I know that there are certain pairs of countries (which do not get along with each other) where a traveller will not be permitted into one country if they have a stamp in their passport from a visit to the other country.

Considering the history of Armenia and Azerbaijan I'm wondering if these two are such a pair of countries? I was in Armenia last year and I'm considering visiting Azerbaijan this year while I'm in Georgia.

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According to this blog, you should try to avoid visit both countries with the same passport. If you get two passports (Israel and USA, for example), try to get into one country by one of them, and to other with other passport (as author of the blog did).

The main problem is possible visiting of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. It is a crime in Azerbaijan (illegal border crossing), so even if you were in the NKR, don't say a word about that. They can't prove anything without your words. Be careful and good luck.

  • Hmm I only have one passport but I was also thinking of entering NKR since I believe it's a good route from Tbilisi to Kuwait... Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 18:17
  • Well, as I know, you wouldn't have any stamp there, but be careful during your trip
    – VMAtm
    Commented Jun 23, 2011 at 18:19
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    Some countries will allow their citizens to be issued two passports so that they can visit countries which are in a conflict with one another. So your visa and stamps from NKR can be in one and you enter Azerbaijan with the other.
    – SIMEL
    Commented Dec 2, 2013 at 8:23
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    blog url is broken. Commented Mar 4, 2014 at 11:40
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    Here's the whole blog at archive.org.
    – simbabque
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 14:01

Here's some first hand experience (I visited the region a few weeks ago). Visiting Armenia is not a problem for Azerbaijan, nor is it the other way around. What is a problem, is having a visa for Nagorno-Karabakh (NKR) in your passport when you want to visit Azerbaijan. Indeed, at best, you will not be let in to Azerbaijan.

It is said that NKR has no problem issuing the NKR visa on a separate piece of paper, so that you can visit Azerbaijan afterwards, but I can not confirm that.

  • Yes I've heard exactly the same actually. Commented Jun 26, 2012 at 5:32
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    I can confirm both parts of the response. The first part from my own experience, as I visited both countries in March 2012 on the same passport. For the NKR visa given on a piece of paper, a friend of mind visited it and that's what happened. But you better make sure and ask them to give it on a seperate paper before they glue it in! :)
    – rozwal
    Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 6:31
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    Yet another confirmation! I am a Turkish student in Dilijan, Armenia and my Austrian colleague who had a residence card in Armenia managed to travel to and fro Baku. Commented May 28, 2017 at 14:30

Actually visiting Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is a crime in Azerbaijan, but you won't get in any kind of problem in Armenia because of visiting Azerbaijan.

I visited Armenia with a friend who had an Azerbaijani visa in his passport and in Armenia they asked a couple of questions regarding his visit from Azerbaijan in front of us, then they let him go (I'm an Armenian from Iran and my friend is Iranian.)

  • Do you have any references for this?
    – JoErNanO
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 11:10

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