Exercise normal precautions in Armenia. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Do not travel to:
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Armenia:
Casualties continue to occur in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Intermittent gunfire and occasional use of artillery systems, including land mines and mortars, result in deaths and injuries each year. Avoid roads near the ‘line of contact’ and roads near the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Nagorno-Karabakh as U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling there.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Armenia for more information on U.S.-Armenia relations.
You need a valid passport to enter Armenia. U.S. citizens are allowed visa-free entry to Armenia for up to 180 days per year. For visits of longer than 180 days, you must apply for a residency permit through the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Visit the Embassy of Armenia’s website for the most current visa information.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Armenia.
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.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Area and Conflict
Crime: Crime is relatively low, and violent crime is sporadic. Vehicle break-ins and theft are the most common crimes. Police indicate that there is a criminal group in Yerevan that targets foreigners and burglarizes rented apartments when the victims are away. When police are called they routinely show up.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes and all requests for emergency services by dialing 911 where English speaking operators are available. Also contact the U.S. Embassy at (+374) 10-464-700 to report your situation.
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance. Local resources for victims of domestic violence include shelters, medical assistance, and legal aid. Victims of domestic violence may contact the Women’s Rights Center at + (374) 10-542-828 or (0800) 80-850, 24 hours a day. Other resources include the Women’s Support Center at + (374) 099-887-808, and the Light House shelter at + (374) 93-327-834; + (374) 43-500-503 or “20-80”, preferably during business hours because of lack of fluent English speakers. In case of sexual violence, victims may contact the Women’s Resource Center at + (374) 077-991-280 and (0800) 01-280, from 9:00 AM to midnight.
For further information:
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate them, even unknowingly, you may be arrested or imprisoned.
Please review the State Department’s page on Arrests or Detention of U.S Citizens Abroad. In addition, many people accused of crimes are held in local prisons in pre-trial detention for between two and twelve months without the possibility of posting bail while waiting for a court hearing.
Possession, trafficking, or the uses of drugs, including marijuana, are illegal. A prescription for medical marijuana may not protect you from prosecution. If you are arrested for a drug offense, you could face detention during the investigation and a prison sentence after conviction. There have been recent cases where electronic cigarettes and related paraphernalia have been perceived as drug related. In these cases, arrestees often have been held without bail until forensic tests clear them.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Dual nationals: Armenian legislation permits Armenian citizens to hold dual citizenship. Even if you naturalized in the United States, the Government of Armenia may still consider you an Armenian citizen. Children born in the United States to two Armenian citizens are also considered Armenian citizens. Please read the Armenian Law on Citizenship.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no antidiscrimination laws protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals in Armenia. There are no hate crime laws or other criminal judicial mechanisms to aid in the prosecution of crimes against members of the LGBTI community. Because of commonly-held negative stereotypes, LGBTI individuals face the potential of discrimination and harassment by state and private actors. The Department of State’s 2016 Human Rights Report documents that both politicians and the media engaged in “hate speech” toward members of the LGBTI community in Armenia, and that members of the LGBTI community experienced physical violence, threats of violence, blackmail, and harassment. Police were unresponsive to reports of abuses against the LGBTI community and at times, themselves mistreated LGBTI persons.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Although Armenia signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007, Armenian authorities have yet to enforce it. Facilities with accommodations for individuals with disabilities are nonexistent.
Women Travelers: Informal taxis or mini-buses pose particular threats to people unfamiliar with local conditions, especially to women traveling alone. Find out from reliable sources, such as local authorities or tourism officials, what is and is not safe. See our travel tips for women travelers.
Outside major cities, medical facilities in Armenia are limited. Medical emergency services at Armenian airports are not on par with U.S. airports. The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of English-speaking doctors. Elderly travelers and those with existing health problems may be at risk from inadequate medical facilities.
We have received reports of cases of brucellosis from unpasteurized dairy products.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Most prescription medications are available, but quality varies. Armenian customs officials have sometimes confiscated medication from travelers upon arrival.
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:
Road Conditions and Safety: The information below is provided for general reference only. Road conditions in Armenia differ significantly from those in the United States. Exercise caution when driving in Armenia. Reckless driving is common. Drivers frequently ignore traffic laws.
Public Transportation: Public transportation, while inexpensive, may be unreliable and uncomfortable. Sexual assaults have often been reported on public transportation. Minibuses are dangerous, overcrowded, poorly maintained, lack seatbelts, and are frequently involved in accidents. Traveling by local unregistered taxis without meters can also prove difficult if a price is not agreed to ahead of time.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Armenia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Armenia’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
For information concerning travel to Armenia, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Armenia.
The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.
Armenia acceded to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) on June 1, 2007, however, the United States and Armenia are not yet treaty partners. Until Armenia and the United States establish a treaty relationship per Article 38 of the Convention, parents whose children have been abducted from the United States to Armenia or wrongfully retained in Armenia are unable to invoke the Hague Abduction Convention to pursue their children’s return or to seek access to them.
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. The government of Armenia maintains information about custody, visitation, and family law on the internet here. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Armenia and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Armenia and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues provides assistance in cases of international parental child abduction. For U.S. citizen parents whose children have been wrongfully removed to or retained in countries that are not U.S. partners under the Hague Abduction Convention, the Office of Children’s Issues can provide information and resources about country-specific options for pursuing the return of or access to an abducted child. The Office of Children’s Issues may also coordinate with appropriate foreign and U.S. government authorities about the welfare of abducted U.S. citizen children. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance.
