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    HIGH MEDICAL RISK for Azerbaijan
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Azerbaijan
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Armenian border areas and Nagorno-Karabakh


COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry rules
• Inbound travel for local nationals / residents:

- Azerbaijani citizens who have visited countries affected by an outbreak of COVID-19 in the last 14 days have to submit a medical certificate after being tested for COVID-19.

• Inbound travel for “third country” nationals:

- Russian and Turkish passport holders will be allowed into Azerbaijan without special permission, provided they can obtain and present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure, and a COVID-19 passport (proof of full immunisation) or a certificate attesting of recovery from COVID-19. For those below the age of 18, a negative PCR test result within 72 hours will suffice.

- Citizens of other countries remain barred from entering unless if they have permission to enter Azerbaijan. This includes the following categories of people:
> Employees and heads of diplomatic missions and consulates in Azerbaijan and their family members
> Foreign nationals whose family members are citizens of Azerbaijan
> Foreign nationals holding work permits in Azerbaijan
> Foreign nationals holding permanent/temporary residence in Azerbaijan
> Foreign national students attending universities in Azerbaijan

(Until further notice)
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
- Travellers who are allowed to enter the country need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result certificate taken within 48 hours prior to the departure.
- Some arriving passengers might have to undergo another COVID-19 test.
• What information is required in the test result?
Only original or hard copy of test result certificates should be presented. As of 1 March, the Azerbaijani authorities require that the result certificate must contain a QR code which when scanned should provide details of the test from the administrating clinic. According to the US Embassy, negative COVID-19 test certificates required for arrival in Azerbaijan no longer need to include a QR code. However, airport authorities have advised that certificates without a QR code could face additional scrutiny and passengers could be delayed in passing through immigration. Travellers should confirm the QR code requirement with their relevant airlines.
(Until further notice)


Quarantine requirements

• Who must quarantine and for how long and where can this be done?
- Those who present a negative PCR test result are not required to quarantine at designated facilities, but are required to self-isolate for 14 days. According to the UK foreign ministry, it is possible to end self-isolation if you are tested again six days after arrival and the result is negative.
- Those who display symptoms will be taken for further evaluation and sent to quarantine facilities for up to 21 days. In case of any suspected exposure, the passenger — regardless of nationality or purpose of travel — will be evaluated and sent to a specially designated quarantine facility for 14 days.
- Quarantine formalities remain at the final discretion of the health authorities upon arrival. Border officials are screening all arriving travellers for symptoms.
- All travellers will be subject to health monitoring upon arrival in Azerbaijan and could then be subject to mandatory follow-up measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. This could include being transferred to quarantine for 14 days, or 21 days if required.
• Approximate cost of quarantine?
You must arrange and pay for the test yourself with a private provider.
• Additional tests in quarantine?
- You should keep hold of any negative certificate should you be asked to provide evidence of a negative test by the authorities. A list of approved test providers can be found on the AZAL website (https://www.azal.az/en/).
(Ends 5 July 2021)
Other

All arriving travellers should anticipate health screening upon arrival.
(until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any entry restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? Yes
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions
- Restrictions on travelling to and out of Azerbaijan by air or land are in force until 1 August, except for cargo and charter flights, and designated categories of passengers.
- All land border crossings of Azerbaijan remain closed.
(Ends 1 August 2021)
Outbound
Testing requirements

• Who needs to test + Type of test and timeframe?
Outbound travellers will require a negative COVID-19 certificate received within 48 hours of their flight. All PCR tests must be taken from a laboratory accredited by the Association for the Management of Medical Territorial Subdivisions (TABIB).
A list of accredited laboratories can be found at: https://www.azal.az/en/information/covid-clinics
(until further notice)
Other
- Only passengers are allowed to enter airports, following disinfection via a 'disinfection corridor'.
- All travellers should anticipate thermal screening upon entry to the airport building, those with elevated temperature or any symptoms may not be allowed to board.
- Face masks are mandatory in the airport.
(until further notice)
Summary
• Are there any border restrictions? Yes
• Are there any exit restrictions? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? Yes
• Are there any quarantine requirements? No
• Are there any vaccine requirements? No
• Are there any separate transit restrictions? No
• Is COVID-19-related documentation required? Yes
• Are there separate restrictions for overseas territories? No
• Are there any other restrictions? Yes
(until further notice)
Border restrictions
• Border closures/restrictions (air, land and sea borders, flight restrictions etc.)
Exit by air and land will remain restricted until at least 1 August.
(Ends 1 August 2021)
Internal / DomesticState of emergency
A state of emergency is in place in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Most categories of traveller are prohibited entry into the region. Exempted categories include partially recognised Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh passport holders and their relatives, Nagorno-Karabakh permanent residents, as well as foreign diplomatic staff and their families.
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on businesses
• Are businesses’ (including shops’) operations restricted by business type?
Yes. However restrictions affecting businesses will continue to be gradually lifted, though authorities can issue new restrictions at short notice. Places of worship, shopping malls, beaches and gyms have reopened. However, these might likely only be opened to vaccinated individuals as the authorities are discussing the details of COVID-19 passports within Azerbaijan.
(Until further notice)
Restrictions on internal travel
• What restrictions are in place?
- Domestic flights have been resumed under strict conditions. All passengers must undergo COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure.
- Public transport operations have been resumed. Baku metro and inter-city public transport have also resumed.
(until further notice)
Other social distancing measures
• General
People will no longer need to wear a face mask outdoors from 31 May. However, wearing a face mask indoors and in public transport is still mandatory.

• Entertainment venues
All mass events throughout the country have been suspended. Cinemas, theatres, entertainment centres and gyms in the country are closed.
(until further notice)
Summary
• Is a state of emergency in place? Yes, partially
• Are curfews/lockdowns in place? No
• Can businesses operate? Restricted
• Are there other restrictions on internal travel? Yes
• Are there any testing requirements? No
• Are there any vaccination requirements? No
• Are there any other restrictions in place? No
(Until further notice)
Special quarantine regime
Azerbaijan is currently under the special quarantine regime, which grants the authorities to impose restrictions in combating to COVID-19. These measures include mandatory face masks wearing in indoor public space, reduced frequency of public transportation and business opening hours.
(Ends 1 August 2021)
Planned changes and internal conditionsStarting from 21 June citizens of Bahrain, Hungary, Israel, Qatar, UAE, UK and US will be allowed to enter Azerbaijan provided that they can present a proof of full vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 for travelers over 18 years of age, as well as a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours prior to departure to Azerbaijan.
(until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)





Risk Summary

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Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Azerbaijan

COVID-19 information for Azerbaijan

Dedicated COVID-19 website

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Petty street crime poses the most significant risk to foreign visitors, though the government and security services retain tight control over the capital Baku, where the crime rate is lower than in many major Western cities. Tensions between Azerbaijan and neighbouring Armenia continue to run high over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Since 1994, border skirmishes between the two countries' militaries have occurred periodically along the so-called 'line of contact' and in the two countries' northern border regions. On 27 September 2020, direct clashes between Azerbaijan, Armenia and Armenia-backed separatist forces broke out. Despite the ceasefire agreement signed by Azerbaijan and Armenia in November, tensions between the two countries remain heightened. All travel to the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh should be avoided. There is a low risk of a terrorist attack, largely due to the limited presence of radical Islamist groups in the country and the authorities' effective counter-terrorism capabilities. Despite an improvement in public infrastructure outside Baku, road conditions remain poor, making driving hazardous.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment. However, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.

STANDING TRAVEL ADVICE

Vaccinations For Azerbaijan
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Routine Vaccinations

 
 
 
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