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Armenia is a constitutional republic with a developing economy. Tourist facilities, especially outside Yerevan, the capital, are not highly developed, and many of the goods and services taken for granted in other countries may be difficult to obtain. Read the Department of State’s Background Notes on Armenia for additional information.


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Country Name: Armenia
Continent: Asia
Capital City: Yerevan
Boundary Countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Turkey
Recommended Hospitals in Capital: Emergency Hospital of Yerevan, Erebouni, European Medical Center- Yerevan
Main Cities: Yerevan, Alaverdi, Vanadzor, Hrazdan, Gyumri, Ejmiatsin, Kapan, Vardenis
Country Size: 29,800 sq km
Population: 2,976,372




Currency: dram (AMD)
Predominant Religions:

Armenian Apostolic 94.7%, other Christian 4%, Yezidi (monotheist with elements of nature worship) 1.3%

National Holidays: Independence Day, 21 September (1991)
Economic Status:

Armenia is a constitutional republic with a developing economy. Armenia has managed to slash inflation, stabilize its currency, and privatize most small- and medium-sized enterprises. Armenia's unemployment rate, however, remains high, despite strong economic growth.


Ground Forces, Nagorno-Karabakh Self Defense Force (NKSDF), Air Force, Air Defense Force

US Presence:

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan is located at 1 American Avenue, tel. 011 (37410) 46-47-00 and fax: 011 (37410) 46-47-42. The Consular Section is open from 9:00a until 5:00p, with time reserved for American citizen services from 2:00p until 5:00p, Monday through Friday, except for official holidays. Embassy's web site: http://yerevan.usembassy.gov/.

Document Requirements:

A passport and visa are required. U.S. citizens may purchase visas in advance for a stay of up to 120 days online at http://www.armeniaforeignministry.am/ for the fee of USD 60; however, this visa is valid only for entry at Zvartnots airport in Yerevan. At this time a visa valid for 120 days may also be obtained upon arrival at the port of entry for the fee of 15,000 Armenian Drams (approx. USD 50). Visas for up to 120 days may be purchased at the Armenian Embassy in Washington, D.C. or the Consulate General in Los Angeles for the fee of USD 69. For further information on entry requirements, contact the Armenian Embassy at 2225 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20008, tel. (202) 319-1976 and (202) 319-2983; the Armenian Consulate General in Los Angeles at 50 N. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 210, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, tel. (310) 657-7320, or visit the Armenian Embassy’s web site at http://www.armeniaemb.org for the most current visa information.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Armenia International Airports CJSC, Yerevan, Zvartnots International Airport, AIA Building, 0042 Yerevan
Tel: +374 10 493000, Fax: (Ext.7112) +374 10 493000, Email: amikaelyan@aia-zvartnots.aero, Website: www.aia-zvartnots.aero

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

There are still land mines in numerous areas in and near the conflict zones. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. Armenia is an earthquake-prone and landslide-prone country. In addition to these natural disasters, there exists the possibility of chlorine gas spills and radiation poisoning due to industrial accidents.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 22.47 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 71.84 years (male 68.25 /female 76.02)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Meningitis, Malaria, Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Boosters: DPT, MMR, polio as needed

Infectious Disease Concerns:

The risk of malaria is high throughout the country. Dengue, filariasis, leishmaniasis, and onchocerciasis (river blindness) are other diseases carried by insects that also occur in this region. Plague, an infectious disease of animals and humans caused by a bacterium, is present in wild rodent populations in rural areas of Africa. Generally, the risk of plague infection for travelers is low, especially for persons staying in hotels in cities. A number of rickettsial infections also occur in this region. Schistosomiasis, a parasitic infection, can be contracted in fresh water in this region. Other infections that tend to occur more often in longer-term travelers (or immigrants from the region) include tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis B.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Though there are many competent physicians in Armenia, medical care facilities are limited, especially outside the major cities.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 1
Referrals: 11
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:
Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +374
Internet Country Code:  .am


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