Known as a beautiful and historically religious country, Armenia, which was part of the former Soviet Union, has made strides to modernize in recent years. For travellers, the appeal is not only found in the country’s ancient monasteries, candlelit churches and high-walled forts, but also in the people and the culture. You can spend your time in large hotels in big cities such as Sevan or Yerevan, or immerse yourself in local culture in smaller rural towns. Whether you are planning to visit family, are travelling for business or vacation, travel insurance is a must.
Advice for travelling to Armenia
Canadians must have a passport and a visa to visit the country, and your passport must be valid for at least six months after your anticipated departure date. You need a transit visa for stays of up to three days and a visitor visa for stays of up to 120 days. If you will be travelling for tourism or business, you can obtain the visa at the Armenian embassy in Canada or on arrival at the airport.
Some parts of Armenia can be dangerous. It’s recommended that you avoid the border at Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding areas, and take extra precautions near all land borders.
Do your best to blend in with the locals or you could be targeted for pickpocketing. Demonstrations are also known to occur, and they can turn violent. Avoid them if possible. Armenian authorities often conduct identity checks, so make sure to have a copy of your passport with you at all times. Keep all valuables in a safe during your stay.
When you arrive at the airport, it’s recommend that you arrange to be met there and taken to your destination. The country’s economy is largely cash-based, so it’s recommended that you travel with cash. The currency used is the Armenian dram (AMD), but the US dollar and credit cards are accepted at most hotels.
Armenia is located in an active seismic zone, and landslides are possible. The best time of the year to visit is September to November, when warm days and stable weather are the norm. Check the local weather forecast when you book and before you leave for your trip.
Top attractions in Armenia
Some of the top places to visit include Tatev monastery, Karahunj Observatory (known as the Armenian Stonehenge), Lesser Caucasus Mountains, Garni ruins, the Cascade, Khor Virap monastery, Republic Square, the monastery of Geghard and Tsitsernakaberd (the Armenian Genocide Museum).
Travel insurance for trips to Armenia
Travel insurance is essential for trips to Armenia. Considering the country’s political climate, potential danger zones and proximity to other countries in similar situations, travel insurance gives you the peace of mind in knowing you can get travel assistance if you need it. Contact Blue Cross today to get a free quote for travel insurance for your trip to Armenia.
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