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Azerbaijan
Republic of Azerbaijan
Last Updated: October 2, 2017
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Embassy Messages

Baku

 

Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Six months 

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page per stamp 

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

Travelers may bring in any amount of foreign currency as long as they declare it upon arrival. 

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

Travelers may depart Azerbaijan with up to $10,000 USD in cash. Travelers may depart with up to $50,000 USD or equivalent provided that they declared the cash amount in writing upon arrival. For more information on currency operations, please visit the official website of the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Baku

111 Azadliq Prospecti
AZ1007 Baku, Azerbaijan
Telephone: +(994) (12) 488-3300
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(994) (12) 488-3300
Fax: +(994) (12) 488-3695

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Azerbaijan for information on U.S.–Azerbaijan relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

You need a passport and a visa to enter Azerbaijan. Acquire a visa that covers the dates of your trip before you go. Visit the Embassy of Azerbaijan’s website for the most current visa information.

  • Electronic visas (E-Visas) are available through the “ASAN Visa” system. This system can be accessed online at https://evisa.gov.az/en/
  • An E-Visa is typically issued within 3 (three) working days of the online application, and is valid for 30 days. The E-Visa fee is $20 USD paid electronically via the system. Once approved, the E-Visa is sent to the applicant via email. Travelers must print this information and present it to border security officials on arrival in Azerbaijan.
  • You must register with the State Migration Service (SMS) within ten calendar days of arrival if your intended period of stay is more than ten days. Visit the State Migration Service website for the most current registration information.
  • Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to, and foreign residents of, Azerbaijan. Medical tests are required for those applying for temporary or permanent residence permits and must be performed at designated clinics in Azerbaijan.  
  • Residency applications by people with health issues, including HIV/AIDS, are reviewed by the State Migration Service and approved on a case-by-case basis. Please verify this information with the Embassy of Azerbaijan before you travel.
  • Law enforcement officials have at times detained individuals from Armenia or with Armenian surnames for questioning or denied them entry into the country. 
  • Find information on dual nationality,  prevention of international child abduction,  and customs information on our websites. 
  • Please be aware that traveling to the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding territories via Armenia could make you ineligible to travel to Azerbaijan in the future.
  • Engaging in commercial activities inside Nagorno-Karabakhcan make it difficult to conduct business inside Azerbaijan or with the Government of Azerbaijan. For more information on commercial activities in Nagorno-Karabakh, please visit the Country Commercial Guide.

For immunization information, please visit the Traveler’s Health page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

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Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

Avoid demonstrations and riots, which police have previously suppressed with force.

  • The U.S. Government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • Casualties continue to occur in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Avoid traveling near the line of contact between the conflicting parties. Despite the declaration of a cessation in hostilities, intermittent gunfire and use of heavy weapons and land mines continues. Land mines seriously injure several people each year. 
  • U.S. citizens of Armenian descent may encounter anti-Armenian sentiments in Azerbaijan.
  • Exercise caution in the region of Nardaran, located 45 km from Baku on the Absheron Peninsula.  Nardaran is culturally conservative and has been the site of several anti-United States and anti-Israel protests. It has also been the subject of government raids, which have sometimes resulted in violence.

Crime: Crime is relatively low. The majority of reported crimes involve burglaryassault, or petty crime such as pickpocketing.

  • Be careful in areas that attract large crowds or are very isolated. Criminals have targeted foreigners walking alone, late at night, or under the influence of alcohol.
  • Some women have reported incidents of unwanted male attention while walking alone and taking taxis. Sexual assault may be underreported due to cultural stigma.
  • Financial scams are increasingly common. While the majority involves internet dating, there are reports of scams related to fraudulent real estate deals, licensing requirements, and travel advertisements.
  • There are reports of increased credit and bank card fraud, such as credit card skimming.  

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 102and contact the U.S. Embassy at (+994 12) 488 3300. Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance. Local resources for victims of domestic violence include shelters, medical assistance, and legal aid. Victims may contact the State Committee for Family, Women, and Children Affairs by telephone at +994 12 498 00 92 or office@scfwca.gov.az for assistance.

