Customs Regulations

The usual restrictions apply (200 cigarettes, two bottles of alcohol, other goods up to the value of US$5000) and there’s no currency declaration. If you plan to take something out of the country considered to be of cultural, historical or national value (eg a rug, a samovar or similar), a certificate is required from the Ministry of Culture. You’ll find it’s much easier if the shop you bought the item from arranges the permit for you, or if you can speak Armenian. Otherwise the bureaucracy can be quite baffling.

Visas

Visitors from the US and from EU countries can visit Armenia for up to 180 days without a visa; citizens from most other countries can obtain an Armenian visa when entering the country.

Visa Options

Visitors from the US and from EU countries can visit Armenia for up to 180 days without a visa; they will need to present a passport at entry points, though. See www.mfa.am/en/visa/for a list of eligibile nationalities, and also for a list of those nationalities whose citizens must obtain an invitation from an Armenian embassy or consulate overseas before visiting Armenia. It is generally safe to assume that if your country does not appear on the list of invitation-only countries, you will be able to obtain an Armenian visa when entering the country. In these instances, a 21-day tourist visa will cost AMD3000 and a 120-day visas will cost AMD15,000. Visas are free for eligible children under 18 years of age. You’ll need one empty page in your passport for the visa and you must also pay in dram (moneychangers are available at border points and next to the visas booth at the airport, which is in the hall before the immigration booths).

Don't overstay your visa – a fine of AMD50,000 to AMD100,000 will be levied at your exit point if you do, and you will be unable to re-enter the country for one year.

Visa Extensions

You can get a visa extension at the Passport and Visa Office (www.police.am) in the district of Davtashen, northwest of the city centre.

Visas for Onward Travel

Georgia Citizens of more than 90 countries and territories, listed at www.geoconsul.gov.ge, can enter Georgia without a visa for stays of up to one year. Citizens of EU countries may enter Georgia with a national identity card instead of a passport if they wish; other nationalities must carry their passport. Non-visa-free nationalities should organise a visa through Georgia's e-visa portal (www.evisa.gov.ge).

Iran It is now officially possible to obtain 15-day tourist visas on arrival at the airports in Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz and Mashad (the visas are not available at the land border). However, there are 11 countries whose nationals are not eligible for this, including those of the US, UK, Canada and India. The Iranian embassy in Yerevan provides visas only after you have received approval from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and for this you’ll need to go through a travel agent. The whole process will take a minimum of 20 days and the embassy will charge AMD20,000 for a reference code on top of the visa charge. Tatev Travel in Yerevan can assist you with the process and with onward travel.

Turkey Though the land border between Armenia and Turkey is not open, it is possible to fly between Yerevan and İstanbul. Turkish visas must be obtained before arrival; see www.evisa.gov.tr.