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According to the official e-visa site you can apply for an 'urgent' e-visa for $50 and it will be ready within 3 hours. (The standard e-visa being $23 and ready within 3 days) Israeli citizens can also obtain a normal visa on arrival at the airport in Azerbaijan for $26. The time to collect depends on how many flights have come in, and how many ...


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Wizz Air The only international low-cost airline flying to Schengen Area from Azerbaijan is Wizz Air: Baku - Budapest (each Monday and Thursday) and Budapest - Baku (each Wednesday and Sunday) flights are available to book for as much as 50 - 80 EUR (one-way). From/to Budapest you can travel to/from dozens of destinations in Europe with Wizz Air. As ...


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My wife, native of Tbilisi, suggests that all buses and marshrutkas from Tbilisi to Baku leave from Ortachala. Search around Russian language sites seems to confirm it. (Note: all links below are to Russian language sites.) This site talks about actually buses, not marshrutkas, that go from Ortachala to Baku. This site specifically talks about marshrutkas ...


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In Azerbaijan, how do businesses' hours of operation change over Nowruz? As a local, I can tell that in Azerbaijan, businesses' hours of operation don't change over Nowruz. Although Nowruz is an official public holiday in Azerbaijan (probably the most important one) and 20-24 March are considered non-working days, they are actually only applied to ...


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Knowledge of Azerbaijani (Turkish) or even (Istanbul) Turkish would be extremely helpful in (Azeri) Turkish speaking cities like Tabriz and Ardabil, and I seriously doubt whether they get offended to hear someone speaks in Turkish with them. In southern cities like: Isfahan and Shiraz (some of the main tourist destinations), definitely start with English, ...


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No. There were some cases when people with Armenian roots were not allowed into Azerbaijan even though technically they had 1/8th or even 1/16th of Armenian blood. There were also some documented cases when Armenians just end up in jail visiting Azerbaijan. It's not the same as Armenian visiting Turkey. If you can convince passport control that your ...


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I was in Sheki and Baku, Azerbaijan, for two days over Nowruz this year. In both cities, it seemed pretty much every business I saw was open for at least its normal hours, and public transit seemed to be operating as normal. However, the night train from Sheki to Baku was completely packed; first and second classes had been entirely booked in advance, so ...


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The David Gareja monastery area is very close to the border between Georgia and Azerbaijan, a few hundred meters away. If you went wandering in the hills, it's quite possible that you might enter Azerbaijan. The border is disputed. While the two countries agree on where the official border lays, Georgia contends that this location was artificially imposed ...


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The Caravanistan guide that you cite describes getting from Baku to Alat but it is not too hard to backtrack: from Alat port take a minibus / taxi to the bus stop from there take bus 195 to Baku Looking at google maps, this seems to be the Alat port to me. You are looking for transportation from the port to the bus stop where the 195 will take you to Baku....


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I'd go with English when talking to people in public, because first of all you can never know who is going to understand you if you start speaking Azerbaijani and secondly, it would be of no special advantage to you if people knew you are a neighbor. If you happen to visit a supermarket in Tehran though (I'm not sure about other cities), you can speak ...


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No you don't need a transit visa, provided you have proof of onward travel and remain in Azerbaijan for less than 72h. However, make sure you don't need to transfer terminals at Baku airport, because then you'll need a visa. TWOV (Transit Without Visa): - Holders of onward tickets for a max. transit time of 72 hours. - Stateless persons and refugees ...


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Short version: The David Gareja site straddles the border between Georgia and Azerbaijan. There was an episode in 2012 where the Azerbaijan authorities stopped tourists crossing to their side. The temporary resolution to that episode is still holding. Your images demonstrate that you crossed the border, evidently without issue. The caves in your ...


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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 ...


