Armenia Travel Guide
You can visit Armenia any time of the year. Cultural and historical tours are the most pleasant in late spring and early autumn, and winters are great for skiing in the mountains. There are many local festivals and bright holidays, plus religious, cultural, historical and gastronomical events in Armenia for you to enjoy. Our Armenia travel guide has collected everything you need in the links below to make the most of your trip.
Citizens of almost all of European and CIS countries can stay in Armenia for up to 180 days visa free. Citizens of many other countries can receive visas on arrival at some border crossings, international airports and railway stations. E-visas are also available through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Citizens of some countries need to apply for a visa at consulates, which may require a letter of invitation (LOI).
Exchanging USD, euros, and Russian rubles to Armenian drams is easy in big cities, as there are currency exchange offices in airports, banks, and hotels. In smaller cities, currency can only be exchanged in banks. Hotels and supermarkets accept credit cards, but traveler’s checks are accepted only in rare cases.
The easiest way to get to Armenia is by flying to Zvartnots International Airport, near Yerevan. There are regular flights to Yerevan from Moscow and some cities in Europe. It is also possible to cross land borders from Georgia and Iran; land border crossings with Azerbaijan and Turkey are unfortunately closed. There is also a daily train to Armenia from Tbilisi, Georgia.
Visitors can import 2 liters or 1 bottle of alcohol, 400 cigarettes, and personal belongings costing not more than $500 USD without paying a customs fee. Cash amounts of more than $10,000 USD must be declared upon arrival, and it is forbidden to export more than $10,000 USD from Armenia. Citizens of the Eurasian Customs Union (Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia) are exempt from regulations on cash import and export. Exporting art requires permission from the Ministry of Culture and payment of a customs fee (around $10) at the airport.