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Reconsider travel to Azerbaijan due to terrorism concerns. Exercise increased caution due to COVID-19. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for Azerbaijan due to COVID-19, indicating a moderate level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Azerbaijan. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.
Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Azerbaijan.
Country Summary: Azerbaijan has a longstanding risk presented by terrorist groups, who continue plotting possible attacks in Azerbaijan. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas.
Do not travel to:
The Nagorno-Karabakh region and surrounding territories due to recent hostilities.
Casualties continue to occur following intensive fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that occurred in the fall 2020. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in and around Nagorno-Karabakh as access is restricted. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
Exercise caution on roads near Azerbaijan’s border with Armenia. Be aware that some portions of the road may cross international boundaries without notice. Roads may be controlled by checkpoints or closed to travelers without notice.
Read the Azerbaijan country information page.
If you decide to travel to Azerbaijan:
Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.
Intercountry adoptions between the United States and Azerbaijan are possible; however, they remain very rare. Few children in Azerbaijan are eligible for adoption and priority is placed on domestic adoption.
Please see our section on Adoptions from the United States for more information on the process for adopting a child from the United States. We urge prospective adoptive parents residing abroad who are considering adoption of a child from the United States to consult with Azerbaijan’s Central Authority, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs, for its determination as to whether it considers your adoption to be subject to the Convention.
Azerbaijan is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the Convention; the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); the IAA’s implementing regulations; and all applicable legislation and regulations of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan is not considered a country of origin for intercountry adoption at this time. While adoption is legally possible, children from Azerbaijan are not generally placed for intercountry adoption. Only two children from Azerbaijan have received a U.S. immigrant visa based on an intercountry adoption in the past five fiscal years. The information provided is intended primarily to assist in extremely rare adoption cases from Azerbaijan, including adoptions of children from Azerbaijan by relatives in the United States, as well as adoptions from third countries by U.S. citizens living in Azerbaijan.
Below is the limited adoption information the Department has obtained from the Central Authority of Azerbaijan. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Azerbaijan should contact the Central Authority of Azerbaijan to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Azerbaijan who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Azerbaijan’s Central Authority. See contact information below.
Caution: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia issues immigrant visas for Azerbaijan nationals.
The consular officer will send a letter (referred to as an “Article 5/17 Letter”) to Azerbaijan’s Central Authority in any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen adoptive parents and a child from Azerbaijan if all Convention requirements are met and the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Azerbaijan’s Central Authority that the parents are suitable and eligible to adopt, that the child appears eligible to enter and reside permanently in the United States and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.
Warning: Do not attempt to adopt a child in Azerbaijan before USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your adoption case.
Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Azerbaijan, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.
Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.
Azerbaijan’s Central Authority:
Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan
85 Salatin Asgarova Street, Baku, Azerbaijan AZ1009
Tel: +994 (12) 596 5034
Fax: +994 (12) 496 5033
Call Center: +994 (12) 142
Contact Information: https://www.sosial.gov.az/en/contacts
U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan
111 Azadliq Avenue, Baku Azerbaijan
Tel: +994 (12) 488-3300
Fax: +994 (12) 488-3320
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC)
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1- 913-275-5480 (local); Fax:1-913-214-5808
For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
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