Obtaining an Azerbaijan visa in Tbilisi is a piece of cake! Here is all you need to know. We submitted our documents August 5th 2016 and our visas were issued August 15th. The staff is friendly and English speaking. Inside the visa office, there is no line or number system. That means Caucasus style queuing.
What you need
- Filled in application form available at the embassy or online.
- Two passport photos.
- Your passport, valid at least six months from the desired entry date. It should not contain any Armenian stamps or visa to Nagorno Karabakh.
- Copy of your passport.
- A hotel booking in Azerbaijan. A printed booking.com reservation is enough. You can cancel this reservation free of charge.
- Visa fee payable in Georgian Lari. The fee for German citizens was 35 € in August 2016. There is a money exchange counter in the bank where you have to pay the fee. So it does not really matter if you show up with Lari, Euros, US Dollars or Russian Rubel.
Note that you have to give an entry date and a desired length of stay (maximum of 30 days) in your application. The visa will then be valid in that exact time frame. For example, if you apply for a 30 day visa starting June 1st, you will be allowed to be in Azerbaijan June 1st through 30th. If you enter Azerbaijan on June 20th, you will be left with only eleven days in the country. So plan ahead! That should not be too difficult if you are already in Tbilisi, though.
What you do
- Visit the embassy at 4 Vakhtang Gorgasali St and submit your documents. The entrance to the visa office is on Ibrahim Isfahanli St perpendicular to the V. Gorgasali. Ring the bell and get security checked. No switched on phones allowed. Opening hours for submitting your application are Monday through Friday from 10 am – 12 pm. Show up at 10, in order to complete steps two and three the same day.
- Pay your visa fee at the International Bank of Azerbaijan (144 Bochorma St). It is a 20 minute walk or a short drive from the embassy. There are plenty of taxis waiting in front of the embassy.
- Return to the embassy and submit your receipt of payment. Note that the visa desk closes at 12 pm!
- Wait! When we applied, the processing time was 7 working days. You may try calling the embassy ahead (+995 32 224 22 20) and check whether your visa is ready. Do not expect anybody to pick up the phone.
- Pick up your visa. Mind that you have to do this at different opening hours. Namely, in the afternoon between 4 and 5.30 pm.
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For us, it was pretty convenient and hassle free to obtain an Azerbaijan visa in Tbilisi! If you want, please share your experiences in the comment section.