azerbaijan tourist visa

Azerbaijan Tourist Visa - Definitive Guide

Apart from the continuously burning fire by the Caspian Sea, Yanar Dağ, you get to explore a much more on an Azerbaijan tourist visa. Add to your list the famous Caucasus Mountains, Medieval walls in the capital city of Baku, Palace of Shrivanshahs dated back to the 15th century and how to forget the majestic Maiden Tower that dominates the city skyline.

What is Azerbaijan Tourist Visa?

Azerbaijan Tourist Visa

Since there are several enthusiastic travellers all over the world willing to explore Azerbaijan and its magnificence, a tourist visa to Azerbaijan is issued allowing them to visit the country. There are several activities one can do on this permit. The holder is allowed to tour the country and carry out other leisure activities like sightseeing and visiting museums, enjoying the beaches and others. The validity of the permit is 90 days, permitting a stay of 30 days per visit.

How to Get a Tourist Visa to Azerbaijan?

Before applying for an Azerbaijan tourist visa, you first need to know if you are eligible for the application or not. The procedure for obtaining this permit is online and it can be issued through the E-visa portal of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The step by step process is as follows:

  • Online procedure
  1. Visit the E-visa portal of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  2. You can immediately start your application.
  3. Fill out the required information in the application form.
  4. Attach your photograph and required documents.
  5. Submit the application form.
  6. Pay the required visa fee online.
  • Offline procedure
  1. You can start by downloading the application form.
  2. Fill out the form thoroughly and sign it.
  3. Attach a recent photograph as per the specifications.
  4. Collect the required supporting documents.
  5. Submit the application form and the copies of the documents.
  6. Pay the required visa fee.

There are a few things that you need to note at the time of issuing a tourist visa to Azerbaijan. The information that you are providing must be correct and should same as the details in your travel documents. If any information is found to be incorrect or unverifiable, your visa may get rejected. A visa rejection can affect your future applications for any kind of permit to Azerbaijan or any other country. Therefore, it is better to consult the specialists during the process.


For the issuance of a tourist visa to Azerbaijan, it is essential that you match the eligibility criteria. The parameters that decide whether you can apply for the permit are listed as follows: 

  • You must have proof of confirmed visit
      • Pre-bookings of the round trip must be done.
      • You must visit for tourism only and not searching for or taking up any kind of employment.
  • You must meet the health requirements
      • You must be healthy enough to travel to Azerbaijan.
      • You must perform a medical test before travelling to the country and provide relevant documentary proof.
  • You must meet the character requirements
      • You must be of good character and have genuine intentions behind working in Azerbaijan.
      • You need to provide a relevant documentary proof for the same as well (if asked) in the form of a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC).
  • You must have sufficient funds
    • You must possess or have access to sufficient funds to be able to cover your stay and other expenses in Azerbaijan.
    • Bank statement or any equivalent document is to be submitted as well as proof of the same.

Documents Required

The list of document requirements to get an Azerbaijan tourist visa for Indian passport holders is not as long compared to other countries. The basic requirements for this permit are listed as follows:

  • E-visa requirements
      • Passport valid for at least 3 months ahead of the date of travel.
      • Recent Photograph.
      • Confirmed flight tickets.
      • Additional documents if asked - hotel/hostel reservation, etc.
  • Stamp visa requirements
    • Passport valid for at least 3 months ahead of the date of travel.
    • Duly signed visa application form.
    • Recent Photograph.
    • Cover Letter.
    • Confirmed flight tickets.
    • Proof of purpose of visit - exhibition pass, invitation letter, etc.
    • Proof of sufficient funds - bank statement, etc.

Photo Specifications

  • One copy must be provided
  • Photo size: 30 mm x 40 mm.
  • Coloured copy must be provided.
  • The face must cover about 70-80% of the frame.
  • Head should well-centred.
  • A gap of 2mm to 6mm must be kept between the top of the head and the frame.
  • The picture must not be older than 6 months.
  • The background must be white
  • Neutral expressions
  • Glasses are not permitted.
  • Headgears are not allowed except for religious reasons.
  • Clothing shouldn’t match the background.

Processing Time for Azerbaijan Tourist Visa

The processing time required for the issuance of the tourist visa to Azerbaijan is 3 working days for online visa and about 10 to 15 days for offline permit, extending upto 90 days at times. The time may still vary depending on certain factors like the workload at the embassy office, the staff availability, whether the documents are complete or the rest of the documents are yet to be submitted and others. The time increases and decreases affected by these parameters.