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Your U.S. passport will not prevent you from being arrested or prosecuted.

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notifications: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

  • There are often delays in consular notification.
  • You can be legally detained in jail for up to three months during an investigation. 
  • It is illegal to take photographs of military installations and equipment. Police may stop you even if you take photographs of non-military sites, like oil fields, buildings, and public squares. Cooperate with the police.

Special Circumstances: Azerbaijan has mandatory military service for male citizens ages 18 to 35. If Azerbaijan considers you a citizen, you could face fines or arrest if you have not completed your military service. Dual citizens may renounce their Azerbaijani citizenship at any Azerbaijani Embassy or Consulate.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals are not specifically protected by antidiscrimination laws. Societal intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity remain a problem in Azerbaijan. It is not illegal to organize LGBT events, but societal intolerance generally prevents LGBT events. LGBTI individuals have reported that employers sometimes find other reasons to fire LGBTI employees due to their sexual orientation. One of the main concerns for the local LGBTI community is the perceived failure of law enforcement agencies to act on violations of LGBTI individuals’ rights and indifference to investigating crimes committed against the LGBTI community in Azerbaijan. The Department of State’s most recent Human Rights Report documents incidents of police brutality against individuals based on sexual orientation and noted that authorities did not investigate or punish those responsible.  

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section six of the Human Rights Report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States.

  • No laws require access to public or other buildings, information, or communications for persons with disabilities. 
  • Accessibility for those with disabilities is very limited throughout the country, including stores, sidewalks, road crossings, most tourist spots, and public transportation. 
  • Many older buildings, including buildings visited by tourists, do not have elevators or facilities to accommodate handicap access.
  • Other than in major international hotels in Baku, there are few handicap-accessible toilets.

Students: See our students abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.

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Health

International SOS operates one medical clinic in Baku that provides adequate 24-hour care for minor medical problems and limited emergencies. We do not advise undergoing surgery in Azerbaijan unless it is for a life-and-death emergency. Bring adequate amounts of prescription medicine in its original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription for the duration of your visit, as pharmacies often do not carry all brands or doses.

  • We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare is not valid overseas.
  • Tuberculosis is prevalent.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

Vaccinations: Be up to date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: The information below is provided for general reference only.

  • The number of fatalities from traffic accidents is highand continues to rise each year. Driving in Baku is dangerous.
  • Reckless driving is very common. Many drivers do not pay attention to traffic regulations, signals, lane markings, pedestrians, or other drivers. Drivers often travel at extremely high speeds, and accidents are frequent and often serious
  • Older sections of the roadway system are poorly constructed and poorly lit. Many rural roads are largely unpaved. Driving hazards, such as open manholes, debris, and potholes are common in Baku.
  • Unfinished road sections may be extremely dangerous due to lack of proper construction and hazard signage. 
  • Watch out for pedestrians. Pedestrians routinely disregard vehicles, crosswalks, signs and signals, and in general act carelessly.

Traffic Laws: Routine traffic stops are common. If you are driving, keep all required documents with you, including passport or local registration documents, driver’s license, vehicle registration documents, and proof of insurance.

Public Transportation:

  • The Baku metro system is an inexpensive option for transportation. Security cameras provide excellent coverage of all metro platforms throughout the system. There are police units at each metro station, and bag checks may be carried out at the entrance to each station.
  • Because safety and licensing standards do not match those found in the United States, U.S. Embassy personnel are discouraged from using public buses.
  • For safety, we recommend using only marked taxis if you chose to take one.
  • Public transportation throughout the rest of the country remains overcrowded and poorly-maintained

See the Azerbaijani Ministry of Transport and our road safety page for more information. 

Visit the website of Azerbaijan’s Tourism Information Center.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Azerbaijan’s State Civil Aviation Administration as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Azerbaijan should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci.  Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https:homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal select “broadcast warnings”. The State Maritime Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan can be accessed at http://www.ardda.gov.az/en

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Baku

111 Azadliq Prospecti
AZ1007 Baku, Azerbaijan
Telephone: +(994) (12) 488-3300
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(994) (12) 488-3300
Fax: +(994) (12) 488-3695

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
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Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Azerbaijan is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Azerbaijan.

