Applying for issuance of visa and the rules of visa issuance

In accordance with the requirements of existing legislation (all other, except citizens of countries having mutual agreement on visa free entry and exit), foreigners and stateless persons can enter and leave a country on the basis of their valid personal passports and official permission – visa.

 For that purpose, foreigners and stateless persons have to apply to diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan in a foreign country by indicating the purpose and duration of their travel.

The list of documents required for visa issuance, application form, the amount and payment method of a state duty, as well as information about diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the third countries where foreigners and stateless persons, living in the countries where there is not diplomatic mission and consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan, will apply for visa issuance are located in the official web pages of proper bodies of executive power, diplomatic missions and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan in foreign countries and on the boards in front of their buildings where can be seen well.

When visa issuance is rejected, grounded information about that is provided.

Foreigners and stateless persons may make administrative complaint and/or lawsuit in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan due to the bureaucracy in processing and refusal of an application for visa issuance.

In accordance with Article 37.2 of the Migration Code (in certain cases determined by proper body of executive power foreigners and stateless persons may obtain a visa in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan) and cases mentioned in the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan “on changes in the process of issuance of entry visas to foreigners and stateless persons coming to the Republic of Azerbaijan” dated September 13, 2010 N 326, foreigners and stateless persons may apply to visa departments at proper international airports of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and can get a visa.

  • Visa department of Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan at the International Airport named after Haydar Aliyev;
  • Visa department at the International Airport in Nakhchivan of the department in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Visa department at Ganja International Airport of Consulate Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Visa department at Lankaran International Airport of Consulate Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Visa department at Gabala International Airport of Consulate Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Visa department at Zagatala International Airport of Consulate Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Applications of foreigners and stateless persons on visa issuance will be processed during not more than fifteen days after they applied, but in the cases determined by proper bodies of executive power, at the same time when visit of foreigners and stateless persons is for treatment purposes, or connected with serious illness or death of a close relative living in the Republic of Azerbaijan (by submitting proper document approving these facts), it is processed within not more than two business days.

In accordance with Article 7 of the Agreement on simplification of visa issuance procedure between the Republic of Azerbaijan and European Union” processing period of visa applications is applied in the following way:

  1. Diplomatic missions and consulates of Member States and the Republic of Azerbaijan make a decision related to visa issuance application within 10 calendar days after the date of receipt of an application and required documents for visa issuance.
  2. Period of decision related to visa application may be prolonged for 30 calendar days in individual cases, especially when there is a need for addition investigation on the application.
  3. Period of decision related to visa application may be decreased to 2 working days or to a period less than it in urgent cases.

When applicants are required to make an appointment for submitting an application, such kind of appointment is made within two weeks after the date of an application for an appointment. However, third party contractors regularly ensure urgent submission of visa applications.

In well-grounded urgent cases, consulate creates an opportunity for an applicant to submit his/her application before an appointment or an appointment is made immediately.