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.
Azerbaijan is situated at the eastern side of the Transcaucasia (or South Caucasus) on the shores of the Caspian Sea. The population of Azerbaijan exceeds 9.8 million and the territory covers an area of 86 600 square kilometers. According to both of these figures, Azerbaijan is the largest country of the South Caucasus. The National language here is Azerbaijani. However, Russian is also widely used and many younger residents also speak English. Azerbaijan shares borders with Iran (765 km), Turkey (15 km), Russia (390 km), Georgia (480 km) and Armenia (1007 km). The eastern shores of the country are washed by the waters of the Caspian Sea.
The City of Baku is the capital and the country’s largest city located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia; its name meaning “city of winds” or “city on the hill”. The city is a large scientific, cultural and industrial center. Ancient foundations, its large area and population all make Baku one of the oldest and largest cities in the East. Baku is situated on the shore of the Caspian Sea in the south of the Absheron peninsula. Baku perfectly combines the beauty and intrigue of its ancient past with its ambition to establish itself as a modern European city featuring award winning architecture, business centers and skyscrapers.
Being the largest cultural center in the country, Baku is the city in which the first national theatre, in the Muslim East, lifted the curtain; the first opera was performed; the country's first newspaper was published as well as it being the city where Azerbaijan's first library was opened. Baku is home to the most beautiful and extraordinarily decorative buildings; its museums, theatres, opera house, cinemas and libraries.
Baku Boulevard is a quay that stretches for 25 kilometers along the shore of the Caspian Sea. Here everything is thought out to the smallest detail and beautiful both at night and in the daytime. There are many interesting views of the city from here. there are many important city structures in the boulevard, among them - Parachute tower with a height of 75 m, opened in 1936; Museum of carpets, whose building in form resembles a folded carpet; The Mugham Music Center, the ancient Puppet Theater building, the large Park Boulevard shopping and entertainment center, the Crystal Hall concert hall, the National Flag Square, and the "Little Venice", where you can take a ride through the labyrinth of canals. The embankment is buried in greenery; there are many parks on it, singing fountains, attractions, cafes, restaurants. Here you can also see a huge chessboard with figures about half the size of human growth, where local guys play games. Baku can be seen from the other side on a pleasure boat. From here an amazing panorama of the Baku bay opens. And to see the panorama of Baku from a bird's eye view, you can climb to the highest place of the capital - Nagorny Park - with the help of a funicular. Seaside Boulevard - history, past, present and future, the place where noise for a moment, where you can feel the soul of Baku, feel its magic, and where to you find the realization of why it is impossible not to fall in love with this city.
There are about 500 hotels in Azerbaijan, 150 of which are situated in the city of Baku. Prices of hotels depend on the season and the star rating. During the first hotel boom, many five-star and four-star hotels were built in the city. Today, special priority is given to the creation of conditions for developing ‘economy class’ tourism. Thus, the opening of budget accommodation is being actively encouraged in Baku and in the regions. Rooms and beds can be booked online, as well as through tour operators and directly with the hotel. Hotel personnel will be able to assist customers in a variety of languages but mostly, hotel employees are likely to speak English, Russian, Turkish and Arabic. It is strongly advisable to book accommodation in advance of arrival because Azerbaijan is currently enjoying a boom in tourism and hotels are often booked up.
Azerbaijan Visa Requirements:
First of all, you need to check your eligibility.
There is a number of countries whose citizens have the right for visa-free entry with a foreign passport to the territory of Azerbaijan for up to 90 days. This list includes the following countries: Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Tajikistan.
VISA UPON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT
Citizens of several states can obtain visa upon arrival at the airports of Azerbaijan. This visa to Azerbaijan will allow them to stay in the country for up to 30 days. This list includes the following countries: Bahrain, Israel, Malaysia, Oman, Japan, China, Qatar, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, Kuwait, UAE (citizens and residents), Indonesia and Iran.
In order to simplify the procedure of issuing visas for foreigners and stateless persons the system of electronic visas has been launched in Azerbaijan since 2015.
Foreign citizens from 94 countries came to Azerbaijan for less than 30 days can obtain the electronic visa. The entire process is carried out by e-mail. E-visa is valid only for short trips to Azerbaijan.
How it Works?
The e-Visa is issued electronically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It`s an A4 paper size document with your photo, passport details, validity information and bar code. For more details please click the link below: