Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

Country profile

The “Land of Fire” is an intoxicating cocktail of antiquity, natural wonder and cosmopolitan cities. Situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, it is a place where cultures meet and mesh. Azerbaijan has many sites of interest, from Baku’s modern Flame Towers to the depths of the Walled City of Baku, a medieval Unesco World Heritage Site.

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Baku
Visa requirements: E-visa required
Time zone: GMT + 4 
Language: Azerbaijani. Russian is also spoken, and basic English is understood by most of the population
Currency: Manat
Population: 9.4 million
Electricity: 230V, Type F plug

Tipping policy: Tipping for above average service is appreciated. In most restaurants a service charge will be included in the bill. If not, a tip of around five to ten per cent of the total amount can be considered 

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK
Direct flights to Baku (average flight time: 5h): London Heathrow
Indirect flights available via: Dubai, Istanbul, Moscow, Qatar  

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Heydar Aliyev Centre, a museum, exhibition centre and auditorium housed in an architecturally impressive building
Carpet Museum – the Azerbaijani carpet is a Unesco Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage
Lahij Village, with its antique copperware workshops, white-cobbled streets, stone houses, craft shops and mountain trails
Gobustan Mud Volcanoes, a Unesco Cultural Landscape of more than 6,000 rock engravings, which go back 40,000 years
Sheki Khan Palace

MAJOR EVENTS
Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2019, held on the Baku City Circuit 
2019 UEFA Europa League at the Olympic Stadium in Baku, May 29
Baku International Jazz Festival, October 18-27. The festival showcases Azerbaijan’s long-running attachment to jazz, a connection established in the country during the 1950s and 1960s when jazz was outlawed by Soviet authorities
Novruz Bayram – the Zoroastrian New Year, celebrated with festive public dancing, sports contests and folk entertainment, March 20-14
Jara Music Festival, the largest music event in the CIS countries

WEDDINGS
Documents needed: 
Valid visa;
Passport or ID card;
Application form;
Divorce or death certificates of former spouse(s), if applicable;
Certificate of No Record of Marriage issued in your home country.

Under Azerbaijani law, civil registration of all marriages is required and marriages involving a foreigner must be registered at the Main Registry Office (ZAGS). Same-sex marriages are not yet legal. However, Azerbaijan is a secular state and travellers of all ethnic background, sexual orientation are welcome and will feel safe while travelling around the country

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