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Given the designation of the train it is unlikely that Georgian Railway system will give you anything different than the Azerbaijan's Railway booking system so there are no other stops between Rustavi and Tbilisi. As far as Tbilisi-Uzl is concerned it actually is short for "Тбилиси Узловая" (Tbilisi Hub for lack of better translation) which is a name for a ...


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A great resource for this can be found at Visa requirements for Chinese citizens (Wikipedia has a page like this for every country). On this page, you can see that although Chinese citizens do not need a visa for Azerbaijan to visit up to 30 days, a visa is required for all the other countries on your proposed itinerary. Similarly, you can find additional ...


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The airport had a huge renovation in 2013, so things are a bit hectic there. I believe you're flying with AZAL (Azerbaijan Airlines), so you should be in the new fancy terminal. I was there this summer, and there was a shop after passport control (and hence in the transit area, in front of the gates) where you could buy souvenirs.


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I would suggest going back to the source Azerbaijan Railways LTD timetable for local trains: There is a daily train from Baku to Tbilisi daily leaving Baku @20:30 local time. There is also an express train from Ganja to Baku leaving every other day (English version is incorrect) @9:00. I can't find information about the stops of the fast train to Tbilisi. ...


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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 ...


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I'm going to update the above info with costs + time breakdowns. Minibus from Sheki Bus Station to random corner in Balakan. 3.50 Manat. 10:10 AM and 2:00 PM. 2.5 hours. Note: Find the bus to Balakan--it will be clearly marked--get on, and pay the driver at the end. It filled up. Try to get on a little early. Taxi from Balakan to border. Around 3-5 ...


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I ended up using Alean Travel Company. We exchanged a couple of e-mails, payment was done via Western Union (USD 55) and the visa arrived two days before my planned entry by e-mail. They also offered me an airport pick-up for USD 15, which I felt was a reasonable price. All in all, everything went smooth and without a problem.


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As always, Timatic is the definitive source for these sorts of questions. Here's what it says for a US citizen transiting Azerbaijan: Transit - Azerbaijan (AZ) Visa Visa required. TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Passengers with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country within 72 hours. They must stay in the international ...


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If you mean leaving Schengen Area for Azerbaijan or Georgia, then, shortly: If you're a citizen of EU or EFTA, then your passport won't get stamped. If you're not a citizen of EU or EDTA, then your passport will be stamped, because Azerbaijan and Georgia aren't in the Schengen Area. For a longer answer, check Schengen Area section of Wikipedia article ...


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In Azerbaijan, Novruz is officially celebrated between 20th and 24th of March. When public holidays and weekends overlap here (which usually is the case with Novruz, because it lasts for 5 days), the holiday gets extra days. So this year it's celebrated till 26th. The peak orgasmic moment of Novruz is the night between 20th and 21st. Other than that, 4 ...


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STI Azerbaijan, the local representation of the International Student Travel Confederation, also offers e-visas. In my experience, their service is friendly and fast.


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Got it both on the passport and visa sheet (top right Corner)


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This travel agency website has a link to a sample e-visa, which includes no space for entry/exit stamps. In addition, it mentions in the text that one should "make sure that you have free page in your passport". From this information, it can be reasonably inferred that your passport will be stamped upon entry. In addition, this similar site suggests that to ...


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By the latest update, Azal began providing AzalJet as lowcost provider. Even in Azal's website you can see the flight. There are flights both from Baku (capital) and Gabala (city in the middle of Azerbaijan).


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You have to go to the main station and ask around, the prices are very different as there are no actual companies driving. The drivers are individuals who drive families and tourist to the borders. I will ask my friends in tbilisi to find out the estimate price but meanwhile I did my research and found this gem website. http://www.costtotravel.com/how-to-...


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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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Each country has 3 mobile operators and all of them offer mobile internet (though not all offer 4G). They also all operate on the same frequency meaning you can use the same phone everywhere (make sure your phone is operator unlocked though !) According to their respective Wikipedia pages, coverage seems to be quite good: 98% of populated territory (2010) ...


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