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
In Azerbaijan, the number of infected with COVID-19 has reached to 400, five death cases have been confirmed as of April 2. Fully recuperated 26 people were released home after spending some time in the special hospital under quarantine.
Borders are currently closed to passenger traffic. Citizens of Azerbaijan are permitted to return home accross the border from neighboring counrtries and vice-versa. Flights into and out of Azerbaijan are extremely limited.
All kindergartens, schools and universities are closed since March 3. Some private schools offer online classes. State TV broadcasts classes for pupils who attend government schools. All public events have been cancelled. Country scale preventive disinfection measures are taking place.
On March 31, the Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers instituted additional isolasion measures to decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmisson among the public:
– People are required to stay inside. People are allowed to leave home only in case of urgent medical need, impending danger, or if visiting groceries and pharmacies.
– Cinemas, theatres, museums, fun and sports centers/gyms are closed. All wedding ceremonies have been cancelled starting from March 16th
– All ceremonies and public gatherings are prohibited except for burials
– All business or personal trips of public and private workers including government officials are restricted
Violators of quarantine rules are subjected to punitive measures.
On March 20, Government announced prolongation of the Special Regime till April 29. Entering and leaving Baku and Sumgait is prohibited as of March 24th. Updated April 2, 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