For­eign­ers spent more than 500M in Land of Fire

Azer News - - Front Page - By Kamila Aliyeva

For­eign cit­i­zens who vis­ited Azer­bai­jan in Jan­uary-May 2018 car­ried out trans­ac­tions in the amount of 513.7 mil­lion man­ats ($302.2 mil­lion) via their bank cards, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ter for Anal­y­sis of Eco­nomic Re­forms & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (IITKL).

The vol­ume of trans­ac­tions in­creased by 21 per­cent com­pared to the data for the same pe­riod last year.

The for­eign­ers spent 107.3 mil­lion man­ats ($63.1 mil­lion) for op­er­a­tions via bank cards in April, which is 16 per­cent more than in May 2017.

In Jan­uary-May 2018, over 1 mil­lion for­eign­ers from 184 coun­tries vis­ited Azer­bai­jan, thus show­ing an in­crease of 10.1 per­cent com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year.

In 2017, about 2.690 mil­lion tourists vis­ited Azer­bai­jan, which is 20 per­cent more than the in­di­ca­tor of 2016.

Mostly Azer­bai­jan was vis­ited by tourists from Rus­sia - 853,082 peo­ple (31.6 per­cent of the to­tal amount of tourists). The sec­ond and third lines of at­ten­dance are oc­cu­pied by cit­i­zens of Ge­or­gia – 537,000 (19.9 per­cent) and Iran – 362,000 peo­ple (13.4 per­cent).

Turkey is on the fourth line with 301,000 tourists (11.2 per­cent), the first five is closed by tourists from the UAE – 102,000 peo­ple (3.8 per­cent).

In 2017 there was an in­crease in the tourist flow from Saudi Ara­bia (4.5 times), Oman (7.4 times), the United Arab Emi­rates (1.9 times), Iran (1.4 times), In­dia (2,3 times).

Tourism in Azer­bai­jan is de­vel­op­ing rapidly, and to sup­port the flow of for­eign vis­i­tors, com­pre­hen­sive ac­tiv­i­ties are car­ried out.

Azer­bai­jan is en­gaged in the ef­forts to di­ver­sify the non-oil econ­omy, and tourism in­dus­try is one of the promis­ing sec­tors to con­trib­ute to the achieve­ment of this am­bi­tious goal.

Thanks to ASAN Visa sys­tem launched in June 2016, cit­i­zens of 95 coun­tries are able to ben­e­fit from ob­tain­ing an e-visa in a short time. Azer­bai­jan ap­plied elec­tronic visa in or­der to make the process of ob­tain­ing the en­try doc­u­ments cheaper and quicker. To­day for­eign­ers can get e-visas just in three days.

All they need to do is to visit ASAN Visa web­site to sub­mit an application, fill in the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion and pay the state fee on­line. Af­ter that, the e-visa will be sent to the email of the ap­pli­cant in three days, and in case of ur­gent need – in three hours. The cost of a stan­dard visa is $20, and of an ur­gent one – $23.

Re­cently, for­eign­ers, vis­it­ing Azer­bai­jan, are al­ready able to get a visa through ASAN Visa self-ser­vice ter­mi­nals at the in­ter­na­tional air­ports of Baku, Ganja and Ga­bala.

Cit­i­zens of 15 coun­tries Bahrain, UAE, South Korea, China, Iran, Is­rael, In­done­sia, Kuwait, Qatar, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Ara­bia, Sin­ga­pore, Turkey and Ja­pan are able to get a visa through ASAN Visa at the air­port.

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