Azerbaijan plans to issue multiple electronic visas
The Azerbaijani government plans to start issuing multiple-entry short-term tourist e-visas as part of a strategy to expand tourism.
According to Fariz Jafarov, the Head of the Azerbaijan’s E-government Development Center, new multiple entry visas will be issued for 180 days. During this period, a tourist can visit the country several times.
Single entry e-visas, which are currently issued, allow visitors from 94 countries to stay for a maximum of 30 days.
The tourism industry has been on an upward trend in Azerbaijan over the past few years, thanks to new developments in the hospitality sector and tourism infrastructure.
In early 2018, pre-visit visa application requirements for visiting Azerbaijan were lifted for some countries, as electronic visa issuance service came online at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku.
As a result, the number of foreigners and stateless persons entering Azerbaijan hit a new record, reaching nearly 2.85 million in 2018 and showing a 5.7 percent increase from the total figure for 2017. Every tenth tourist in Azerbaijan throughout the year was from a Gulf country, such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar.