Practical information for planning your trip to Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan attracts travelers with its Zoroastrian temples, numerous historical monuments and of course, its uniqueness. But before heading to the Country of Fire for adventures and impressions, make sure you familiarize yourself with useful Azerbaijan travel tips.
How to get to Azerbaijan
The easiest way to get to Azerbaijan is by plane. Direct flights to Azerbaijan are carried out by such companies as Azerbaijan Airlines, Aeroflot, UTair, S7 Airlines, Qatar Airways, airBaltic, Turkish Airlines, Air Astana and others. Regarding traveling by train, Azerbaijan has direct railway connections with Russia and Georgia (Tbilisi) only.
NOTE: Border between Azerbaijan and Armenia is closed. Besides, if you have visited Armenia, you have to consider before your travel to Azerbaijan, that you may be stopped and questioned on the border. Any tourist who has visited Nagorny Karabakh will not be allowed to enter the country.
Import of foreign currency to Azerbaijan is not limited, the amount should be declared. It is allowed to export the same amount that was shown in the declaration form at the entry. Please make sure you declare cash, especially the amount that exceeds 2000 USD in order to avoid problems upon departure. Photo and video technology should also be declared. It is important to keep your customs declaration form until your departure from the country.
Import and export of goods
Import and export of local currency for foreign citizens is prohibited. For individuals of the age 16 and over, it is allowed to duty-free import: up to 1 000 cigarettes or 1 kg tobacco products; 1,5l of alcoholic beverages and 2l of wine, perfumery for personal hygiene, and other goods of total value of 10 000 USD.
It is prohibited to import weapons and weaponry. Exception can be made for hunting rifles, but it should have a special permission. It is also prohibited to import narcotic substances and preparations containing drugs; fresh vegetables and fruits; animals; photos and printed materials that may be assessed as against the constitutional structure of Azerbaijan.
Souvenirs and personal items
You are allowed to export officially purchased goods, personal items and hand-made products from Azerbaijan.
It is prohibited to export antiquaries without the special permission of Ministry of Culture: precious stones, coins, manuscripts and other similar pieces of art. Carpets and handicrafts made before 1960 are taxed, unless you have a certificate from the Ministry of Culture, which is usually provided in many official art-shops and studios. Remember this before purchasing any items in markets or private shops – they do not usually provide these certificates.
Official currency of Azerbaijan is manat (AZN). It is preferable to take USD or Euro to Azerbaijan.
Banks and exchange offices
It is possible to exchange foreign currency in banks, hotels and exchange offices in Azerbaijan. The latter is easily found both in Baku and many other big cities, as well as in the airports and some shops that have currency exchange points. Most of the exchange offices work 24hours. It may be harder to exchange foreign currency in smaller cities.
Banks in Baku work from 09.00 or 09.30 to 17.30, though some of them are open till late evening.
Payment by credit card is possible only in big supermarkets of Baku, banks and international hotels; they are not in use in provincial cities.