General Information

Conception of visa, category, objective and types

Conception
Visa - is the official document providing legal origin to the foreigners and stateless persons:  
- For entrance to the country in the visa-required regime;
- For temporarily staying in the country during the period stated in their visas;
- For leaving the country within the rules of boundary supervision during the same period stated in their visas. 

Categories

Visa consists of three categories - diplomatic, service and ordinary.

Types

Two types of visa - entrance and transit visa granted to the foreigners and stateless persons is formalized as below:

1. Entrance visa - such kind of visa is valid from three days up to three months.
- One time (ordinary) entrance visa - allows entering and exiting the country only one time during its validity period.
- Multiple entrance visas - such kind of visa is valid from 1 year up to 2 years. This visa allows person for multiple entrance-exit to the country during the appropriate period.
If the visa is not used during these periods it expires.

2. Transit visa.
One time or multiple transit visas – are granted to foreigners and stateless persons traveling to third countries via the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 
Transit visa allows person to stay in the Republic of Azerbaijan maximum 5 days.


Objectives

Foreigners and stateless persons can obtain ordinary (one time) entrance visa within the objectives as mentioned below:
- business purpose
- scientific purpose
- education purpose
- labor purpose
- tourism purpose
- cultural purpose
- sport purpose
- humanitarian purpose
- Purpose of personal visit

Diplomatic and service entrance visa is granted only to persons coming to Azerbaijan with the official purposes.

Responsibilities and restrictions defined by legislation

According to the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On exiting country, entrance to country and passports” (article No: 12) the foreigners’ and stateless persons’ entrance to the Republic of Azerbaijan can be restricted in cases mentioned below:
1) If it is vital for the protection of national security or public order
2) If it is significant for protection of rights and legal interests of citizens of Azerbaijan Republic and other persons.
3) If person disordered/violated the laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan in his/her previous visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
4) If the person gave false information about himself/herself when applying for the entrance to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
5) If the coming of mentally ill person or the person infected with infectious diseases constitutes a threat to public health (except the persons who do not constitute such threat and arriving at his/her or their legal trustee’s expense for medical treatment);
6) If the person has been extracted from the boundaries of the Republic of Azerbaijan before
7) If a person’s entrance to the Republic of Azerbaijan was considered undesirable.
In these cases, it is rejected to grant a visa to the person. 
If there is a bureaucracy in considering the application or it is rejected to consider the application, foreigners and stateless persons can complain about it by administrative means or to the court.

Attention! In case of rejection for granting a visa, the state fee paid by foreigners or stateless persons will not be given back!

Foreigners and stateless persons crossing the border of the Republic of Azerbaijan in violation the requirements of the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On exiting country, entrance to country and passports” without passport, visa or with invalid (unfaithful) passport and other documents, will be returned back. 
If the rules of exiting the country and entering the country defined by the law are not obeyed or violated, guilty persons bear administrative and criminal responsibility intended in the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
According to the Code of Administrative Delicts of the Republic of Azerbaijan, foreigners and stateless persons are responsible in the case stated below:
• For the disordering the rules of staying in the Republic of Azerbaijan or transit passing from the territory of Azerbaijan Republic – 
 foreigners or stateless persons are fined from 300 Manat up to 400  Manat with the extraction from the boundaries in administrative  way or without extraction. 
• For the loss of documents for temporary or permanent residence in the Republic of Azerbaijan or spoiling the documents intentionally –are fined from 15 Manat up to 25 Manat.
The exit of foreigner and stateless persons from the Republic of Azerbaijan can be limited temporarily in the cases mentioned below:
1) If their exit will be contrary to the interests of providing national security – until these basis disappear;
2) If they are accepted as suspicious or accused person on criminal act – until the end of criminal prosecution;
3) If they are condemned for criminal act – until they are set free or faced punishment fully;
4) If there is a civil claim against them - until the civil decision defined by the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan enters into force.

Documents required for granting visa

1. You have to present the following documents to obtain a visa by the diplomatic representations and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan abroad, as well as by means of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan:
• 1 application-form
• Double colored photos (3x4cm, in white background)
• Foreigner’s passport and stateless person’s identification card
• Invitation letter from receiving part (in 2 copies)
• Receipt of state fee:
1. Abroad - for granting visa 
2. In the Republic of Azerbaijan – for sending appropriate instructions by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Republic to the diplomatic representations and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan connected with granting visa on the basis of invitation letter.


2. You have to present the following documents to obtain a visa by the visa divisions of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs operated in Heydar Aliyev International Airport and Ganja International Airport, as well as by the  visa division of the Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic operated in Nakhchivan International Airport:
• 1 application-form 
• Double colored photos (3x4cm, in white background)
• Foreigner’s passport and stateless person’s identification card
• Invitation letter from receiving part (in 2 copies)
• Receipt of state fee for granting visa (fee is paid in cash)

Attention! If there is less than 3 months for expiry of foreigner’s passport and stateless person’s identification document visa is not granted.