U.S. Department of State
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Parental child abduction is a crime in Armenia. In Armenia, one of the parents may leave with a child without asking the permission of the other. However, it can be considered “wrongful” if such action interferes with the normal exercise of parental rights of the other parent arising from a judicial or administrative decision having legal effect under Armenian law.
Parents may wish to consult with an attorney in the United States and in Armenia to learn more about how filing criminal charges may impact a custody case in the foreign court. Please see Possible Solutions - Pressing Criminal Charges for more information.
Legal systems and laws pertaining to custody, divorce, and parental abduction vary widely from country to country. Parents are encouraged to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Armenia and who can provide accurate legal guidance that is specific to their circumstances.
The Office of Children’s Issues may be able to assist parents seeking access to children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States. Parents who are seeking access to children who were not wrongfully removed from or retained outside the United States should contact the appropriate U.S. Embassy in Armenia for information and possible assistance. Contact information for the American Citizens Services unit is (374-10) 49-46-86, fax number (374-10) 46-47-37; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neither the Office of Children’s Issues nor consular officials at the U.S. Embassy in Armenia are authorized to provide legal advice.
The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia, posts a list of attorneys,including those who specialize in family law.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.
We are unaware of any Mediation services available in Armenia at this time.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Civil documents, except as noted below, are available in Armenia. Certified copies of available documents may be exported. Certified copies of original documents can be obtained at a local notary office upon presenting the original documents. The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the apostille of certified copies.
Note: Except as indicated, each of the documents mentioned below is available only to the individual concerned or to his/her duly empowered agent. A local legal representative may obtain the document on behalf of the individual concerned on the latter’s written power of attorney.
Available. All the above-mentioned certificates are issued by the Ministry of Justice’s Civic Status Registration Department (also known as ZAGS) having jurisdiction over the locality where the individual resides. There is one exception: In Yerevan, death certificates may be obtained at the Civic Status Registration Department at the “Public Special Service” CJSC (also known as the funeral bureau) of the Municipality of Yerevan located at 18 Arshakunyats Avenue, Yerevan, Armenia. It is also possible to get duplicates of these certificates.
Available. All the above-mentioned certificates are issued by the Ministry of Justice’s Civic Status Registration Department (also known as ZAGS) having jurisdiction over the locality where the individual resides. It is also possible to get duplicates of these certificates.
See "Passports & Other Travel Documents."
Available. Requests for Armenian police records should be submitted to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia (RA MFA):
The certificate is generally available with five working days and fees are dependent on the delivery requirements. Details about documentary requirements, fees, delivery options, and the online application form are available at the MFA’s website: http://www.mfa.am/en/clearance/.
Applicants residing outside of Armenia can make their requests through Armenian embassies or Consulates General (listed here: http://www.mfa.am/en/by-countries/) or online (http://www.mfa.am/en/clearance/) The process normally takes five working days plus shipping time.
Available. Court records, usually a certified copy of a judgment of the court, can be obtained from the court where the decision was made.
Under Armenian law, prior criminal records may be expunged under several different sets of circumstances after a certain period of time has passed since the end of the sentence; in the case of suspended sentences, after the expiry of the probation period after parole; in the case of a sentence other than imprisonment, one year; in the case of a not grave or medium-gravity crime, after three years; in the case of a grave crime, five years; in the case of a particularly grave crime, eight years. Thus, if a person committed, for instance, a grave crime and more than five years have passed since the completion of her/his sentence, the MFA’s police certificate will not show a record regarding this crime.
Available. All male citizens of Armenia, aged 16 to 18 are issued a military registration card. The military registration cards of persons aged 18 to 27 who have not yet served in the Army contain information on the legal basis of their deferment of military service.
All male citizens of Armenia, except as noted above, over age 20 should have a military booklet, (a military service document, also known as voyenni billet in Russian) which contains information on the terms of service and/or discharge. After turning 27, persons holding registration cards with legal deferment stamps will also be issued a military booklet.
There are four types of documents that allow individuals to reside in Armenia:
All Armenian citizens 16 and older are issued a regular passport by the passport agency of their local police department. This passport is for internal and, if an exit permit stamp is obtained, external use and is valid for five years. Holders of Armenian passports can apply at any time to renew, change, or extend his/her passport or exit permit stamp, regardless of passport condition or validity period. Armenian citizens must submit their old passports to the passport agency for verification before receiving a new passport. Armenian diplomatic passports are valid for five years and cannot be extended.
Armenian citizens under the age of 16 are issued passports to travel abroad. These passports are valid for three years. Armenian citizens under the age of 16 need to have only one parent’s (or other legal representative’s) consent to apply for a passport.
Residence permits for aliens are available in three types:
Available. Change of Name certificates are issued by the Ministry of Justice’s Civic Status Registration Department (also known as ZAGS) having jurisdiction over the locality where the individual resides. It is also possible to get duplicates of these certificates.
Persons 18 years old and over can apply to the appropriate Civic Status Registration Department for a Change of Name certificate. Applicants can change their first, last and father’s name. Persons 16 to 18 years of age need their parents’ consent.
Address: 1st American avenue, Yerevan 0082
Phone Number: +37410464700
Processing all types of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas. Yerevan is one of the four Iranian-designated posts processing every type of IV and NIV visas.