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AZERBAIJAN – No More Post-Arrival Change of Status for Foreign Workers or Business Travelers

Effective immediately, foreign nationals travelling to Azerbaijan for work or business must obtain the appropriate work or business visa before travelling.

What has changed?

Previously, most foreign nationals travelling to Azerbaijan for work or business would enter the country with a tourist e-visa or consular visa or a visa on arrival, and then change status post arrival.

The work visa and business visa processes require more supporting documents, and processing may take longer, than for a tourist visa or a visa on arrival. At present, work visas are not available from Azerbaijan's consulates, and work permits are issued on the basis of work e-visas, obtained though the Asan Viza portal. Consular work visas will be available from November 2017.

Note: Since early 2016, US nationals travelling on the New York to Baku direct flight with Azerbaijan Airlines, for tourism, business or work, have been able to obtain a 30-day single-entry visa upon arrival at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku. This option is no longer available for business or work.

Action Items

  • Business travellers to Azerbaijan, and their employers, should allow more time for business visa processing.
  • Employers of foreign nationals going to Azerbaijan to work should allow extra time to obtain work visas.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Central Asia Business Consultants.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.