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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 ...


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There are special rules for it, the official site has a special page for this. Basically as long as you have an invitation or ticket for the event, you get a visa on arrival.


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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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It turns out the information is indeed on the Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, just the link does not stand out well and the page contains at least one other broken link. The countries applying the visa-free regime page has a section II group. For the holders of any kind of passports (Diplomatic, service, (official/special) and ...


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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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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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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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Well, I did the trip today. Here goes: There are indeed minibusses scheduled from Sheki to Balakan at 1010 and 1400. I took the 1010 minibus. This minibus that was supposed to go to Balakan (as told by the clerk at the bus station and agreed to by the driver) actually only went as far sa Zaqatala. Here, I was bundled into another minibus, that did go to ...


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AzAL would probably not classify itself as a low cost airline, but offers very good rates to destinations in the region. http://www.azal.az/ There are several low cost airlines that serve the region. But keep in mind that the South Caucasus is quite a distance away from Europe, if that's where you're coming from. Meaning that the cost of flying there will ...


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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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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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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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Buses are leaving from the Ortachala bus station 4 buses a week 20 Lari from Tbilisi to Baku Source: OnTheStreet For times and confirmation of the service, I would still go over to the bus station. The Lonely Planet page for Tbilisi also mentions buses from Marneuli (30km south of Tbilisi) to Baku.


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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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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'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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Wikitravel's article on Sheki (aka Shaki) seems to make it at least somewhat clear: (Balakan is the border town, about 12km from the crossing with Georgia.) By taxi: A taxi is also a fine, if more expensive, way to get to Georgia, and you should have no trouble finding a taxi, bus, or marshrutka onward from the border at Lagodekhi to Tbilisi. By Minibus (...


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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 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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