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A country that was known for tourism in the 1980s is now making a comeback. Located south of Russia and north of Iran, with Armenia and Georgia to the west and the Caspian Sea to the east, the country lacked a tourism identity due to political tension and hostility in the region. Since the early 2000s, Azerbaijan has taken big strides to becoming a popular destination for travellers, and it is gaining notoriety for being a spa, religious and health care tourism spot. With the region’s ancient history and the country’s investment in modern technologies, the country now offers tourists a great blend of modern entertainment and attractions, and cultural historical sites. Whether you are coming for the history or recent developments, travel insurance should be part of your trip planning to ensure you can get travel assistance if you need it.

Travel tips and advice for Azerbaijan

If you are planning to visit Azerbaijan, make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your anticipated departure date. All travellers must have a visa to enter the country, and it must be obtained before leaving Canada. If you plan to stay in the country for longer than three days, you must register with the police when you arrive and get your passport stamped.

Personal safety is important. There is political hostility in Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding areas, and political demonstrations are common and can become violent. Muggings are also common in popular tourist spots. Avoid walking alone and keep your passport and valuables in a secured place at all times.

An international driving permit is required if you plan on driving. Since the country is a secular state, it’s important to dress and behave discreetly and respect all religious customs to avoid offending the locals.

The country operates on a cash-based economy, and the Azerbaijani manat (AZN) is the official currency. You can exchange US dollars on arrival, and credit cards are accepted in Baku.

Places to visit in Azerbaijan

The country is known for its historical monuments, national parks and museums. Some of the most popular monuments include the Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower, Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, Ateshgah of Baku, Sheki Khan’s palace and Mardakan Castle.

Azerbaijan is also known for its biodiversity, which can be seen in its eight national parks, including Zangezur, Ag-Gol, Shirvan, Hirkan, Altiaghach, Shahdag, Absheron and Göygöl. The country is also known for its dozens of museums in major cities such as Baku, Ganja, Nakhchivan, Lankaran and Sheki.

Travel insurance for trips to Azerbaijan

With the potential dangers in the surrounding area, and being so far away from home, it’s vital to have a comprehensive travel insurance policy you can rely on. You never know what could happen when you’re travelling – trip delays, natural disasters, political hostility, lost baggage. Blue Cross has you covered for all of these and more. Call us today to get a quote for travel insurance for your trip to Azerbaijan.

General Azerbaijan Canada
Continent: Europe
Population (2012): 9,295,784 34,754,312 (2012)
Area (km2): 866 9,984,670
Capital: Baku
Currency: Manat
Official language(s): Azerbaijani
Drive: Right
Diesel (2012): 0.57 1.23 (2012)
Gasoline (2012): 0.76 1.23 (2013)

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