Azerbaijan welcomes back Russian tourists starting today

Azerbaijan welcomes back Russian tourists starting today

Azerbaijan has opened the country’s doors to vaccinated or recovered citizens of Turkey and Russia starting on June 10. 

The Operative Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers of Azerbaijan made the relevant decision last week, explaining it with positive dynamics observed in the epidemiological situation in both countries.

According to the decision, upon arrival in Azerbaijan, travelers from Russia and Turkey should submit a certificate that would provide proof that they have been vaccinated or have recovered from the disease. In addition, they will have to provide evidence of negative tests for coronavirus carried out no later than 72 hours before departure. 

Travelers under 18 will need to submit only a negative PCR test result, head of the State Migration Service Vusal Huseynov said.

All airlines operating direct flights to Azerbaijan must register only passengers who meet the relevant requirements. Passengers who do not comply with the requirements are not allowed to enter the country and will be returned on the same aircraft at the carrier’s expense.

Since early 2020, Azerbaijan has shut down its borders with other countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The opening of flights from Russia to Azerbaijan, according to some experts, could offer a new transit hub for the Russian tourists willing to travel to Turkey. 

The Russian government has recently extended the restrictions on direct flights from Russia to Turkey until June 21 due to what was explained as an “alarming coronavirus situation” in Turkey. Russia first imposed a ban on flights to Turkey on April 15.