Azerbaijan Coronavirus - Travel Advice
Last updated: May 6, 2021
Azerbaijan and Coronavirus
Azerbaijan is currently on a Covid-19 lockdown which is scheduled to remain in place until June 2021. At the time of writing, public transport operates only on weekdays and the Baku metro remains completely closed. However, travel between regions and cities is allowed.
In accordance with Azerbaijan’s coronavirus travel restrictions, hotels, shopping malls, entertainment centers and gyms remain closed, but restaurants, cafes and shopping centers have reopened and are required to adhere to hygiene regulations. It is necessary to wear a mask in public spaces and facilities.
Azerbaijan’s government approved the use of the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac within the country. The vaccination process started in January, and more than one million people have now been vaccinated. The first batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine was delivered to Azerbaijan at the end of April, while the AstraZeneca vaccine began to be administered to people on May 3, beginning with people aged 60 and older.
Covid-19: Azerbaijan Entry Requirements
In order to avoid the further spread of coronavirus, Azerbaijan travel bans continue to be enforced, including the suspension of all e-visas and visas on arrival until further notice. With the exception of cargo and charter flights, entry by both air and land into Azerbaijan has been suspended until June 1st. Currently there are charter flights operating between Baku and Istanbul, Minsk, London, Berlin, Dubai, Frankfurt, Moscow, Kiev, Ankara and Antalya. Until June, entry to Azerbaijan is only permitted for:
- 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.
In order to board a flight to Azerbaijan, it is necessary to present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours before the time of departure. The test results must be printed out. If a traveler has Covid-19 symptoms, he/she will be directed immediately to the medical station at the airport. A 14-day quarantine is mandatory for everyone arriving to Azerbaijan.
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
Until June 1st, everyone arriving to Azerbaijan must stay in self-isolation for 14 days. However, a person may choose to take another PCR test at his/her own expense 6 days after arrival, and if the result is negative, they may end self-isolation at that time.
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.