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Last update 11 June 2018Diplomatic missions

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Republic of Armenia

 

Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Yerevan, the Republic of Armenia
Address: 16 Sofia str., Nor Aresh, Yerevan
Telephone: +374 10 458 233
Fax: +374 10 458 233
Out-of-hours hotline: +374 96405210
Office hours: 09.30 - 18.00 h
Consular Section
Tel: +374 10 454 582
Office hours of the Consular section: 10.00 - 13.00 h
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.mfa.bg/embassies/armenia

Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Sofia
Address: 3 “Zagorichane” str., 1111 Sofia
Telephone: +359 2 946 12 72; +359 2 946 12 73
Fax: +359 2 946 12 74
E-mail: [email protected]

General information

general information

Local currency

Armenian dram (AMD)

1 EUR = 500 AMD (rate may vary)

Money can be exchanged in banks and currency exchange offices. Most easily convertible currencies in Armenia are the US Dollar, Euro and Russian ruble. Commodity prices are usually in Armenian drams and, as a legal requirement, payments must be made in Armenian drams. In Yerevan there are many ATMs from which you can draw money using Maestro or Visa cards. It is not possible to draw cash from ATMs of HSBC Bank using international credit or debit cards, but it is possible to withdraw money from branches of this bank using a Maestro Card (but not with Visa). You can use Maestro credit and debit cards to pay in some of the big shops or restaurants in Yerevan.

Crime and security

Crime rate in Armenia, especially violent crime, remains relatively low. However, there are cases of pick pocketing, theft of handbags, cars and burglaries. You are advised not to carry your passport, credit or debit cards, tickets and money together. Make sure you keep them in a safe place.

There are rare cases of shooting, which are mainly related to organized crime. Although tourists and foreigners are not targets of such shootings, there is a risk to become random witnesses to such accidents, therefore we advise you to be careful at all times.

You are advised to be cautious when using ATMs, especially in late hours and when alone. Make sure no one follows you after you finish with the ATM.

Legislation specifics

Armenia is a Christian country, and women usually wear normal European-style clothing. Outside the capital, Yerevan, people are more conservative and inappropriate clothing could attract more than usual attention.

You are advised to bring a copy of your passport with you at any time, so you can be identified by the Armenian authorities if necessary.

Drug use in Armenia is severely punished, including fines and long imprisonment. The penalty for carrying narcotics is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 4 to 10 years.

Homosexuality was de-criminalized in 2003 but is still frowned upon by many Armenian citizens. We encourage homosexual citizens to exercise prudence and caution when visiting Armenia. Although in many places you can see men and women holding hands and kissing, please note that this is common for Armenian culture and is not an indicator of peoples’ sexual orientation.

You are advised to avoid taking pictures of military installations, equipment or other installations under any circumstances. These areas are sensitive for Armenia and travellers may be detained and questioned if they try to capture them.

Road traffic

In Armenia, you can drive if you have an international driving permit. In general, local driving standards are not good. If you plan to drive in Armenia, you should be prepared for car drivers who drive recklessly and ignore traffic rules. Pay particular attention when driving in cities at night. Over the weekend, the number of drink drivers increases. You must be very careful if you drive along the main road between Yerevan and resort areas Sevan and Tsahgkadzor. Police usually stops drivers who drive dangerously, but police presence outside Yerevan is limited. Pedestrians are often careless. Angry outbursts on the road have become a serious problem for Armenian streets and highways. In order to reduce the risk to become the victims of aggression, avoid aggressive drivers.

With the exception of a few main roads, the roads are generally in poor condition, especially during the colder months (November to February). Some roads shown on maps as main roads are not paved and are narrow and some recently made roads are not marked on road maps. Secondary roads are in poor condition and often lack road marking. Truck traffic is heavily congested on the main roads linking Yerevan with Iran and Georgia. Police and emergency medical care can take considerable time to reach some remote areas.

Fuel quality in Armenia ranges from good - at more reliable and durable gas stations, to very poor. We recommend that you do not buy fuel from retailers who sell it directly from trucks or drums.

If you are a pedestrian, you must be especially careful when crossing the road or use the subways.

Public transport is often crowded and poorly maintained. Route lines are more dangerous than other forms of public transport. These vehicles (minibuses) are poorly maintained and often there are cases of accidents with them. If travelling by train, make sure your valuables are safe and do not let the cabin you are travelling in unattended.

Currently, there are no regular direct flights between Bulgaria and Armenia. There are flights from Sofia and Yerevan via Vienna (Austrian Airlines), Kiev (Aerosvit), Moscow (Aeroflot) and Warsaw.

There are regular flights between Yerevan and Istanbul, serviced by the Armenian airline Armavia (it is advisable to check flight schedule in advance).

Healthcare

Medical conditions in Armenia in general are not good, especially outside Yerevan. Treatment is not recommended, except for minor diseases where there is no risk of putting the wrong diagnosis. You are advised to seek medical advice before you travel to Armenia and to make sure that you have made all necessary vaccinations.

Travel papers and visas

Holders of Bulgarian diplomatic passports do not need a visa to enter Armenia.

According to Government decision N 1255-N from October 4, 2012 the Republic of Armenia applied a visa free regime to the citizens of the EU member states, including Bulgaria alongside with Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. This decision entered into force on January 10, 2013 and allows the Bulgarian citizens holders of valid passports to enter and stay in the Republic of Armenia without a visa for a period of no more than 180 days within one year.

Practical advice

The border between Armenia and Azerbaijan is closed. We recommend Bulgarian citizens to avoid travel in this area, unless absolutely necessary, because of the unresolved dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh. This advice applies particularly to the border areas of Tavush and Gegarkunik, for which sporadic skirmishes have been reported. In Tavush region, you are advised to avoid travelling by road between Idzhevan and Noyemberyan, which passes near the border and some military facilities, and roads on the other side of Berd. Also, avoid travelling on the main road between the towns of Kirants, Baird, Baganis/Voskevan. If you travel between Armenia and Georgia, it is more appropriate to travel on roads that go to the west in Armenia, or along the road in the Lori region. The land border with Turkey is also closed, but there are now direct flights from Yerevan to Istanbul. Overall, travel in the South Caucasus can be difficult and requires careful planning.

The Bulgarian Embassy cannot provide you consular assistance if you are located in Nagorno Karabakh.

There is low risk of terrorist attacks. However, it is better to be cautious about possible terrorist acts, especially in public places, including those attended predominantly by expatriates and foreign nationals.

Bulgarian citizens are advised to avoid places where demonstrations could be held. If you need to be in the proximity of rallies or other gatherings of large groups of people, please be very vigilant and cautious at all times.

We advise all Bulgarian citizens to register with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Armenia upon arrival.

You are advised to bring a copy of your passport with you at all times, for identification purposes.

We recommend that you take out travel and medical insurances before travelling to Armenia.

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Certification and Legalisation

Bulgaria and Armenia are parties under the Hague Convention on the abolishment of the requirement for legalization of foreign public documents dated 1961. Thus, the documents/deeds comprised in each of the two countries shall be provided with a seal – “Apostille” of the relevant Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well  as translated and verified under the relevant order, to serve in front of the competent authorities of the other country. 

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