Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Azerbaijan
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Republic of Azerbaijan
Address: AZ 1073, Azerbaijan, Baku, 13 Huseyn Javid prospekt
Telephone: +99 412 538 69 71; +99 412 538 69 72
Fax: +99 412 538 09 85
E-mail: [email protected]
Out-of-hours hotline: + 99 450 289 18 14
Working hours: 09:30 - 18:00 h
Consular section of the Embassy
Working hours of the Consular Section: 10.30 - 13.00 (submission of documents)
15.00 - 16.00 (receipt of documents)
ALL appointment and VISA RELATED QUESTIONS should be addressed ONLY to:
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel. 00994 51 225 74 71 (Monday to Friday, from 15.00 to 16.00)
Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Sofia
Address: 6 “Charles Darwin” str., bc “Iztok”, 1113 Sofia
Telephone: +359 2 817 00 70
Fax: +359 2 817 00 77
E-mail: [email protected]
Given the conflict in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region, the MFA recommends that Bulgarian citizens refrain from any visits to Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied areas of Azerbaijan, which represent around 20% of the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The ceasefire along the line of contact is often violated and there are victims as a result of the armed clashes. There is a danger of mines placed near and along the line of contact and the international border between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Persons who have visited the abovementioned territories without the prior authorization of the Azerbaijani authorities are subsequently denied entry to the Republic of Azerbaijan.For the travel warning of the MFA of the Republic of Azerbaijan click here.
According to the Azerbaijani authorities foreign natural and legal persons engaging in or facilitating, directly or indirectly, the economic, commercial and any other activity in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan risk facing criminal proceedings in Azerbaijan
The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Baku cannot provide consular protection to Bulgarian citizens in and around the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Azerbaijani Manat (AZN)
Since 2016, foreign currency can be exchanged in bank offices only. The Republic of Azerbaijan has a well-developed banking system. Visitors should be advised that payments within the country are made in the local currency – manats. Credit/debit cards are widely accepted.
Crime and security
The serious crime rate is low.
It is recommended that available currency is declared upon arrival in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Public transportin Bakuis well-developed. The Embassy advises you to use the subway system in Baku. Violations of traffic rules are a common occurrence and the standard of driving is erratic.
Use of drinking water from the central city network is not recommended.
There are no areas with increased risk of natural disasters on the territory of Azerbaijan, but in case of floods, earthquakes, Bulgarian citizens may contact the Consular section of the Embassy and be provided with relevant assistance.
Travel papers and visas
For holders of ordinary passports
Visas for Azerbaijan are issued in accordance with the established procedures. As from February 1, 2013 the Azerbaijani authorities introduced a new Application Form for Entry-Exit Visas and prolonging the period of the permitted stay in Azerbaijan. You can find it HERE.
Required documents for visa:
- A completed survey;
- Original passport;
- Two photos (passport size);
- Invitation from Azerbaijan;
- Tourists need confirmation from the hotel where they will be accommodated.
Since November 2010, the Azerbaijani authorities have suspended the practice of issuing visas at the “Heydar Aliyev” airport, Baku. Travellers must have applied for and obtained visas for the country from the Azerbaijani Embassy in Sofia. Since January 10, 2017 an e-service application for short-term visas for Azerbaijan /ASAN/ has been implemented. E-Visa applications can be created for an individual, for families (minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 persons) or for groups (minimum of 10 and maximum of 300 persons). The necessary data required for the e-Visa should be entered directly into the system. The fee for the e-Visa is paid electronically via the systemhttps://evisa.gov.az/en/. The e-Visa is sent to the e-mail address of theapplicant.
Achange of the Edict of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning the visa regime of the Republic of Azerbaijanis in effect from April 8, 2011. According to law № 97-IVQD on obtaining tourist visas, applicants must turn to tourist companies, which then electronically, must turn to diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Based on the submitted documents, the diplomatic and consular representations of the Republic of Azerbaijan may issue electronic tourist visas. An electronic visa is not stamped inside the passport, but at the entry check-pointsof the Republic of Azerbaijan. The visa is issued from the date of entry of the tourist in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
For holders of diplomatic passports:
Under the Agreement between the Governments of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Azerbaijan on facilitated visa regime, in force since February 02, 2006, no visas are required for holders of diplomatic and service passports. They can enter, leave, transit or temporarily reside in the country without visas for up to ninety (90) days within 6 (six) months from the date of the first entry.
The Amendments to the Migration Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan from October 17, 2014, state that foreigners and stateless persons temporarily staying in the Republic of Azerbaijan should get registered no later than 15 days after the day of their arrival at the head office of State Migration Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan or in its regional offices.
In cases of lost passports/identity documents, the local police and the Embassy shoud be immediately notified.
Bulgarian identity documents
The Consular Office in Baku acceptsapplications for passports, identity cards, driving licenses and temporary passports.
Certification and Legalisation
The Republics of Bulgaria and the Republic of Azerbaijan have signed a bilateral Treaty on mutual legal assistance under which documents/certificates issued by each of the both countries do not requirefurther legalisation in order to serve before the authorities of the other country.