Nakhchivan (assuming you fly) means you stay in Azeri territory and does not count as leaving, so a single-entry visa is fine for visiting Nakhchivan. No special papers or visas are needed for Nakhchivan.

3. You can visit Armenia before or after Azerbaijan, but not Nagorno-Karabakh

It is not a problem to get an e-visa for Azerbaijan if you have visited Armenia. I personally visited Azerbaijan first, before Armenia. However, I can point to several friends who have visited Azerbaijan after visiting Armenia, and while some of them were asked a few questions, absolutely no one was denied entry.

That does not go for the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, which in international eyes is Azerbaijani territory that Armenia illegally controls. I’m not going to get into the politics or my opinion of it, but do know that if you go to Nagorno-Karabakh and try to enter Azerbaijan, deportation is the best case scenario. People have been extradited from other countries, sent to Azerbaijan, and jailed for visiting the Nagorno-Karabakh region. I do not recommend lying on your Azerbaijan e-visa application if you’ve visited Nagorno-Karabakh.

4. They are very, VERY fussy about writing your name properly on the visa application form

If you want a laugh, check out the PDF advising you on how to fill out your form and count how many times they write “It is wrong!”

But seriously, your visa information will be compared against a database, and if entered incorrectly, it will be denied. My friend either forgot to put her middle name or put it in the wrong section and her visa was denied. However, luckily, if you need to make a change to your Azeri e-visa you can do so rather easily. It costs 5 USD to fix and it takes about 3 hours to make the change.

5. Be sure to print your e-visa

This should be obvious but you will need to print your electronic visa for Azerbaijan and present it alongside your passport when you arrive at the border. There are kiosks in the airport that some countries use for visa on arrival but if you have an e-visa you can bypass these kiosks and just go straight the passport control.

6. You need at least 6 month’s validity on your passport

This should be common knowledge by now, but ensure that by the time you enter Azerbaijan you will have in excess of six months validity left on your passport. This doesn’t just apply for Azerbaijan but for virtually every country, and many airlines will not even let you board the plane if you have less than six months remaining on your passport, even if the country itself would let you in. So play it safe and make sure you renew your passport if needed.

7. You must register if your stay is 10 days or longer or if you’re moving around the country

You thought you were done when you entered Azerbaijan with your printed e-visa in hand? HA. There’s one more byzantine hoop you may need to jump through (or rather, make your hotel jump through). If you are only staying in Baku and not leaving the residence address (your hotel, hostel, etc.) you entered on your application, you’re fine.

But if you plan to visit a second place in Azerbaijan, or if you are planning on staying more than 9 days, you will need to register. Luckily, you can have your hotel register you and it’s not a problem. They will need to see a printed copy of your e-visa (so keep it with you after you’ve been stamped into the country) and your passport and it will only take them about an hour to do the paperwork and less than 24 hours to get confirmation. Keep ahold of your confirmation e-mail in case any issues arise.

Registration is free and your hotel should not charge you for it.

Have you applied for an e-visa to Azerbaijan and have anything to add? Let me know in the comments!

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Mubbashir Mehmood
    August 9, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    They Charge Me 65 Usd Yesterday …Will They Issue Me Visa??

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      August 9, 2018 at 9:47 pm

      They should, they just overcharged you 🙁 Next time, try the government site, it should be much cheaper.

  • Reply
    traveller123
    August 11, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    hi, as part of my travel plan, i intend to land in Baku, travel to Georgia and to take return flight again from Baku.

    any idea, can i apply 2 e-visa at the same time to avoid risk of later not getting e-visa on time or what should i do?

    thanks in advance

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      August 11, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      Hello, I am not sure if you can apply for 2 e-visas simultaneously. If you have over a week in Georgia that would be enough time to apply for a new visa once you left but it would be tricky to time. Contact the Azerbaijan MFA, the URL is here: http://www.mfa.gov.az/content/885 – and let me know what you find out 🙂

  • Reply
    Jim Winkowski
    September 20, 2018 at 11:32 am

    Hello,

    Once you have an e-visa, do they still put a full visa page in your passport upon arrival? Just curious as I am don’t want to run out of pages.

    Thanks,

    Jim

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      September 20, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Jim, when I visited in May 2018, I just showed them the printed e-visa and I received a small stamp upon entry and exit, like you would with any other country.

