Azerbaijan Travel Restrictions - Covid-19
Last updated: January 14, 2022
Azerbaijan and Coronavirus
Quarantine in Azerbaijan has been extended until March 1, 2022. Currently only adults with a COVID passport are allowed to enter indoor public facilities. (This electronic document is issued to people who have received a full dose of the coronavirus vaccine or who have been infected in the past six months.) Citizens and owners of establishments who violate these rules will be subject to heavy fines.
Masks are no longer required outdoors but must still be worn indoors and in enclosed markets. Large retail facilities and malls are permitted to function if at least 30% of employees are vaccinated against coronavirus. At least 80 percent of employees of all government, medical, pharmaceutical and educational institutions are required to be fully vaccinated.
SinoVac, Pfizer, Sputnik V and AstraZeneca are all available in Azerbaijan, although only persons over 60 years of age can be vaccinated with AstraZeneca. As of December 2021 more than 4.5 million people in Azerbaijan, or slightly less than half of the country’s population of ten million, had been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Covid-19: Azerbaijan Travel Restrictions
Currently there are regular charter flights operating between Baku and Istanbul, Minsk, London, Berlin, Dubai, Frankfurt, Moscow, Kiev, Ankara, Antalya and other cities.
Citizens of the following countries and foreign nationals who live in these countries (including stateless persons) can travel to Azerbaijan:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- El Salvador
- Great Britain
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
These individuals can only enter Azerbaijan by air. In order to do so, they must submit the following:
- A COVID passport as proof of complete vaccination against, or recovery from, COVID-19 (required only from passengers 18 years of age and older);
- A negative PCR test issued no more than 72 hours before the flight (required from all passengers aged 1 and older).
No COVID-related documents are required for infants under 1 year of age.
Passengers who do not meet the stated requirements will not be allowed to enter the country and, if not denied boarding before the flight takes off, will be returned by the same flight upon arrival.
From all countries not listed above, only the following individuals are allowed to enter Azerbaijan:
- Residents of Azerbaijan;
- Foreign citizens who hold a work permit in Azerbaijan;
- Employees and family members of foreign embassies and consulates accredited in Azerbaijan;
- Foreign citizens with a parent, spouse or child who is a citizen of Azerbaijan;
- Foreign citizens with a temporary or permanent residence permit in Azerbaijan.
Passengers over 18 years of age must present a COVID passport (official certificate confirming full vaccination), an official certificate of recovery from COVID-19 or a certificate stating a medical reason why they are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, all passengers must have a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure. The COVID passport, certificate of immunity or certificate of contraindication to the COVID-19 vaccine must be issued by the state and have electronic verification. These documents must be presented during check-in at the airport.
For children 1 to 18 years of age, a negative PCR test issued not more than 72 hours before the flight’s departure time is required. No COVID documents are required for children under 1 year of age.
Passengers whose certificate has a QR code will pass through border control faster, since this code allows quick access to all PCR test results. Passengers who have a negative PCR test result without a QR code will undergo a more thorough check which will require additional time. The test results must be printed out.
Passengers who do not meet the stated requirements will not be allowed to enter the country.
If a traveler has Covid-19 symptoms, he/she will be directed immediately to the medical station at the airport.
In accordance with Azerbaijan’s Covid-19 travel restrictions, wearing a face mask is mandatory at both the airport and for the entire duration of the flight.
Azerbaijan Quarantine Rules
There is no longer a requirement for arrivals to Azerbaijan to self-isolate.
Please bear in mind that restrictions may be enforced on very short notice, so anyone with travel plans to the region is encouraged to remain up to date on the latest Azerbaijan travel advice and to monitor the situation closely.