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 that's 50 years old or more (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 EU can stay for up to 180 days without a visa; citizens from most other countries can obtain a visa on entry.

Visa Options

While they don't need a visa for short trips, visitors from the US and EU countries will need to present a passport at entry points. See www.mfa.am/en/visa for a list of eligible nationalities, and also for a list of nationalities whose citizens must obtain an invitation from an Armenian embassy or consulate overseas before visiting Armenia.

Many countries who require a tourist visa can purchase one upon entry. A 21-day tourist visa will cost AMD3000 and a 120-day visa 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 (money changers are available at border points and next to the visas booth at the airport, which is in the hall before the immigration booths). Some nationalities, like Canada for instance, are instructed to purchase an e-visa (https://evisa.mfa.am) in advance of arrival which costs US$6 for a 21-day visa and US$31 for 120 days. Most visas are single-entry unless prearranged with an embassy.

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 for as long as 60 days at the Passport and Visa Office 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. Non-visa-free nationalities should organise a visa through Georgia's e-visa portal (www.evisa.gov.ge).

Iran It is 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 10 countries whose nationals are not eligible for this; the US, UK, Canada, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan and Somalia. Israeli passport holders or anyone with an Israeli stamp within 365 days will be refused entry. 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. Allow at least a month to complete the whole process 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.

Nagorno-Karabakh If in Armenia it is rather easy to visit the occupied territory known locally as Artsakh, despite it being internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan. Visas can be obtained at the border crossing or at the embassy in Yerevan; you'll need a passport, 3cm x 4cm photo and to fill in the visa application. Tourist visas are free for 21 days and rise to AMD20,000 for multi-entry over three months.

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.