Azerbaijan Tourist Visa Fee for Indian

The fee to get a tourist visa to Azerbaijan is to be paid online at the time of submission of the application form. It can be paid by using Visa, Mastercard and UnionPay. The Azerbaijan tourist visa fee for Indian travellers is estimated based on certain factors. These include - the type of permit, service charges to cover the international operations, number of entries required and others.

Entry Stay Duration Validity Fees
Single entry Normal 30 days 3 months 1932.0
Single entry Urgent 30 days 3 months 4200.0

After Submission

There are a few things that you, as an applicant, need to keep in mind at the time of submission and after the submission -

  • After you have paid the fee, your application will process and you will be granted your tourist visa for Azerbaijan within three working days. 
  • The required documents must be attached as their scanned copies. 
  • The content of the documents must be clearly visible and readable by the authorities. 
  • If there are any kind of changes to be made in the form or if there is a change of status or birth of a child, the officials must be informed immediately. 
  • If there is a change of plans and you need to withdraw the application, you must do the same within the processing time.
  • The visa fee is non-refundable.

How to Check Visa Status

Since a tourist visa to Azerbaijan follows an online procedure, it can be tracked online. If you have applied through a visa application center or a professional agency, you can visit their website for visa tracking. Else, you can even do a visa status check online on the Republic of Azerbaijan Official E-visa portal.

When you have this Visa

After the completion of the process, you will receive you tourist visa to Azerbaijan on your registered email. There are a few things that you need to note when you finally have the visa with you -

  • Before you travel
      • Make a note of the visa expiry date, as well as the number of entries permitted. You must not stay in the country beyond this period.
      • You should travel to Azerbaijan within the validity of your visa.
      • Make sure to carry a copy of your passport and other travel documents while you are in the country.
      • Issue health insurance and travel Insurance from a certified company.
  • At the Border
      • Get your documents checked and your passport verified by the Border Officers.
      • Consult the airport authorities for any kind of assistance required.
      • Check your visa copy for other guidelines and rules to be followed.
  • When you enter Azerbaijan
    • If you are planning to stay in the country for more than 10 days, you need to get yourself registered.
    • You can register through the hotel/hostel you are staying in, or do it yourself at the Migration Service Centre.
    • Save the Registration Slip until the date of your departure. 
    • You need to note that if you do not have your Registration Slip at the time of departure, you are eligible for a fine of up to $220 and a possible ban for 2 years.
    • Ensure not to get involved in any kind of employment. You can, however, do volunteer work.
    • The tourist prohibited areas must be stayed out of.
    • Make sure you don’t overstay and apply for a visa extension in time if required.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Extend My Azerbaijan Tourist Visa?

Before going ahead with the application for an extension, you need to have a legitimate reason to do so. You can apply for an extension while in Azerbaijan as well as when you have already returned home. If you are in Azerbaijan at the time, you can apply to the Registration and Assistance on Migration Issues Office in Balakan. Apply for an extension before the expiry of your existing permit as it takes about 4 days for the processing and about 30 AZN. If you are already back home, you can apply for an extension online or issue another visa.



After Expiring My Azerbaijan Tourist Visa How Long Can I Stay?

After the expiration of your permit, you are not allowed to stay in the country any longer. If you have humanitarian reasons to stay back in Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade may grant you an extension. However, if you were not able to leave the country post-expiration of your visa, you may have to face charges and could be banned from re-entering in certain cases. If you have to stay, you can extend your visa with reliable causes within the timeline.



What is the medical test for Azerbaijan Tourist Visa?

A medical test is a health examination performed by an authorized doctor to ensure that the applicant does not possess any kind of contagious diseases. These do not just include HIV/AIDS, but also other contagious diseases that can spread. However, this medical test is not necessarily required for a tourist visa. These are mandated mainly for the long term visas.



Can I Convert My Azerbaijan Tourist Visa into Work Visa?

No, you are not allowed to convert one type of visa to another and hence, you cannot convert your tourist visa into a work permit. You may be allowed to do any kind of volunteer work in the country as a tourist, but for paid employment, you will have to issue a work permit separately.



How much bank balance required to get Azerbaijan Tourist Visa?

The bank balance required is not specifically mentioned by the concerned authorities. However, the balance needs to be enough to cover your expenses and health requirements when in Azerbaijan.



How many months before the trip should I apply for an Azerbaijan Tourist Visa?


The processing of a tourist visa to Azerbaijan takes about 3 working days. Therefore, it is suggested that you apply at least a week before the intended travel date to get the permit issued in time.




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