Visa, category, purpose and types
A visa is an official document granting a legal right to foreigners to enter a foreign country on the basis of a visa requirement regime, remain there for a specified period of time mentioned in the visa and leave the country by crossing border crossing-points in a determined way.
A visa has three categories – diplomatic, service and ordinary.
The Republic of Azerbaijan issues 2 types of visas – entry and transit visas - to foreigners and stateless people.
- Entry visa;
- A single- entry visa allows only one entry-exit to the country within a specified period
- A multiple entry visa is valid for 2 years. This visa type allows a person to enter and exit the country several times within the relevant period.
A period of staying in the country is limited by a validity period of a visa. A visa becomes invalid if it is not used during its validity period.
- A single-entry and a double-entry transit visas are issued to foreigners and stateless persons who pass through the Republic of Azerbaijan to a destination outside Azerbaijan. Validity period of a transit visa is 30 days, while staying period in the country is 5 days. Transit visas are granted on the basis of circumstances of a particular transit itinerary, use of air, water, railway and other types of transport means and for a necessary period of time.
Starting from 10th January 2017, the State Agency on Public Services and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan will begin to process electronic visas through “ASAN Visa” system. E-visa is issued within 3 (three) working days, it will be valid for 30 days with the fee of USD20.
Foreigners and stateless persons can get detailed information about and apply for electronic visas at www.evisa.gov.az .
Electronic visas will be issued only to nationals of countries listed as follow.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Iran (Islamic Republic)
- New Zealand
- Republic of Korea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- Serbia Singapore
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
- The Bahamas
- The Maldives
- The Vatican
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- United States of America
In accordance with article 36 of the Migration Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the following documents are required for visa issuance:
|36.1.1.||Application form approved by an appropriate authority of executive power (a sample is attached);|
|36.1.2.||Passport or other travel document (a validity period of a passport or other travel document should exceed a validity period of an expected visa at least by 3 months) and copies of their main pages;|
|36.1.3.||Two color photographs (3cm x 4cm) matching with biometric identification requirements;|
|36.1.4.||A copy of medical insurance certificate (if a host does not undertake to pay for medical services);|
|36.1.5.||Document certifying payment of a state duty for visa issuance;|
|36.1.6.||Application submitted by a party inviting a foreigner and a stateless person to the Republic of Azerbaijan, a sample of which is approved by an appropriate authority of the executive power, a registered copy of a certificate (for non-governmental organizations), a document proving the purpose of an invitation (these documents are not required for transit, tourism, official and personal travel visas);|
|36.1.7.||Relevant documents set forth in articles 25-34 of this Code, depending on the purpose of travel.|
|36.2.||In addition to the documents set forth in article 36.1 of this Code, a notarized copy of a birth certificate, a permission of parents or a legitimate representative and copies of identification documents are required for issuance of visa to foreigners and stateless persons under 18 holders of a passport travelling without his/her parent or a legitimate representative.|
|36.3.||An amount of a state duty for visa issuance is determined by an appropriate law of the Republic of Azerbaijan. State duty for visa issuance is not reimbursed regardless of the result of processing the application.|