Arrival to Armenia and Armenian Visa
It’s very simple to gain a visa to visit Armenia. Anyone wishing to enter must have a valid passport, an entry visa, or a document with proof of residency. People from other countries must enter the republic of Armenia through border control points, set out around our nation’s sovereign borders.
Minors may enter Armenia with their parents, or any legal guardian, or be picked up by a receiving organization. Minors may not enter on their own, without an appointed guardian to watch over them.
Who Needs a Visa to Visit Armenia?
If you live in Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you will need to apply for a visa to visit. Several different visas are available at Armenian entries, though the most common form issued to visitors is a single-use visa that is valid for 21 days. It costs 3000 Armenian Drams (about $US7), which can be gained on arrival at Zvartnots International Airport, or when crossing the border points by land. There is no need for a letter of invitation.
Citizens from these countries can be issued an Armenian visa only upon invitation. The invitation must be written on a letterhead, issued by an inviting organisation, and must be signed and sealed by the head of said organisation.
You can submit your letter of invitation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via a juridical person who has been registered with the Armenian government, or by Armenian or diplomatic representation, or the representatives of international organisations.
If you wish to stay in Armenia for 120 days or less, you can now apply for your Armenian visa online. However, we do require that your passport be valid for at least six months from the time of your application.
Electronic visas are equivalent to a normal visa, but there is no paper inserted into your passport. Your application is verified online and in most cases, the visa will be approved within two business days.
E-visa holders can enter Armenia via Zvartnots International Airport, Gyumri Airport, Ayrum Railway Station, and theBagratashen, Bavra, Gogavan and Megri borders entries.
Be aware that rules and regulations regarding Armenian visas are subject to change without prior notice.
Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for the most updated information regarding current rules and regulations.
Arrival to Nagorno Karabakh / Artsakh
Visitors to Nagorno Karabakh Republic (NKR) are permitted with the presentation of valid foreign passports or valid similar documents, an entrance visaissued for the NKR, and with clearance from relevant customs authorities.
Entrance visas for NKR are granted by the NKR Permanent Mission to the Republic of Armenia. In rare cases, an entrance visa can be issued at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the NKR, located in the town of Stepanakert.
Visa support is also available to tour groups accredited in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the NKR.
Passport and visas are checked on the Goris-Stepanakert highway, not far from Aghavno (formerlyZabukh). This does not include a customs inspection. In NKR, you will only be asked to show passports and your visa. If you don’t have a letter of invitation, you will have to visit the consule at the RMK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where a visa will be promptly issued.
If travelling over-land, consider stopping in at Yerevan to pick up your visa, as it will simplify your crossing into the NKR.
A 21-day visa will cost you 3000 Armenian Drams ($US7). Ensure you are advised that the consular of the RMK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Armenian Permanent Mission do not operate on weekends. Please ensure you have your visa issued and valid before entering, if you intend to arrive on a Saturday or Sunday.
Be aware that entry to Azerbaijan is not allowed if you have a NKR visa on your passport. If you plan to travel on to Azerbaijan, please request that your visa be left outside the passport for this reason when seeking an issue to your visa. Entering NKR from Armenia is considered an act of illegal border crossing in Azerbaijan, making you liable for prosecution under Azeri law.
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