Trip to Azerbaijan.
Practical information for planning a trip to Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan attracts travelers with Zoroastrian temples, many historical monuments and inimitable color. But before you go for adventure and bright impressions in the Land of Lights, get acquainted with useful tips that can be supplemented by your trip to Azerbaijan.
How to get to Azerbaijan.
The easiest way to get to Azerbaijan is by plane. Direct flights to Azerbaijan are performed by such airlines as Azerbaijan Airlines, Aeroflot, UTair, Siberia (S7 Airlines), QatarAirways, airBaltic, Turkish Airlines, AirAstana and several others. A trip to Azerbaijan by train can only be carried out from Russia and Georgia (Tbilisi), with which Azerbaijan has a railway connection.
Important! The border between Azerbaijan and Armenia is closed. In addition, if you visited Armenia, you can be stopped and interrogated at the border. Any tourist who was in Nagorno-Karabakh will not be allowed to enter Azerbaijan.
Customs regulations.
Import of foreign currency to Azerbaijan is not limited, the amount must be declared. You can take out the same amount that was specified in the declaration at the entrance. Be sure to declare cash, especially amounts exceeding 2 thousand US dollars, so as not to face unnecessary problems when leaving. Photo and video equipment should also be included in the declaration. Be sure to save your customs declaration before leaving the country.
Import and export of local currency for foreign citizens is prohibited. Persons over 16 years of age can import into the country duty-free: up to 1 thousand cigarettes or 1 kg of tobacco products; up to 1.5 liters. strong alcoholic beverages and 2 liters. wine, perfume for personal use, as well as other goods worth 10 thousand US dollars.
It is forbidden to import weapons and ammunition. The exception is hunting weapons, but for him you need to have a special permit. Also, the import of drugs and drugs that contain them is prohibited; fresh vegetables and fruits; animals; as well as photos and printed materials, which can be regarded as directed against the constitutional order of Azerbaijan.
A trip to Azerbaijan, of course, involves the purchase of souvenirs for memory. From the country it is allowed to export officially purchased goods in Azerbaijan, personal items and handicrafts.
Without special permission from the Ministry of Culture, the export of antiques from the country is prohibited: precious stones, coins, manuscripts and other similar art objects. Carpets and any handicraft produced before 1960 are taxed, which can only be avoided if there is a certificate from the Ministry of Culture, which is usually issued at purchase in all official art stores and salons. Remember this before buying such products in the markets or in private stores & ndash; there are usually no such certificates.
Official currency of Azerbaijan & ndash; manat (AZN). It is most preferable to bring euros or US dollars to Azerbaijan.
Exchange of currency in Azerbaijan is possible in banks, hotels and exchange offices. The latter you can easily find everywhere in Baku and many other big cities, as well as in airports and some shops that have their own exchange offices. Most currency exchange offices & ndash; round the clock. In small cities, exchanging currency will be problematic.
Baku banks work from 9.00 or 9.30 to 17.30, but some of them do not close until late at night.
Payment by credit cards is possible only in large supermarkets in Baku, banks and international hotels, they are not used in the province.