About Azerbaijan

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Welcome to Azerbaijan! This is the Land of Fire and the Pearl of the Caucasus, a land where eastern colors combine magnificently with western progress.Azerbaijan is a country of unique nature, unmatched culture, centuries of history with its customs and traditions and fine cuisine; a place which will satisfy the expectations of the most sophisticated gastronomists, and finally, it is the country of Caucasian hospitality and friendliness.

Historically a part of the Great Silk Road and situated at the crossroads of
the geopolitical, economic and cultural interests of many nations and civilizations, Azerbaijan has, since ancient times, aroused the interests of great minds, scientists, travellers and historians. Azerbaijan has an amazing historical and cultural heritage with more than 7500 natural, archaeological, architectural, and historical monuments.

  • Area: 86,600
  • Population: 10 million
  • Ethnicity: 91.60% – Azerbaijani, 2.02% – Lezgian, 1.35% – Armenian, 1.34% -Russian
  • Capital: Baku
  • Language: Azerbaijani (state), most people also speak Russian and English
  • Religion: Muslim (main), Georgian Orthodox, Armenian Gregorian
  • Currency: Manat (GEL)
    1 USD = 1.71 GEL, 1 EURO = 1.91 GEL
  • Time: + 4 hrs GMT (Winter Time), + 3 hrs GMT (Summer Time)
  • Climate: During the winter months of December through March it gets quite cold, with daily temperatures far below zero and (little) snowfall. The mountainous regions of Azerbaijan are known for severe weather conditions and extremely cold weather that descends upon them during the winter months, with very strong winds and
    snowstorms. The coastal areas are significantly warmer then the northern mountainous portion of Azerbaijan, due to the tempering effect of the Caspian Sea
  • Museums
    Opening hours (Monday to Saturday) 9:00 to 5:00
  • Banks
    Opening hours from 9.30 to 5.30 (from Monday to Friday)
    Shops & Restaurants
    Shops: Open daily 9:00 to 7:00 from Monday to Saturday.
    Restaurants: Open daily 11:00 – till midnight. Opening hours (Monday to Saturday) 9:00 to 5:00

Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expiry date of the
Azerbaijani visa applied for. If there is less than 3 months for the expiry of a foreign citizen’s passport, a visa will not be granted. Citizens of specific countries listed, who are required to obtain a visa with an ordinary passport or with a service passport, have to obtain a visa before travelling to Azerbaijan. Visas are issued in at an embassy or consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan or upon arrival at the border
crossing points of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The visa application form may be filled online and submitted to the diplomatic mission.

Citizens of the following 10 countries can visit Azerbaijan without a visa for up to 90 days – Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Krygyztan, Moldova, Ukraine & Uzbekistan

According to Azerbaijan’s Center for Economic and Social Development, the country is in 39th place among 148 countries in tourism competitiveness indicators. The World Travel and Tourism Council reported that Azerbaijan is among the top ten countries with the greatest increase in visitor exports from 2010 to 2016. The country had the world’s fastest-developing travel and tourism economy (a 46.1 percent increase) in 2017.