Below is the adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption 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).

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Azerbaijan and the website of the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan for information on consular services.

WARNING: 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 letter”) to Azerbaijan’s Central Authority for any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Azerbaijan where all Convention requirements are met and the consular officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Azerbaijan’s Central Authority that the parents are eligible and suited to adopt, that all indications are that the child may enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Azerbaijan before a U.S. consular officer issues the Article 5 letter in any 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.

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Contact Information

Azerbaijan’s Adoption Authority
State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs

AZ 1000, Baku, Azerbaijan
40 U. Hajibeyov Str.
Government House, Gate IV
Tel:  +994 (12) 493-70-39
Fax:  +994 (12) 493 58 72
Email:  office@scfwca.gov.az 
Internet:  scfwca.gov.az

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 24 Months A
A-2 None Multiple 24 Months A
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 12 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Two 12 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 12 Months 
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None One 3 Months
E-2C 12 None One 3 Months
F-1 None Multiple 12 Months
F-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None One 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 12 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 12 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 None Multiple 12 Months
M-2 None Multiple 12 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 12 Months
R-2 None Multiple 12 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 None One 6 Months
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Visas should be issued to bearers of diplomatic passports and members of official delegations within 48 hours. For temporary personnel and diplomatic couriers - one year, multiple entries.

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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Visa Category Footnotes
  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Civil documents, except as noted below, are available in the Azerbaijani Republic. Certified copies of available documents may be exported. The person to whom the record pertains must obtain a certified copy of the document at a local notary office, and have the notary's seal and signature authenticated at the Ministry of Justice. The official's signature and seal of the Ministry of Justice is authenticated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The American Embassy in Baku can authenticate the seal and signature of the officials of the MFA, if that is desired. In the United States, documents can be requested through the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, D.C. The process, however, often takes several months. In the event civil records were destroyed and are not available, local authorities generally will issue a certificate to that effect, however, the process may take months. A replacement statement of identity is also available from local authorities when the birth certificate is unavailable. The Embassy in Baku cannot assist in obtaining civil documents or verify the accuracy of civil records in the Azerbaijani Republic.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

Available. Authenticated and certified copies of these documents may be obtained by Azerbaijani citizens by applying to the Bureau of Acts of Civil Status (ZAGS) of the locality having custody of the record. See the "General" section for exporting available civil documents.

Death/Burial

Available. Authenticated and certified copies of these documents may be obtained by Azerbaijani citizens by applying to the Bureau of Acts of Civil Status (ZAGS) of the locality having custody of the record. See the "General" section for exporting available civil documents.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage

Available. Authenticated and certified copies of these documents may be obtained by Azerbaijani citizens by applying to the Bureau of Acts of Civil Status (ZAGS) of the locality having custody of the record. See the "General" section for exporting available civil documents.

Divorce

Available. Authenticated and certified copies of these documents may be obtained by Azerbaijani citizens by applying to the Bureau of Acts of Civil Status (ZAGS) of the locality having custody of the record. See the "General" section for exporting available civil documents.

Adoption Certificates

Available. Authenticated and certified copies of these documents may be obtained by Azerbaijani citizens by applying to the Bureau of Acts of Civil Status (ZAGS) of the locality having custody of the record. See the "General" section for exporting available civil documents.

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Identity Card

In lieu of Internal Soviet passports, Azeri citizens are able to receive national ID cards at district police precincts. The machine-readable laminated photo ID card contains the following information in Azeri: ID card number, last name, first name, father's name, place and date of birth, marital status, military status, blood group, color of eyes, height, sex, home address, place of issue, signature of the official, signature of the citizen, issue date, and seal.

Residents of Azerbaijan without citizenship may have a residence permit (vid na zhitelstvo lits bez grazhdanstva).

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available, except for Armenians who previously resided in Azerbaijan (see below). The Information Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, located at 7 Husi Hajiyev Street, Baku, maintains a centralized database of police records.

