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

, 16/10/2017

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 on an e-visa or a visa on arrival as a visitor, and then change status post arrival.

The work visa and business visa processes require more supporting documents, and processing may take longer, than for an e-visa, a consular tourist visa or a visa on arrival.

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.