Things to Consider Before Traveling to Azerbaijan
Before setting your travel plans to Azerbaijan, you might want to consider a few things about this country. Below, we have gathered some information about Visa, Dress Code, mobile service, internet, and more in Azerbaijan. At any rate, if you have more questions about traveling to Azerbaijan, do not hesitate to contact us at Travelopersia. We would be happy to guide you to your trip to this interesting country.
Visa for Azerbaijan
Most nationalities can apply for an e-visa for entering and staying at Azerbaijan. Moreover, Visa-Free countries that can enter the country without obtaining a visa. Even more, residents of the Gulf Cooperation Countries can apply for a visa upon their arrival. Accordingly, these countries are the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and, Oman. Keep in mind that there is a registration rule for staying more than 15 days in the country. Therefore, tourists have to get registered with the State Migration Service by their accommodation provider. We will talk about ways of applying for an Azerbaijan Visa, its rules, documents, and more in another blog post.
Dress code in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijanis are mostly the followers of Islam. However, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, Hindus, and the followers of other religions also reside in Azerbaijan. Therefore, as a secular country, there is no dress code expected from the locals or the tourists. Accordingly, locals and visitors wear different European types of clothing. Overall, you should only keep in mind the following if you want to visit any mosques around the country.
- Women should wear a head scarf and a long dress with leggings for visiting the mosques.
- Men should wear modest clothes and long trousers for visiting the mosques.
What is the language spoken by the locals in Azerbaijan?
Azerbaijani or Azeri is the official language of the country. This language has similarities with the Turkish language. This is due to the reason that it is an Oghuz branch of the Turkic language. Interestingly, locals of South Russia and Northern Iran speak different dialects of this language outside Azerbaijan. Also, Russian and Armenian (in Nagorno-Kharabakh region) are other popular languages. Other languages spoken in Azerbaijan are:
- English as a foreign
- Lezgian in northern
- Avar in north-western parts and
- A type of Iranian language called
- A number of endangered languages such as: Budukh, Juhuri, Cek, Tat, etc.
- Immigrant languages such as: Assyrian, Georgian, Polish, Ukrainian, etc.
Mobile Service and Internet
4G Mobile Network is available by main Mobile and Network providers in Azerbaijan. Each network provider offers a variety of inexpensive Mobile Internet Bundles. Still, the mobile network and coverage is pretty much the same in Baku and other cities. Also, you can use the WI-FI in business centers, cafes, restaurants, parks, and hotels.
Exchange and currency
The Azerbaijan Manat is the national currency of the country. Notably, the abbreviation for the Manat is AZN. While traveling around Azerbaijan card payments are available. However, we recommend you to carry cash too. You can exchange money at Currency exchange offices and banks. Moreover, you can also use MasterCard/Visa ATMs in major cities and towns.