Individuals residing in Azerbaijan may apply for a police certificate in person upon direct application to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Application along with a copy of the passport can be submitted to the Ministry every day from 9:00am to 18:00pm. The processing time for an application is approximately 15-20 days. There is no fee.

Individuals living outside Azerbaijan can apply for a police certificate either through a relative or friend living in Azerbaijan with a completed Azerbaijani Power of Attorney, or by submitting a request at any embassy or consulate of Azerbaijan who will then forward the request.

Azeri citizens residing abroad may apply for a police certificate at the Azeri Embassy in the country of their residence by filling out the application form and submitting the copy of the passport, or they may sign a power of attorney for a relative to apply in person on their behalf. However, because of ongoing tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia, police and prison records are generally not available for Armenians who live outside Azerbaijan.

Court Records

Unavailable.

Prison Records

Available, except for Armenians who previously resided in Azerbaijan (see below). The Information Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, located at 7 Husi Hajiyev Street, Baku, maintains a centralized database of police records.

Individuals residing in Azerbaijan may apply for a police certificate in person upon direct application to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Application along with a copy of the passport can be submitted to the Ministry every day from 9:00am to 18:00pm. The processing time for an application is approximately 15-20 days. There is no fee.

Individuals living outside Azerbaijan can apply for a police certificate either through a relative or friend living in Azerbaijan with a completed Azerbaijani Power of Attorney, or by submitting a request at any embassy or consulate of Azerbaijan who will then forward the request.

Azeri citizens residing abroad may apply for a police certificate at the Azeri Embassy in the country of their residence by filling out the application form and submitting the copy of the passport, or they may sign a power of attorney for a relative to apply in person on their behalf. However, because of ongoing tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia, police and prison records are generally not available for Armenians who live outside Azerbaijan.

Military Records

Available. Records of military service in the Armed Forces can be obtained at the local "voenkomat." This record is "Voenniy Bilet" (Military Service Book), which includes information on place and length of service, military rank of the person, and all military awards or charges. Participation in all military actions will be included in the record.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Available. There are three types of Azerbaijani travel passports: (1) diplomatic - red cover, (2) official - blue cover, (3) regular - green cover. The first two types are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The third is issued by the Office for Visas and Registration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan - "OVIR". There are several OVIR offices in Azerbaijan: in Baku, Ganja, Lankaran and Nakchivan. Exit permits are no longer required. All passports permit the bearers to re-enter Azerbaijan without a specific entry visa. Persons emigrating from Azerbaijan retain their Azerbaijani citizenship and bear regular passports.

Other Records

Not applicable.

 

Visa Issuing Posts

Baku, Azerbaijan (Embassy)

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AZ1007 Baku, Azerbaijan

Tbilisi, Georgia (Embassy)

Visa Services

Baku services the whole territory of the Azerbaijani Republic, including the Naxcivan Autonomous Republic. Due to continuing hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, consular services are not available to American citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh.

IV applications for nationals of Azerbaijan are processed by the U.S Embassy in Tbilisi.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 337-5912 (202) 337-5913

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Baku
111 Azadliq Prospecti
AZ1007 Baku, Azerbaijan
Telephone
+(994) (12) 488-3300
Emergency
+(994) (12) 488-3300
Fax
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Additional Information for Reciprocity

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Country Information

Azerbaijan
Republic of Azerbaijan
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Quick Facts
PASSPORT VALIDITY:

Six months 

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

One page per stamp 

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

Yes

VACCINATIONS:

None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

Travelers may bring in any amount of foreign currency as long as they declare it upon arrival. 

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

Travelers may depart Azerbaijan with up to $10,000 USD in cash. Travelers may depart with up to $50,000 USD or equivalent provided that they declared the cash amount in writing upon arrival. For more information on currency operations, please visit the official website of the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Baku

111 Azadliq Prospecti
AZ1007 Baku, Azerbaijan
Telephone: +(994) (12) 488-3300
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(994) (12) 488-3300
Fax: +(994) (12) 488-3695

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Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Azerbaijan for information on U.S.–Azerbaijan relations.

