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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

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory for AzerbaijanLevel 2: Reconsider Travel

Land border crossings remain closed at this time.
Negative COVID-19 test (PCR) is required for entry to the country.

The special quarantine regime will remain in effect until July 1, 2024, according to the decision by Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers. Effective May1, 2022 masks are no longer required (outdoor or indoor).  Most public transportation, including the Baku Metro, reopened on May 31 2021.  Shopping malls, religious worship places, beaches, swimming pools and gyms are reopened as of June 10 2021.

Isolation (quarantine) period of an individual tested COVID positive, as well as those who were in contact with her/him is reduced from 14 to 7 days.

Passengers over age of 18 must have a COVID-19 passport (or a document conforming full vaccination or immunity). Please, note that a negative PCR test is still required for all travelers over age 1, regardless of vaccination status.
Updated March 31, 2024.

National/Public Holidays in Azerbaijan in 2024

The list of national/public holidays (days off) in Azerbaijan:

January 1, 2 – New Year

January 20 – National Mourning Day

March 8- International Women’s Day

March 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 – Nowruz Holiday

April 10, 11 – Ramadan Holiday

May 9 – Victory Over Fascism

May 28 – Independence Day

June 15 – Day of National Salvation

June 16, 17 – Feast of Sacrifice

June 26 – Day of Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan

November 8 – Day of Victory

November 9 – Day of the State Flag

December 31 – Day of Solidarity of Azerbaijanis

In accordance with the Labor Code and relevant decisions of the Cabinet of Ministers the following dates are also non-working days in 2024: January 3,4,5, March 25, 26, June 18, 19 and November 11.

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