US State Dept Travel Advisory
The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Azerbaijan due to terrorism concerns and areas of armed conflict. Some areas have increased risk. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.
US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp and or visa that will be required. A visa is required. US citizens will need to get in touch with the country’s embassy or nearest consulate to obtain a visa prior to visiting the country.
 (12) 488-3300; US Embassy in Baku, 111 Azadlig Avenue, AZ1007 Baku Azerbaijan; https://az.usembassy.gov/; BakuACS@state.gov
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) travelers can face unique challenges when traveling abroad. Laws and attitudes in some countries may affect safety and ease of travel. Legal protections vary from country to country. Many countries do not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Approximately seventy countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.
Local Emergency Phone
Ambulance: 03; Fire: 01; Police: 02
See WHO recommendations
Dry, semiarid steppe
220 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): C, F
Azerbaijani, Russian, Armenian
Muslim 96.9% (predominantly Shia), Christian 3%
UTC+4 (9 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
Opt for bottled water
International Driving Permit
Road Driving Side
Baku (includes Icheri Seher (Old Town); Absheron National Park; mud volcanos; Naftalan Oil Resort; Gobustan National Park (includes rock art cultural landscape); Caspian Sea
Soccer, paragliding, rugby, volleyball
It is considered polite to reciprocate hospitality with a small gift. Always give an odd number of flowers. Even numbers are reserved for funerals. Avoid giving alcohol unless you are certain your host partakes.
Tipping is unusual, but can be done for exceptional service. For cabs, it is polite to round up the fare and give the change as a tip. Hotel porters may be tipped 5-10 manats. Tour guides also accept tips, generally around 5 manats.
Handmade carpets, pottery, ceramics, caviar, silk items
Plov — riсe covered with saffron, cinnamon, aromatic herbs, and fried mutton, chicken, beef, or lamb, as well as vegetables and even dried fruits
Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.
World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.
US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.
To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)
How to get help in an emergency?
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444
Page last updated: Tuesday, September 05, 2023