What is the change? Azerbaijan will simplify its visa process when it hosts the European Games in June.

What does the change mean? Beginning June 2, foreign nationals traveling to Azerbaijan can obtain a single-entry visa by presenting a ticket for one of the events, a passport valid for at least three months and two passport photos. Visa fees, which vary depending on nationality, must be paid upon arrival. Processes for business visas will remain the same.

  • Implementation time frame: June 2-28.
  • Visas/permits affected:Single-entry visas.
  • Who is affected:Foreign nationals traveling to Azerbaijan to attend the European Games.
  • Impact on processing times:Travelers will save significant time obtaining visas.
  • Business impact: Officials hope the visa changes will increase attendance at the Games and help Azerbaijan’s tourism industry.

Background: The first-ever European Games will be held in Baku June 12-28. More than 6,000 athletes are expected to participate. In order to facilitate spectator attendance, Azerbaijan has moved to simplify its visa regime. Visa applications will be available on flights to Azerbaijan and at the airport.

Foreign nationals accredited by the European Games Operations Committee will be able to enter and exit Azerbaijan with their accreditation cards beginning 60 days before the event begins until 30 days after its conclusion. Those directly involved in preparation for the Games will be exempt from work permit requirements.

BAL Analysis: The simplified visa processes will save time for those attending the European Games and could help Azerbaijan’s tourism industry.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Azerbaijan. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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