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Update on COVID-19 in Azerbaijan

ARISC is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Azerbaijan, and following local regulations in a rapidly changing environment. Following local policies and recommendations, our representative is working remotely. You can reach her by email: Leyla Rustamli

In Azerbaijan, the number of infected with COVID-19 has reached to 35986, there have been 527 death cases as of August 29. Number of fully recovered people is 33461.

“Special commercial flights” and charter flights routinely fly in and out of Baku. This “special flight regime” is expected to last through October, 2020.

Land border crossings remain closed at this time.
Citizens of Azerbaijan are permitted to return home accross the border from neighboring counrtries and vice-versa. 
US. citizens with legal residency in Azerbaijan are permitted to enter the country by air.

Negative COVID-19 test (PCR) is required for entry to the country.
Health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry.
All arrivals to Azerbaijan, including U.S. citizens, are required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine in their own accommodation, regardless of travel origin.
If passengers display symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival, they may be required to stay in a state quarantine facility for the 14-day quarantine period.

Limited public transportation is available in Baku. Until August 31, 2020, buses will only function during the week (not on Saturday and Sunday).  The Baku Metro is closed until August 31.

The authorities have extended the ‘quarantine regime’ in Azerbaijan to 31 August.

Additional restrictions are in place in: Baku, Jalilabad, Ganja, Masalli, Mingachevir, Sumgayit, Yevlakh, as well as the districts of Absheron, Barda, Goranboy, Goygol, Khachmaz and Salyan. From the 5 August, you are no longer required to register on the government’s database or gain SMS approval to move within the quarantine zones listed above. 

The wearing of face masks is mandatory in public places. There are fines for violations which are doubled for repeated violations. 

Cinemas, theatres, museums, fun and sports centers/gyms are closed. Wedding ceremonies have been cancelled starting from March 16th and all public gatherings are prohibited except for burials.

All kindergartens, schools and universities are closed since March 3. Country scale disinfection measures are regularly taking place.
Non-compliance with the rules regarding social distancing, movement restrictions, mask mandates, and gathering in groups of more than five can result in fines up to 200 AZN. Updated August 29, 2020.

Representative for Azerbaijan (Azerbaijan “at” arisc. org)

Leyla Rustamli received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and International Law from Azerbaijan University of Languages in 2006 and her Master’s degree from Baku State University in 2009, majoring on Middle Eastern countries. She has been the awardee of the fellowship to study at the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) for Graduate Student Program in 2007-2008 academic years. Her research interests include security issues of Middle Eastern countries with a focus on Israel, transnational terrorism, ethnic and national conflicts and peace study. She attended Peace Research Courses of Oslo University (Norway) in summer 2014. Leyla started her career as an instructor at the International Relations Department of Azerbaijan University of Languages (AUL) in 2009. She currently is a faculty member of the International Relations Department of AUL. Throughout May – September 2009 and January – August 2010 she has been the country representative of ARISC in Azerbaijan. She also taught in Middle Eastern Program at Baku State University in 2009-2010. At the moment she is a PhD candidate at the Philosophy, Sociology and Law Institute of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

ARİSC in Azerbaijan 

Although ARISC has not yet fully established itself in Azerbaijan we offer many free services for visiting US scholars. These include but not limited to assistance with:
– lodging
– transportation in Baku and regions
– information for visa application
– orientation for libraries and archives
– establishing links with local scholars
– networking with other American scholars.

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Orientation in Baku, Azerbaijan

Inclusion of the links below does not imply affiliation with ARISC nor the endorsement of views appearing on these sites.

A wide range of information regarding accommodation, transportation, cuisine/food, visa requirements etc. can be found at this website

Taxi service at

Restaurants and cafes with national Azerbaijani and world cuisine at

Flats for rent for a longer stay at

Translation services and professional translators here

This is a very brief description of our services and limited list of helpful website links. Please feel free to contact us for further assistance.

ARISC Azerbaijan also organizes lectures of US scholars in Baku and Reading Groups where American scholars meet with fellow Americans and local Azerbaijani scholars and students. We look forward to see you in our events and/or organize your talk.

Government Related

Embassy of Azerbaijan, Washington D.C.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences


Information related to regional culture and museums.

Azerbaijan National Library
Baku State University Library
Library of ADA University
Library of Azerbaijan State University of Economics
Library Information Center of Azerbaijan University of Languages
Baku Slavic University Library
Azerbaijan National Committee of International Council of Museums
Azerbaijan State Museum of Musical Culture
Abdulla Shaig’s Apartment Museum
Atiga Izmailova
House Museum of Huseyn Javid
Home-Museum of Leopold and Mstislav Rostropovich
Museum Center of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Azerbaijan Republic
Samad Vurgun Home-Museum
State Museum of Azerbaijan Carpet and Applied Art
Uzeir Hajibeyov Home-Museum