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 11767, there have been 143 death cases as of June 20. Number of fully recovered people is 6325.
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 no longer available.
The special quarantine regime in Azerbaijan is prolonged till August 1, 2020. Besides, as of June 21, 00:00 till July 5, 6:00 PM the Government of Azerbaijan will implement stricter rules requiring people to stay inside and to monitor citizen movements. This decision applies to Baku, Sumgait, Ganja, Lankaran, Yevlakh, Masalli and Jalilabad cities. According to the new restrictions, citizens need to obtain permission by sending a text message in order to leave home for essential trips, including visits to grocery stores, pharmacies, medical facilities, and banks. Individuals must send 1 to leave home for medical care, 2 for trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, bank, or post office, and 3 to attend funerals. Foreigners temporarily staying in Azerbaijan can obtain an identification number from the State Migration Service (SMS) online. Foreigners must then text the number indicating the reason for their departure from home plus either their temporary or permanent residence number (e.g. MYI/DYI 11111111) or the identification number provided online by the SMS to the number 8103. A text granting permission will come within one hour. Individuals are allowed to be away from home for three hours when using code “1” or “2”. Police verifies this information when conducting checks on the street and individulals are required to take thier ID cards while out.
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. Private schools offer online classes. State TV broadcasts classes for pupils who attend government schools. Country scale disinfection measures are regularly taking place.
Violators of quarantine rules are subjected to punitive measures. Updated June 20, 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