Get e-visa to en­ter Azer­bai­jan just in 3 hours

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Amina Nazarli

The Azer­bai­jani visa ap­pli­ca­tion process is ac­tu­ally a lot more sim­ple these days than what it used to be.

In 2016, the coun­try ap­plied “elec­tronic visa”, mak­ing the process of ob­tain­ing cor­rect en­try doc­u­ments cheaper and quicker. And now, it gets eas­ier – for­eign­ers will get e-visas just in three hours in­stead of three days.

Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev signed a de­cree on June 21 on ad­di­tional mea­sures to de­velop and im­prove the "ASAN Viza" sys­tem and amend the de­cree dated Oc­to­ber 20, 2016 on ap­proval of the "Reg­u­la­tions on the "ASAN Viza" sys­tem.

In ac­cor­dance with the new de­cree, ASAN ser­vice, Azer­bai­jan’s lead­ing e-Gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tion, should en­sure con­sid­er­a­tion of ap­pli­ca­tions of for­eign­ers and state­less per­sons to ob­tain a visa in an ex­pe­dited man­ner for those, who want to visit Azer­bai­jan, within three hours.

To­day, ci­ti­zens of 93 coun­tries take ad­van­tage of ASAN Visa sys­tem. Elec­tronic visa is a doc­u­ment for one en­try, which de­ter­mines the pe­riod of stay in the coun­try up to 30 days.

Azer­bai­jan, sit­u­ated on the Great Silk Road, and di­vided par­tially be­tween East­ern Europe and Western Asia, blended the best from both cul­tures, form­ing its own unique rich cul­ture, that’s why its peo­ple are nei­ther to­tally East­ern, nor to­tally Western.

Moun­tains, forests, farm­lands, coastal ar­eas, rich nat­u­ral re­sources and nine out of a pos­si­ble eleven dis­tinct cli­mate zones from sub­trop­i­cal to alpine cli­mates pro­vide Azer­bai­jan with a broad range of nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments that can be used to de­velop a range of tourism ac­tiv­i­ties and to at­tract a di­verse group of tourists.

This ini­tia­tive will def­i­nitely in­crease the tourists flow to the coun­try this year. In the five months of this year, up to 960,000 tourists ar­rived in Azer­bai­jan, while in the same pe­riod last year this fig­ure was 768,000 peo­ple.

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