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 Azerbaijan@arisc.org
Azerbaijan has acknowledged that community spread of the COVID-19 virus is occurring and that COVID-19 infections are present in all regions of Azerbaijan. All land and air traffic in and out of Azerbaijan remains closed. Special, private, and charter flights continue to operate, and can be booked by individual travelers through the airline.
U.S. citizens with legal residency in Azerbaijan are permitted to enter the country by air. Land border crossings remain closed at this time. In Azerbaijan, the number of infected with COVID-19 has reached to 226549, there have been 2983 death cases as of January 5. Number of fully recovered people is 213773.
Citizens of Azerbaijan are permitted to return home accross the border from neighboring counrtries and vice-versa.
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.
The military curfew is lifted as of December 11. A tightening of the special quarantine regime will be applied throughout the country from 00:00 on 14 December 2020 to 00:00 on 18 January 2021. Pharmacies and grocery stores remain open.
Between December 14, 2020 and January 18, 2021, movement into and out of the following cities and regions is prohibited, unless one is working for an entity or organization that qualifies for an exception, and only if your information has been entered by your employer into the “icaze.e-gov.az” portal: Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Mingachevir, and Shirvan, as well as the Absheron region and the Lankaran, Masalli, Jalilabad, Sheki, Zagatala, Guba, Khachmaz, Yevlakh, Barda, Bilasuvar and Ismayilli district centers (except villages and settlements). In these same cities and regions, an SMS-permission system to leave one’s place of residence will be in effect between December 14, 2020 and January 18, 2021. SMS-permission can be issued once a day for 3 hours, and is required to leave one’s residence to purchase food and other daily necessities and medicines (from grocery stores, supermarkets, markets and pharmacies), to use public services, banking, postal and other services, as well as for urgent medical necessity or scheduled treatment. Quarantine regime restrictions can change quickly.
Restrictions on public transport on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the country, as well as restrictions on passenger transportation in the Baku metro is extended until 06:00, 31 January 2021.
All kindergartens, schools and universities are closed since March 3, 2020. 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 January 15, 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:
– transportation in Baku and regions
– information for visa application
– orientation for libraries and archives
– establishing links with local scholars
– networking with other American scholars.
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.
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
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