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

You need a passport and a visa to enter Azerbaijan. Acquire a visa that covers the dates of your trip before you go. Visit the Embassy of Azerbaijan’s website for the most current visa information.

  • Electronic visas (E-Visas) are available through the “ASAN Visa” system. This system can be accessed online at https://evisa.gov.az/en/
  • An E-Visa is typically issued within 3 (three) working days of the online application, and is valid for 30 days. The E-Visa fee is $20 USD paid electronically via the system. Once approved, the E-Visa is sent to the applicant via email. Travelers must print this information and present it to border security officials on arrival in Azerbaijan.
  • You must register with the State Migration Service (SMS) within ten calendar days of arrival if your intended period of stay is more than ten days. Visit the State Migration Service website for the most current registration information.
  • Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors to, and foreign residents of, Azerbaijan. Medical tests are required for those applying for temporary or permanent residence permits and must be performed at designated clinics in Azerbaijan.  
  • Residency applications by people with health issues, including HIV/AIDS, are reviewed by the State Migration Service and approved on a case-by-case basis. Please verify this information with the Embassy of Azerbaijan before you travel.
  • Law enforcement officials have at times detained individuals from Armenia or with Armenian surnames for questioning or denied them entry into the country. 
  • Find information on dual nationality,  prevention of international child abduction,  and customs information on our websites. 
  • Please be aware that traveling to the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding territories via Armenia could make you ineligible to travel to Azerbaijan in the future.
  • Engaging in commercial activities inside Nagorno-Karabakhcan make it difficult to conduct business inside Azerbaijan or with the Government of Azerbaijan. For more information on commercial activities in Nagorno-Karabakh, please visit the Country Commercial Guide.

For immunization information, please visit the Traveler’s Health page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

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Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

Avoid demonstrations and riots, which police have previously suppressed with force.

  • The U.S. Government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh.
  • Casualties continue to occur in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Avoid traveling near the line of contact between the conflicting parties. Despite the declaration of a cessation in hostilities, intermittent gunfire and use of heavy weapons and land mines continues. Land mines seriously injure several people each year. 
  • U.S. citizens of Armenian descent may encounter anti-Armenian sentiments in Azerbaijan.
  • Exercise caution in the region of Nardaran, located 45 km from Baku on the Absheron Peninsula.  Nardaran is culturally conservative and has been the site of several anti-United States and anti-Israel protests. It has also been the subject of government raids, which have sometimes resulted in violence.

Crime: Crime is relatively low. The majority of reported crimes involve burglaryassault, or petty crime such as pickpocketing.

  • Be careful in areas that attract large crowds or are very isolated. Criminals have targeted foreigners walking alone, late at night, or under the influence of alcohol.
  • Some women have reported incidents of unwanted male attention while walking alone and taking taxis. Sexual assault may be underreported due to cultural stigma.
  • Financial scams are increasingly common. While the majority involves internet dating, there are reports of scams related to fraudulent real estate deals, licensing requirements, and travel advertisements.
  • There are reports of increased credit and bank card fraud, such as credit card skimming.  

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 102and contact the U.S. Embassy at (+994 12) 488 3300. Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance. Local resources for victims of domestic violence include shelters, medical assistance, and legal aid. Victims may contact the State Committee for Family, Women, and Children Affairs by telephone at +994 12 498 00 92 or office@scfwca.gov.az for assistance.

For further information:

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Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Your U.S. passport will not prevent you from being arrested or prosecuted.

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notifications: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

  • There are often delays in consular notification.
  • You can be legally detained in jail for up to three months during an investigation. 
  • It is illegal to take photographs of military installations and equipment. Police may stop you even if you take photographs of non-military sites, like oil fields, buildings, and public squares. Cooperate with the police.

