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I bought a ticket with Aeroflot from Copenhagen -> Baku (Azerbaijan), and returning from Yerevan (Armenia) to Copenhagen. My plan was to backpack Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia.

I have overlooked the visa requirements. It seems getting a visa for Azerbaijan is laborious to say the least. I will not tour Azerbaijan after all.

My new plan: I will just buy a ticket from Baku -> Tbilisi (Georgia) ($120) and tour Georgia and Armenia only.

Am I right in thinking I won't need any visa?

Normally on flights with a connection my luggage is checked through to the end destination, so I don't have to 'arrive' at the intermediate airport, I just go through to the relevant gate. But in this case I will be taking a separate flight, and need to exit to arrivals in order to check in to my flight.

Does anyone have experience of Baku/Azerbaijan, or this scenario at any airport?

If I need a transit visa, should I get on in advance, or expect to get one at the airport if I have an onward ticket?

I have a UK passport.

  • Can you tell us how was your trip? Was there any problems in Yerevan having Azerbaijani seal in your passport? – gdrt Nov 29 '15 at 14:12
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    I went to Morocco instead. No visa problems. I heard the problem was just in Azerbaijan having a stamp from the breakaway Armenian territory. – S.. Nov 29 '15 at 15:37
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If you were on a single booking and didn't need to pass through immigration, you could transit without a visa. Timatic tells us that transit without visa is possible if you remain airside.

Since you are on separate tickets and will need to pass through passport control to collect your luggage and change flights, you will need a transit visa. In theory you can obtain one online from a travel agent, though the website the embassy recommended doesn't even have an option for transit visas. You might be able to apply for an e-visa directly, rather than through a travel agent.

  • I think it might be possible to transfer without luggage while staying airside. Just register for the flight online. – alamar Jul 13 '18 at 8:39
  • @alamar Yes, that's possible in most (non-US) airports. – Michael Hampton Jul 13 '18 at 16:45
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Tourist e-visas for Azerbaijan are now available and cost 24 USD and are ready within 5 business days. There is a short turnaround visa process available also, which costs 75 USD.

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