Applying for a Visa to Azerbaijan

Applying for a Visa to visit Azerbaijan

The Flame Towers and Old Town

The Flame Towers and Old Town

My very random decision to visit Azerbaijan resulted in me having to obtain a Visa to enter the country, and here’s the steps I took in obtaining that Visa…..it was fairly simple to do…..

First of all, there are four types of Visa applications you can make, listed below with their explanations, but I’m only going to concentrate on the Visa that I required; the Tourist (Ordinary) Visa.

1. Tourist (Ordinary) Visa – Issued to a foreign citizen who comes to Azerbaijan for tourist purposes.

2. Business Visa – Issued to a foreign citizen who comes to Azerbaijan to conduct business meetings, attend conferences, trade fares and expeditions, also to participate in exchanges in the fields of science, technology, education, culture and sports.

3. Family Member (Business) Visa – Issued to family members of a foreign citizen working in Azerbaijan on a business visa.

4. Private Visa – Issued to a foreign citizen who comes to Azerbaijan to visit friends or family and is invited by Azerbaijani citizen.

Old Town

Old Town

Applying for The Tourist Visa – the one you need for vacation purposes 

To apply for a Visa to Azerbaijan, you must first go onto the Azerbaijan Visa Site online HERE and register.  Once registered, you can start filling in the online form with all your personal details and it also gives you details of all the paperwork that is required to complete your application.  You are given a registration number so that you can go in and out of the online application as and when you like.  It doesn’t need to be completed in one go.

At this point you must also decide whether you are going to take the Visa Application in person to the Visa Office or send it by post, as the form also asks this.  You have to submit your passport with the application, so I decided that I was going to take mine personally to the office in London which was easy for me to do, plus I didn’t want my passport going missing in the post!  If you’re sending it by post, then send it recorded delivery so you have tracking details.

Once you’ve done the online form, print it off. You then need one passport sized photograph that you stick (with glue!) onto the application form in a box at the top.

Inside a Metro Station, Baku

Inside a Metro Station, Baku

Now, the Azerbaijanis are fairly strict and need to know where you are going to be staying, so they also need a Letter of Invitation (same as if you were applying for a Russian visa).  This sounds fairly difficult to obtain but it’s very easy.  All you do is ask the hotel or place of accommodation where you are booked to stay (send them an email) and they will send you one.

The payment is the last thing you need and this is very costly!  For an Ordinary Tourist Visa it costs £76 plus £24 service fee, making a grand total of £100!  The express service is even more…£76 plus £86.40 which totals £162.40!

So, these are the 5 things you need to complete your application:

1.  Application Form (done online)

2.  One Passport Sized Photograph (stuck to the printed off form)

3.  Valid Original Passport

4.  Letter of Invitation (sent from where you will be staying in AZB)

5.  Payment (either £100 or £176.40)

If you’re not a citizen of UK, Ireland, Iceland or Denmark, then you will need two additional bills with your address on, detailed below.

  • Recent utility bill
  • Recent bank statement
  • Recent credit card statement
  • Mobile phone bill / contract
  • Letter from the NHS

Once I had all my paperwork in order, I then made the trip to the Visa office which is in North London.  It’s a tiny little office on the Finchley Road and opens between 9am and 12 noon for personal applications.  When you pass over your paperwork, they check it all there and then to make sure there are no errors.  If it’s ok, you pay your payment and they give you a receipt and a date to pick up your Visa.  It takes around two weeks for it to be completed or if you need it quicker, then you pay the express fee and get it within 6 days.  I opted for the ordinary service but there was an Azerbaijani holiday between when I dropped it off and when I wanted it, so it took me 3 weeks instead of the usual 2 weeks.  And here’s my newly acquired Visa stuck in my passport….

Visa

Address of Azerbaijan Visa Office in London:

Nearest tube station: Swiss Cottage ( Jubilee Line)
And: Finchley Road ( Metropolitan and Jubilee Line)
Bus routes: 13, 82, 113, 268, C11, 46, 268, 603 (College Crescent Stop)

Office Address:

Azerbaijan Visa Centre
19 New College Parade
Finchley Road
London NW3

Located next to BP petrol station

Office Hours:

Mon – Fri, 9am – 12 noon
(except Azerbaijani and UK public holidays)

The Centre is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Author: Debbie

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