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.
In Azerbaijan, the number of infected with COVID-19 has reached to 276464, there have been 3780 death cases as of April 8. Number of fully recovered people is 244540.
Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. 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.
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 special quarantine regime will remain in effect at least until June 1, 2021.
Restaurants and cafes are open as of February 1, 2021. Educational institutions in Baku, Sumgayit, Ganja, Sheki, and the Absheron district switched to distance learning as of April 5, 2021. Most other business and services are open, except shopping malls. Buses operate during weekdays but not weekends. The Baku metro remains closed. There are no restrictions on intercity travel. Masks are mandatory in all public places (both inside and outside), subject to fines.
Country scale disinfection measures are regularly taking place.
Non-compliance with the rules regarding social distancing, movement restrictions and mask mandates can result in fines up to 600 AZN. Updated April 8, 2021.
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