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Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is a constitutional republic with a developing economy. Western-style amenities are found in the capital, Baku, but they are generally not available outside that city. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Azerbaijan for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Azerbaijan
Continent: Asia
Capital City: Baku
Boundary Countries:

Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Russia, Turkey

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Main Cities:

Baku, Ganca, Yevlax, Naxcivan, Kurdamir, Xacmaz, Sumqayit, Saki, Laki, Xankandi, Mingacevir, Ali Bayramli, Astara

Country Size: 86,600 sq km
Population: 7,961,619

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:
Azerbaijani (Azeri) 89%, Russian 3%, Armenian 2%, other 6%
Currency: Azerbaijani manat (AZM)
Predominant Religions:

Muslim 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox 2.3%, other 1.8%. Percentages for actual practicing adherents are much lower

National Holidays: Founding of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, 28 May (1918)
Economic Status:

Azerbaijan's high economic growth in 2006 and 2007 is attributable to large and growing oil exports. Azerbaijan's oil production declined through 1997, but has registered an increase every year since.

Security:

Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces

US Presence:

The US Embassy is located at Azadlig Prospekt 83;
tel. (+994-12) 498-03-35, 36, or 37; (9-9412) 490-66-71;
Emergency after-hours telephone: (+994-12) 498-03-35, 36, or 37
Facsimile: (+994-12) 498-37-55
Email:
ConsularBaku@state.gov
Website: http://azerbaijan.usembassy.gov

Document Requirements:

A passport and visa are required. Travelers may obtain single-entry visas for USD 131 by mail or in person from either the Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington, DC or any other Azerbaijani embassy offering consular services. Travelers may also obtain single-entry, 30-day visas at the airport upon arrival for USD 131. Visas are not available at the land borders with Georgia or Russia. Double-entry, 90-day visas (cost: USD 131) and one-year multiple-entry visas (cost: USD 250) are only available through an Azerbaijani embassy or through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A letter of invitation from a contact in Azerbaijan is required, and travelers who expect to travel in the region should request a one-year, multiple-entry visa. According to Azerbaijani law, foreign nationals intending to remain in Azerbaijan for more than 30 days must register with local police within three days of their arrival. Foreign citizens should approach the passport section of the local district police office and fill out an application form. The registration fee is AZN 9.90 (approximately USD 12).
American citizens of Armenian ancestry should be aware their visa applications may be denied by the Government of Azerbaijan on the grounds that their safety cannot be guaranteed.
US citizens who obtain a single-entry visa at the port of entry are permitted to remain in Azerbaijan for up to one month, after which an extension of stay must be requested (cost: USD 131). For persons already in Azerbaijan, visa applications, extensions or renewals are made at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Shikhali Gurbanov St., 4, Baku; tel. (9-9412) 492 34 01, or the State Migration Service, Ataturk Avenue 53, Baku; tel (9-9412) 498-9464. For additional information, please contact the Embassy of Azerbaijan, 2741 34th Street NW, Washington, DC  20008 (tel. 202-337-3500); e-mail:
azerbaijan@azembassy.com.
American citizens should ensure their visas and/or local identification cards, for stays of longer than 30 days, are current and valid, and they carry local identification cards, if applicable, at all times. It is advisable to carry a photocopy of your current passport and valid visa if you do not normally carry your passport as well. Visit the Embassy of Azerbaijan web site at
http://www.azembassy.us/ for the most current visa information.

Major Airports:

Baku Airport, Azerbaijan, 370109 Baku, AZERBAIJAN
Tel: +994 12 972732
Fax: +994 12 972732
Email: bakcomdep@azdata.net
Website: www.airportbaku.com

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Current territorial disputes & issues with Armenia and the succession of Nagorno- Karabakh, political disputes with Iran re: disputed waters, bilateral talks with Turkmenistan re: seabeds & oilfields in the Caspian, border issues with Azerbaijan and Georgia continue.

Warden message:
Security Awareness
December 11, 2009
The Azerbaijani press is reporting that an Azerbaijani citizen, Azer Misirkhanov, was killed in a US missile strike in Afghanistan. Misirkhanov was said to be the commander of a paramilitary group in Afghanistan that was engaged in fighting US and Afghan forces, and was also alleged to be a leader of a radical religious group in Azerbaijan. In addition, a trial of 31 of Misirkhanov's followers, accused of plotting a series of terrorist attacks, is scheduled to begin in Baku on December 17.
The US Embassy in Baku does not have any evidence of a specific threat against Americans in Azerbaijan at this time. However, due to the high-profile nature of this news and the upcoming trial, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all Americans to monitor media reports, maintain a high level of vigilance, and to increase their security awareness, such as varying times and routes of routine travel.
US citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the US Embassy’s website and the US Department of State's
Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The US Embassy also encourages US citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the US and Canada, or outside the US and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  79 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 63.85 years (male 59.78 /female 68.13)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid
Boosters: MMR, tetanus-diptheria, measles

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Malaria risk area in Azerbaijan: Rural lowlands near Kura and Arax rivers in the provinces of Agcabadi, Barda, Beylaqan, Bilasuvar, Calilabad, Fuzuli, Imisli, Kurdamir, Nakhichivan, Sabirabad, Saatli and Zardab typically between July and October.
Drugs to Prevent Malaria (Antimalarial drugs)
If you will be visiting a malaria risk area in Azerbaijan, chloroquine is the recommended antimalarial drug.

Tickborne encephalitis (TBE) is widespread, occurring in warmer months in the southern part of the nontropical forested regions of Europe and Asia. The most intense transmission has been reported in Russia, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. The annual incidence rate of tuberculosis is high in some countries in the region.  High rates of drug-resistant TB are found in Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, parts of Russia, and Uzbekistan. Cases of diphtheria have declined (after a large outbreak in the 1990s) with improved rates of immunization.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

A few Western-type medical clinics, the quality of which is comparable to those in Western countries, are operating in Baku. The quality of these clinics is good, however, medical facilities outside the capital remain inadequate, unsanitary, and unsafe. There is often a shortage of basic medical supplies, including disposable needles and vaccines.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 13
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 has been documented in wild birds or other avian species in several of the countries in Eastern Europe. Human cases and death were reported from Azerbaijan in 2006. Avoid all direct contact with birds, including domestic poultry (such as chickens and ducks) and wild birds, and avoid places such as poultry farms and bird markets where live birds are raised or kept. For a current list of countries reporting outbreaks of H5N1 among poultry and/or wild birds, view updates from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and for total numbers of confirmed human cases of H5N1 virus by country, see the World Health Organization (WHO) Avian Influenze website.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +994

Internet Code:  .az

 



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