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Travel Tips for Saudi Arabia Residents Visiting Azerbaijan

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A country sitting at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Azerbaijan is a place of wonder and excitement. This “Land of Fire”, home to natural gas formations and fire worship, has a rich history. From modern city skylines in Baku to medieval old towns, there is a variety of escapes for Saudi Arabian residents traveling to Azerbaijan to choose from. While the Caucasus Mountains attract winter sports enthusiasts, the Caspian Sea Coast amuses the summer crowd. Find out how to obtain your Azerbaijani visa for Saudi residents now.

How To Travel to Azerbaijan as a Saudi Arabia Resident

What are the Visa Requirements?

To apply for your Azerbaijan visa from Saudi Arabia confirm you have the following:

  • A valid passport with at least 6 months validity upon your arrival in Azerbaijan. Confirm the passport is free of damage, and has at least two passport pages free. This also applies to the Azerbaijan visa for Saudi iqama holders.
  • A copy of your digital passport is required. A digital passport is a digital file or photograph of your passport biography page.
  • A valid email address is required to receive notifications on your visa process and for receipt of your visa approval.
  • A valid address in Azerbaijan, that is the location of your accommodations during your stay. This may be a hotel or private residence.

How to apply for your Saudi Arabia Azerbaijan visa

1.    Select your visa type:

Standard Visa: The standard visa is valid for 90 days and allows a visit of up to 30 days in Azerbaijan. Typically this type of visa is processed within 3 to 5 business days.

Urgent Visa: The urgent visa is valid for 90 days and allows a visit of up to 30 days in Azerbaijan. Typically the processing time is 24 hours.

Super Fast Visa: The super fast visa is valid for 90 days and allows a visit of up to 30 days in Azerbaijan. The processing time for this visa is typically only 3 to 5 hours.

2.    Complete your Online Application

Go to the Azerbaijan e-visa website and fill in the application form. Confirm your information is correct and completed in full. You will not be able to edit the application, once it is submitted.

3.    Upload Your Digital Passport

You will be required to upload a digital copy of your passport biography page. Confirm the picture is clear and legible before submitting.

4.    Pay the Processing Fee

You will be required to pay a processing fee to submit your application. Major credit cards and electronic debit are typically accepted.

5.    Receive Your Email Confirmation

Based on the processing time you selected, you will receive an email confirming your visa application has been processed. You will be informed of the status of your application and whether it was approved or if more information is required.

When is the best time to visit Azerbaijan?

Azerbaijan can be visited year-round, but depending on the activities you plan to partake in, will depend on when you should visit.

In spring (May to June), you can expect mild temperatures ranging from  15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). This time of year is perfect for outdoor activities, such as hiking, visiting gardens and parks, and trekking through the Caucasus Mountains.

Summer is known for being warmer, with temperatures reaching as high as 30°C to 35°C (86°F to 95°F). Festivals, events, and beach resorts are at their peak, with water sports being a popular tourist activity.

In the Fall, you will notice slightly cooler temperatures ranging from  20°C to 28°C (68°F to 82°F). This is perfect for sightseeing and a great time to enjoy harvest season in Azerbaijan.

Although winter is not the most popular season for visitors, it is the best time to partake in winter sports. Shahdag Mountain Resort offers skiing and other winter sports activities for those with an adventurous spirit.

What to expect when traveling to Azerbaijan as a Saudi Arabian?

Cultural Differences

Although Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan are both predominantly Muslim countries, Azerbaijan embraces more secular practices and diverse lifestyles. A blend of Eastern and Western influences has changed the landscape of Azerbaijan. This has been expressed in different dress styles and social interactions.

Language Tips

The official language of Azerbaijan is Azerbaijani (or Azeri). The English language is not widely spoken, although it is becoming more common in tourist areas.  Here are a few Azeri phrases to help with your travels.

  • Hello: Salam
  • Thank you: Təşəkkür edirəm
  • Please: Zəhmət olmasa
  • Yes: Bəli
  • No: Xeyr

Etiquette and Dress Code

The typical dress of Azerbaijan people is modest but casual. Women are not required to cover their heads, but it is respectful and expected while visiting religious sites. Men are expected to cover their knees and elbows and public displays of affection are discouraged.


What airline is the best for traveling from Saudi Arabia to Azerbaijan?

A: The top airline carriers for traveling from Saudi Arabia to Azerbaijan are Azerbaijan Airlines, Flydubai, and Qatar Airways. The average flight length is 3 to 5 hours, from Riyadh/Jeddah to Baku.

What is the most affordable transportation option in Azerbaijan?

A: Public transportation is efficient, reliable, and affordable in Azerbaijan. Travelers have the option of buses, trams, or the metro system. Taxi services are also affordable and a popular option.

What is the currency in Azerbaijan?

A: The local currency of Azerbaijan is manat (AZN).

What payment methods are accepted in Azerbaijan?

A: Most modern hotels, restaurants, and major retail stores accept credit cards or debit. In the countryside, at markets, and in small shops cash transactions are more common.

What types of accommodation are available in Azerbaijan?

A: Hotels, resorts, hostels, guest houses, and Airbnbs are the most popular forms of accommodation available in Azerbaijan. Travelers can find a range of budget-friendly to luxury travel options.

Is the food in Azerbaijan Halal?

A: As the Azerbaijani population is predominantly Muslim, halal food is widely available. Most restaurants, grocery stores, and shops sell halal-certified food.

What type of food is served in Azerbaijan?

A: Popular Azerbaijan dishes are plov, dolma, kebabs, and piti.

What are the top attractions to visit in Azerbaijan?

A: In Baku, the Flame Towers, Baku Boulevard and the historic Old City are popular tourist attractions. In Gabala, Tufandag Mountain Resort is a top attraction for winter sports and hiking. Sheki Khan Palace is also a famous tourist site.

Where is the best place to purchase souvenirs in Azerbaijan?

A: Baku Taza Bazaar, Nizami Street, and of course, carpet shops are the best places to find authentic and locally produced products.

Is it safe to travel to Azerbaijan?

A: Yes, it is typically safe to travel to Azerbaijan. As with any destination, be aware of your surroundings, do not leave your valuables unattended, and follow the local laws and customs.


From the breathtaking countryside to the bustling city of Baku, Azerbaijan has much to offer to any Saudi traveler. Discover Azerbaijan, start your visa application now!