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Health Alert: Azerbaijan, Update on Easing of Restrictions

Location:  Baku, Azerbaijan 

 

Current Situation in Azerbaijan:  

 

The Government of Azerbaijan has extended rules restricting international passenger traffic and movement between the regions of Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, LankaranAbsheron, and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic through June 15th, 2020. 

 

The Government of Azerbaijan instated a mandatory stay-at-home order for all individuals in Azerbaijan from 00:00 June 6 to 06:00 June 8, 2020.  During this period, individuals were restricted from leaving their homes except for the event of a medical emergency.  As of 06:00 June 8, 2020, this order has expired.  All U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain adequate stocks of food and supplies to last in the event a two or three-day stay-at-home order is issued on short notice. 

 

As of 06:00 June 8, 2020, the Government of Azerbaijan has eased a number of previous restrictions to allow for the partial re-opening of a number of businesses and previously restricted services.  Of note, individuals in Azerbaijan no longer need to receive SMS approval to leave their places of residence.  Restrictions on the access to public parks and recreation areas have been lifted, provided individuals do not gather in groups of 10 or more people.  A ban on individuals aged 65 and above has also been lifted, although the Government of Azerbaijan recommends elderly individuals only leave their homes if necessary. 

 

A number of services and activities remain prohibited during the quarantine regime.  Traffic to/from the areas of Baku, Absheron, Ganja, and Lankaran remains suspended.  Please refer to our website or the full text of the announcement for more information.  

 

As of June 7, 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Azerbaijan Republic confirmed 7,553 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There have been 88 confirmed deaths. The government has acknowledged that community spread of the virus is occurring and that COVID-19 infections are present in all regions of Azerbaijan.   

 

All Passenger Traffic, including Flights, to and from Azerbaijan Is Currently Suspended.  The Cabinet of Ministers of the Azerbaijan Republic has announced all passenger traffic in and out of Azerbaijan will remain closed during the quarantine period.  This restriction includes the cessation of passenger flights in and out of Azerbaijan.  We will inform U.S. citizens as soon as we have information regarding the resumption of regular international commercial flights.  U.S. citizens in urgent need of evacuation from Azerbaijan should e-mail BakuACS@state.gov. 

 

Visa extensions for foreigners in Azerbaijan: The State Migration Service recently announced that foreigners “who cannot leave Azerbaijan for obvious reasons” can make a one-time online payment to extend their migration status in Azerbaijan. 30- and 60-day extensions cost 15 AZN and 30 AZN, respectively. The guideline applies to foreigners whose legal stay in Azerbaijan expired on April 30.  Individuals can make a payment at: https://eservice.migration.gov.az/public/create-mom-application 

 
The government of Azerbaijan has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions, including additional restrictions on travel inside Azerbaijan, to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  

 

Currently all arrivals to Azerbaijan, including U.S. citizens, are being placed in a mandatory 14-day quarantine in government-provided facilities, regardless of travel origin.  The quality of basic services in these facilities varies and may not meet all travelers’ individual needs.  These quarantine measures are subject to change without prior notice.  There are reports of U.S. citizens having to share quarters with strangers and of families being separated in quarantine facilities. 

 
On March 6, 2020 the Department of State allowed for the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees and their family members from Azerbaijan. 

 

Effective March 16, 2020, U.S. Embassy Baku suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information or send us an email at BakuACS@state.gov. 

 

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline. 

 

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice. 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe. 

 

Actions to Take: 

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information. 

  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations. 

  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information. 

  • Check with your airlines or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions. 

  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Azerbaijan. 

 

Assistance: 

  • U.S. Embassy Baku, Azerbaijan 

111 Azadlig Avenue 

AZ1007 Baku, Azerbaijan 

(994 12) 488 3300 

BakuACS@state.gov 

U.S. Embassy Baku website  

  • State Department - Consular Affairs 
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 

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