Special Circumstances: Azerbaijan has mandatory military service for male citizens ages 18 to 35. If Azerbaijan considers you a citizen, you could face fines or arrest if you have not completed your military service. Dual citizens may renounce their Azerbaijani citizenship at any Azerbaijani Embassy or Consulate.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

LGBTI Travelers: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals are not specifically protected by antidiscrimination laws. Societal intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity remain a problem in Azerbaijan. It is not illegal to organize LGBT events, but societal intolerance generally prevents LGBT events. LGBTI individuals have reported that employers sometimes find other reasons to fire LGBTI employees due to their sexual orientation. One of the main concerns for the local LGBTI community is the perceived failure of law enforcement agencies to act on violations of LGBTI individuals’ rights and indifference to investigating crimes committed against the LGBTI community in Azerbaijan. The Department of State’s most recent Human Rights Report documents incidents of police brutality against individuals based on sexual orientation and noted that authorities did not investigate or punish those responsible.  

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section six of the Human Rights Report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from in the United States.

  • No laws require access to public or other buildings, information, or communications for persons with disabilities. 
  • Accessibility for those with disabilities is very limited throughout the country, including stores, sidewalks, road crossings, most tourist spots, and public transportation. 
  • Many older buildings, including buildings visited by tourists, do not have elevators or facilities to accommodate handicap access.
  • Other than in major international hotels in Baku, there are few handicap-accessible toilets.

Students: See our students abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.

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Health

International SOS operates one medical clinic in Baku that provides adequate 24-hour care for minor medical problems and limited emergencies. We do not advise undergoing surgery in Azerbaijan unless it is for a life-and-death emergency. Bring adequate amounts of prescription medicine in its original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription for the duration of your visit, as pharmacies often do not carry all brands or doses.

  • We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare is not valid overseas.
  • Tuberculosis is prevalent.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

Vaccinations: Be up to date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

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Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: The information below is provided for general reference only.

  • The number of fatalities from traffic accidents is highand continues to rise each year. Driving in Baku is dangerous.
  • Reckless driving is very common. Many drivers do not pay attention to traffic regulations, signals, lane markings, pedestrians, or other drivers. Drivers often travel at extremely high speeds, and accidents are frequent and often serious
  • Older sections of the roadway system are poorly constructed and poorly lit. Many rural roads are largely unpaved. Driving hazards, such as open manholes, debris, and potholes are common in Baku.
  • Unfinished road sections may be extremely dangerous due to lack of proper construction and hazard signage. 
  • Watch out for pedestrians. Pedestrians routinely disregard vehicles, crosswalks, signs and signals, and in general act carelessly.

Traffic Laws: Routine traffic stops are common. If you are driving, keep all required documents with you, including passport or local registration documents, driver’s license, vehicle registration documents, and proof of insurance.

Public Transportation:

  • The Baku metro system is an inexpensive option for transportation. Security cameras provide excellent coverage of all metro platforms throughout the system. There are police units at each metro station, and bag checks may be carried out at the entrance to each station.
  • Because safety and licensing standards do not match those found in the United States, U.S. Embassy personnel are discouraged from using public buses.
  • For safety, we recommend using only marked taxis if you chose to take one.
  • Public transportation throughout the rest of the country remains overcrowded and poorly-maintained

See the Azerbaijani Ministry of Transport and our road safety page for more information. 

Visit the website of Azerbaijan’s Tourism Information Center.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Azerbaijan’s State Civil Aviation Administration as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Azerbaijan should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci.  Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https:homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal select “broadcast warnings”. The State Maritime Administration of the Republic of Azerbaijan can be accessed at http://www.ardda.gov.az/en

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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Baku

111 Azadliq Prospecti
AZ1007 Baku, Azerbaijan
Telephone: +(994) (12) 488-3300
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(994) (12) 488-3300
Fax: +(994) (12) 488-3695

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Exercising Custody Rights

While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located.  For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent.  Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:

  • Endanger your child and others;
  • Prejudice any future judicial efforts; and
  • Could result in your arrest and imprisonment.

The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.

To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.  

For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney. 

Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.

For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.

Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction. 

 

Hague Convention Participation
Hague Adoption Convention Country?
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Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible?
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
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Hague Convention Information

Azerbaijan is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Azerbaijan.