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    Peter
    September 21, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Great article Allison. Californians are the best world travelers! (ok,I am biased). The warning about the Nagorno-Karabakh border and the order in which you visit these countries made me sit up straight. Did you visit this region while in Azer? We are flying into Baku and will cross through Nagorno-Karabakh en route to Armenia by bus. I’m wondering if you did the same? The US State department warns against visiting this region due to armed conflict. Good times…
    Peter (from Oceanside)

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      September 21, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Hi Peter! I did not visit Nagorno-Karabakh. You will not be able to take a bus between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the border is closed. Also, you cannot cross through Nagorno-Karabakh from Azerbaijan, because it is Armenia who is controlling the border, and the border is closed. I flew to Baku, flew to Nakhchivan, flew back to Baku, then went to Ganja and Sheki in Azerbaijan and then crossed into Georgia, to Tbilisi. From Tbilisi, we visited Yerevan, then back to Tbilisi to fly out.

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    Dharit
    October 2, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Hey, i accidently entered my home address instead of azerbaijan address. I feel my visa will be rejected. Can i re-apply again? I am dumb and the message didn’t showed up i need to add Azerbaijan hotel address.

    Any idea if i can re-apply and should i wait till there rejection?

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      October 2, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Dharit! Wait for the notification of acceptance or rejection. If it is rejected, likely you will just have to make an amendment, which costs about $5 USD or so. I remember this happened to my friend when she forgot to enter her first and middle name (and just entered her first name). The change was accepted quite quickly so as long as it is not last minute I wouldn’t worry too much. Worst case scenario you can reapply if you are rejected outright.

      • Reply
        Dharit
        October 3, 2018 at 10:35 am

        Thanks Allison for your reply. I will wait for their email and update back here what they have to say.

        My travel date is 30th October, so I have ample of time.

        • Reply
          Allison Green
          October 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm

          Yeah, you have plenty of time! Let us know how it goes 🙂

          • Dharit
            October 4, 2018 at 11:26 am

            Hi Allison,

            Got my e-Visa 🙂 just now (afternoon here in India).

            It will be my 6th visit to a country after UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, USA and Canada!

            Your blogs are really useful and I will follow-it! Will keep you posted how my trip goes or any questions I might have.

            You have been wonderful in providing the information and wish you the best!

            Thanks,

          • Allison Green
            October 4, 2018 at 12:26 pm

            Awesome, congrats, I hope you enjoy! I have some stuff on Nakhchivan if you make it there and a blog post on Baku. If you want to know more about Azerbaijan travel check out my friend Stephanie’s blog – https://historyfangirl.com/tag/azerbaijan/ for a ton more content, we made the trip together and she covered Azerbaijan more thoroughly than I did!

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    hadeel
    October 28, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Hi,

    I have a question, I want travel to Baku, I know that e-visa for single entry is 30 days. What I have to do if I have to stay 32 days instead of 30 days, Should I pay any charge fee for each day after 30 days or how it works, please let me know.

    Thanks

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      October 29, 2018 at 12:06 am

      Hi Hadeel, without knowing your nationality or circumstance I can’t advise you on this. I would recommend contacting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Azerbaijan (MFA) or your embassy in Azerbaijan for more details. Generally the e-visa is only 30 days and single entry so you will likely have to apply for a different kind of visa at the embassy.

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    Ali
    December 10, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Hi,

    I have two questions, one is If I am putting January 2nd, 2019 of my entry date then is it mandatory to enter on the same date or can I change my dates within the 3 months of valid visa period?
    Second, If I am putting a hotel address while applying for my visa, so is it mandatory to stay in the same hotel or if I am getting any good offer from another hotel or I want to change my hotel after issuing eVisa, can I change?

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      December 11, 2018 at 1:31 am

      Hi Ali, you can definitely enter after the date you’ve entered so long as it’s within the validity period. As for your hotel, I think it’s fine to change, no one asked to check anything when I arrived. I think it’s more of a formality. Just be sure to register if you plan to stay 10 days or longer.

  • Reply
    Najam
    December 12, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Hi Allison,
    do we need to book a return ticket or is it fine to book one way? do we require Travel insurance?

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      December 12, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      You do not need to book a return ticket. I exited via land from the Georgia border. I was not asked to show travel insurance but it always is a good idea to have it. I never travel without it. You will have to check specifics with Azerbaijan’s MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

  • Reply
    Anubhav Plawat
    December 12, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    The thing you mentioned in last point that we need to register for something through hotel if we are planning to visit other cities in Azerbaijan. Can we apply for that when we reach our hotel or do we need to inform the hotel beforehand to register before we enter Azerbaijan? Does it affects the visa application? As no such thing is mentioned while applying for visa

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      December 12, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Hi Anubhav, you can register at the hotel. No need to inform beforehand. It doesn’t affect the visa application.

  • Reply
    Dulip Weerasinghe
    December 14, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Hi Allison,

    The details in your blog is very useful and i found the same website issue when I’m trying to apply for my e-visa. I visited lot of websites and read all and found the correct and legitimate website to apply. I’m planing to visit Baku in January 2019. Wish to see some snow as well.

    Regards.

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