Tips for travel to Azerbaijan
With 9 out of 11 of the world's climatic zones, Azerbaijan's untouched nature, mineral springs and a unique ancient architecture attracts visitors from all over the world, in both the summer and winter months. Azerbaijan's rich historical, cultural and natural heritage make it a truly outstanding and unique destination. Here are a few health tips to ensure you have a safe and pleasant trip.
Before travel if you have an existing medical condition make sure to get medical advice from your doctor and make the necessary preparations.
According to www.who.int/ith there are no specific recommendations for vaccinations.
Make sure that your medical insurance provides coverage for the cost of treatment in Azerbaijan. Clarify whether your insurance policy includes medical transportation to your home country if necessary.
If during the trip you will need to take any kind of medication, don’t forget make copy of necessary prescriptions or collect medicines in your first aid kit and check that you able to bring it into the Azerbaijan.
For medical emergency, please call: 103
To get extra information related to health, medical facilities and pharmacies call the hotline of the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan: 9103
All numbers are available for calls from mobile phones as well as from land lines.
All pharmacies of Baku and other cities marked by the following identification symbol.
Hotline service of Ministry of Health of_ the Azerbaijan Republic
Safe nutrition and water
Recommended by the WHO 5 key techniques to safer nutrition:
Keep the area clean
Separate raw foods from cooked
Cook food thoroughly
Keep food at safe temperatures
Use safe water and food
Remember that the national cuisine of Azerbaijan may be unfamiliar to you. Don’t drink from taps, use only bottled water.
What to do if you have diarrhea
Diarrhea (diarrhea) - the most common problem of travelers. At the first signs of diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids, in particular boiled or bottled water. Rehydration salts can also be purchased in pharmacies. Avoid drinking coffee, sugary drinks, and alcohol. If you suffer frequent and watery stools, immediately seek for medical help.
Swim in specially designated waters, where the lifeguard are available and the quality of water is monitored.
Banks and credit cards
There are a multitude of ATM machines located around Baku, most of which accept international debit and credit cards.
Larger bank branches are open Mondays to Saturdays (shorter day), but are closed on Sundays. Smaller branches are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. International credit and debit cards are accepted in most restaurants and larger shops.
The national currency is the Azerbaijani Manat (AZN).
One hundred Gepik (coins) equals one Manat, and Manat notes come in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 denominations.
It is not possible to exchange currency into Manat in countries other than Azerbaijan, so you will need to use the foreign exchange desk at the arrivals hall at the airport or withdraw from ATMs around the city.
The current currency of Central Bank of Azerbaijan can be checked daily on their website: http://en.cbar.az/.
Since exchange rates are not suitable at airport exchange desks, we recommend our guests to exchange of any currency into Manat in the banks and at post offices operating in the city.
Standard electrical power in Azerbaijan is 220v. Electrical equipment and appliances use the standard European 220-240v two-pin plug. The power outlet type C, E and F is used in Azerbaijan.
Gratuities and tipping
Tipping is not expected across Azerbaijan but is commonplace in Baku. Occasionally a service charge is included on the bill, particularly in more established hotels and restaurants. Like any other place in the world, tipping for above-average service will be appreciated.
The official language is Azerbaijani but many people also speak Russian, Turkish and/or English.
The country is situated at the junction of moderate and subtropical zones, so the climate is varied. The average temperature in January varies from 3 to 10 degrees and reaches up to +26-40 degrees in July and August. The number of sunny hours reaches 2900 per year. There is little precipitation.
Office hours are officially 09:00 to 18:00 Mondays through Fridays. Banks operate from 09:00 to 18:00, while service hours are from 09:30 to 17:00. Shops generally open around 09:30 or 10:00 and close around 20:00. Shops are open seven days a week. Bars and restaurants are open until at least 23:00.
Smoking is not permitted in public areas across Azerbaijan, including most restaurants and bars. Smoking will not be permitted in private transfer vehicles and hotels as well, except for designated smoking areas.
VAT in Azerbaijan is similar to that in most European VAT systems, with tax levied on the supply of most goods and services and on the import of goods. VAT payers are entitled to recover the amount of VAT paid on purchases (input VAT) that exceeds the VAT received from their taxable supplies (output VAT).
The country code for Azerbaijan is 994 and the city code for Baku is 012. The international exit code for calling out of Azerbaijan is 00 and must be dialled before the relevant country code and telephone number. Azerbaijani mobile phone numbers have 10 digits and most mobile numbers start with 050, 051, 055 or 070. All 10 digits must be dialled for calls within Azerbaijan. For example: 050-123-XXXX. When calling from outside Azerbaijan, the country code then number minus the zero should be dialled. For example: +994-50-123-XXXX.
Azerbaijan is UTC+4 hours.
Briefly: all you need to know for visiting Azerbaijan
Do you need a visa, what documents are required? This page contains information that may be useful for a quick and easy guide in Azerbaijan.
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Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) is situated 15.5 miles east of Baku city center. It is served by major airlines including Aeroflot, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines. Most foreign visitors require a visa to enter Azerbaijan, obtainable from Azerbaijan consulates and consular offices abroad. Check visa requirements for your particular country well in advance of your trip.
TAXIS, SHUTTLE BUS, TRAIN
London-style purple cabs with taximeters zip you to the city center at a cost of around $30. A shuttle bus also runs once an hour between the Fairmont Baku and Azure Center.
International trains to Baku arrive regularly from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Kiev and Tbilisi.
Baku has a good, reliable public bus service that is reasonably priced – just 0.20 AZN, or roughly $0.25, per person per ride. Buses can take you to almost any destination within Baku. The newer buses are comfortable and spacious during the day, but morning and evening rush hours should be avoided due to the crowds of commuters. Destinations are usually posted on the front and right side of the bus.
Baku Metro, with 23 stops, is not just a form of transport, but an attraction in itself. Each station is adorned with fantastically ornate, sometimes garish designs glistening under brilliant chandeliers.
The best way to get around Baku city center is actually by foot. Fountains Square and Torgovaya (Nizami) Street are pleasant pedestrianized areas to stroll. The 2.3 mile long Baku Boulevard is a favorite place for locals, expats and visitors to promenade, rest and chat throughout the day and evening.
Baku Funicular is an alternative option for the hotels guests to get easily to the city center. It connects a square on Neftchilar Avenue and Martyrs' Lane. The use if free of charge and it is open from 10am to 10pm