Below is the adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption 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).

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Azerbaijan and the website of the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan for information on consular services.

WARNING: 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 letter”) to Azerbaijan’s Central Authority for any intercountry adoption involving U.S. citizen parents and a child from Azerbaijan where all Convention requirements are met and the consular officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. This letter will inform Azerbaijan’s Central Authority that the parents are eligible and suited to adopt, that all indications are that the child may enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed.

Do not attempt to adopt or obtain custody of a child in Azerbaijan before a U.S. consular officer issues the Article 5 letter in any 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.

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Contact Information

Azerbaijan’s Adoption Authority
State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs

AZ 1000, Baku, Azerbaijan
40 U. Hajibeyov Str.
Government House, Gate IV
Tel:  +994 (12) 493-70-39
Fax:  +994 (12) 493 58 72
Email:  office@scfwca.gov.az 
Internet:  scfwca.gov.az

Reciprocity Schedule

Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.

Explanation of Terms

Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.

Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).

Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.

Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.

Visa Classifications
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 24 Months A
A-2 None Multiple 24 Months A
A-3 1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1 None Multiple 12 Months
B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1 None Multiple 12 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 12 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Two 12 Months
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 12 Months 
E-1 2 No Treaty N/A N/A
E-2 2 None One 3 Months
E-2C 12 None One 3 Months
F-1 None Multiple 12 Months
F-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-1 None Multiple 12 Months
G-2 None Multiple 12 Months
G-3 None Multiple 12 Months
G-4 None Multiple 12 Months
G-5 1 None One 12 Months
H-1B None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-2A None N/A N/A3
H-2B None N/A N/A3
H-2R None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
I None Multiple 12 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 12 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 12 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 12 Months
L-2 None Multiple 12 Months
M-1 None Multiple 12 Months
M-2 None Multiple 12 Months
N-8 None Multiple 12 Months
N-9 None Multiple 12 Months
NATO 1-7 N/A N/A N/A
O-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 12 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 12 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 12 Months
R-2 None Multiple 12 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 None One 6 Months
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8
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Country Specific Footnotes

Visas should be issued to bearers of diplomatic passports and members of official delegations within 48 hours. For temporary personnel and diplomatic couriers - one year, multiple entries.

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

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  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Civil documents, except as noted below, are available in the Azerbaijani Republic. Certified copies of available documents may be exported. The person to whom the record pertains must obtain a certified copy of the document at a local notary office, and have the notary's seal and signature authenticated at the Ministry of Justice. The official's signature and seal of the Ministry of Justice is authenticated at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The American Embassy in Baku can authenticate the seal and signature of the officials of the MFA, if that is desired. In the United States, documents can be requested through the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Washington, D.C. The process, however, often takes several months. In the event civil records were destroyed and are not available, local authorities generally will issue a certificate to that effect, however, the process may take months. A replacement statement of identity is also available from local authorities when the birth certificate is unavailable. The Embassy in Baku cannot assist in obtaining civil documents or verify the accuracy of civil records in the Azerbaijani Republic.

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth

Available. Authenticated and certified copies of these documents may be obtained by Azerbaijani citizens by applying to the Bureau of Acts of Civil Status (ZAGS) of the locality having custody of the record. See the "General" section for exporting available civil documents.

Death/Burial

Available. Authenticated and certified copies of these documents may be obtained by Azerbaijani citizens by applying to the Bureau of Acts of Civil Status (ZAGS) of the locality having custody of the record. See the "General" section for exporting available civil documents.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage

Available. Authenticated and certified copies of these documents may be obtained by Azerbaijani citizens by applying to the Bureau of Acts of Civil Status (ZAGS) of the locality having custody of the record. See the "General" section for exporting available civil documents.

Divorce

Available. Authenticated and certified copies of these documents may be obtained by Azerbaijani citizens by applying to the Bureau of Acts of Civil Status (ZAGS) of the locality having custody of the record. See the "General" section for exporting available civil documents.

Adoption Certificates

Available. Authenticated and certified copies of these documents may be obtained by Azerbaijani citizens by applying to the Bureau of Acts of Civil Status (ZAGS) of the locality having custody of the record. See the "General" section for exporting available civil documents.

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Identity Card

In lieu of Internal Soviet passports, Azeri citizens are able to receive national ID cards at district police precincts. The machine-readable laminated photo ID card contains the following information in Azeri: ID card number, last name, first name, father's name, place and date of birth, marital status, military status, blood group, color of eyes, height, sex, home address, place of issue, signature of the official, signature of the citizen, issue date, and seal.

Residents of Azerbaijan without citizenship may have a residence permit (vid na zhitelstvo lits bez grazhdanstva).

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available, except for Armenians who previously resided in Azerbaijan (see below). The Information Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, located at 7 Husi Hajiyev Street, Baku, maintains a centralized database of police records.

Individuals residing in Azerbaijan may apply for a police certificate in person upon direct application to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Application along with a copy of the passport can be submitted to the Ministry every day from 9:00am to 18:00pm. The processing time for an application is approximately 15-20 days. There is no fee.

Individuals living outside Azerbaijan can apply for a police certificate either through a relative or friend living in Azerbaijan with a completed Azerbaijani Power of Attorney, or by submitting a request at any embassy or consulate of Azerbaijan who will then forward the request.

Azeri citizens residing abroad may apply for a police certificate at the Azeri Embassy in the country of their residence by filling out the application form and submitting the copy of the passport, or they may sign a power of attorney for a relative to apply in person on their behalf. However, because of ongoing tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia, police and prison records are generally not available for Armenians who live outside Azerbaijan.

Court Records

Unavailable.

Prison Records

Available, except for Armenians who previously resided in Azerbaijan (see below). The Information Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, located at 7 Husi Hajiyev Street, Baku, maintains a centralized database of police records.

Individuals residing in Azerbaijan may apply for a police certificate in person upon direct application to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Application along with a copy of the passport can be submitted to the Ministry every day from 9:00am to 18:00pm. The processing time for an application is approximately 15-20 days. There is no fee.

Individuals living outside Azerbaijan can apply for a police certificate either through a relative or friend living in Azerbaijan with a completed Azerbaijani Power of Attorney, or by submitting a request at any embassy or consulate of Azerbaijan who will then forward the request.

Azeri citizens residing abroad may apply for a police certificate at the Azeri Embassy in the country of their residence by filling out the application form and submitting the copy of the passport, or they may sign a power of attorney for a relative to apply in person on their behalf. However, because of ongoing tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia, police and prison records are generally not available for Armenians who live outside Azerbaijan.

Military Records

Available. Records of military service in the Armed Forces can be obtained at the local "voenkomat." This record is "Voenniy Bilet" (Military Service Book), which includes information on place and length of service, military rank of the person, and all military awards or charges. Participation in all military actions will be included in the record.

Passports & Other Travel Documents

Available. There are three types of Azerbaijani travel passports: (1) diplomatic - red cover, (2) official - blue cover, (3) regular - green cover. The first two types are issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The third is issued by the Office for Visas and Registration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan - "OVIR". There are several OVIR offices in Azerbaijan: in Baku, Ganja, Lankaran and Nakchivan. Exit permits are no longer required. All passports permit the bearers to re-enter Azerbaijan without a specific entry visa. Persons emigrating from Azerbaijan retain their Azerbaijani citizenship and bear regular passports.

Other Records

Not applicable.

 

Visa Issuing Posts

Baku, Azerbaijan (Embassy)

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Tbilisi, Georgia (Embassy)

Visa Services

Baku services the whole territory of the Azerbaijani Republic, including the Naxcivan Autonomous Republic. Due to continuing hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, consular services are not available to American citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh.

IV applications for nationals of Azerbaijan are processed by the U.S Embassy in Tbilisi.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information

Washington, DC (202) 337-5912 (202) 337-5913

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Baku
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AZ1007 Baku, Azerbaijan
Telephone
+(994) (12) 488-3300
Emergency
+(994) (12) 488-3300
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