Austin Hotel Baku

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Nizami str. 58, Baku, AZ 1095, Azerbaijan
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  • Solo100
  • Business76

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Letter of invitation

by Prunedezil

Hello, thanks for the answers to my last question!
I have another question with which some of you might be able to help me again. We are looking into the details on how to get the visa for Azerbaijan, and it appears that we need a letter of invitation. Several agencies provide these letters but the price they ask is absolutely crazy. Would anyone have an idea on how to get a letter of invitation at a reasonable price? Also, do you know if we need two letters or we can have one letter inviting both of us?
Many thanks in advance for your help!!
Prune

Re: Letter of invitation

by george5b

Ther reason for the price increase is that all LOI now need to be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is a major hassle to arrange.
You could definately have one letter inviting you both, but whether or not that will cost you less that two separate letters is up to the travel agency.

Re: Letter of invitation

by wrangler_blk

An invitation letter is a sponsor letter from somebody who invites u to the country and are responsible for ur being there...
That's still wanted in many countries of Ex-USSR as well as some Asian countries.. I also have met those requirements while traveling but cannot go across it.
But by the way some of countries of Ex-USSR like Kazakhstan eased requirements and lifted the sponsor or invitation letter for some countries in Europe, the Far East, America... or like Russia, they signed bilaterial agreement of entry procedure with EU and also eased that requirement...
So... better u check internet and it depends on ur nationality.
Try www.projectvisa.com and find Azerbajgan.. then go to official government website.. link is provided there!
P.S. Ask ur hotel in Baku. They can do that too... i think!
Gud luck!

Re: Letter of invitation

by Fluffy_bunny

http://www.travelazerbaijan.land.ru/ is a new company that says they'll do it for Euro20. But i don't know if i'd trust them. www.azerbaijan24.com does it for $75. The most reliable www.stantours.com does it for $125. Visas are still being issued at the airport without supporting documentation (although this could change at any time)

Re: Letter of invitation

by stive_oconnel

Hello!

The agency http://www.travelazerbaijan.land.ru/ can not be new, cos i have been in Baku several years ago and used their service of LOI ( i got it by 20$ ad got my visa on the basis of it at Baku airport) and rented short term accommodation on NIZAMI street by 30 manats per night.

To make people to pay 75 manats for azeri LOI (for the sheet of paper) like other agencies do - it is really crime!!!

Travel Tips for Baku

The best view of the city

by maykal

Baku (spelt Baki (with an undotted Turkish i) in Azeri) is a pleasant city situated on the Caspian Sea. For a panoramic view over the whole city, the best place to go is Martyrs' Lane (see below) on top of the hill to the south-west of the centre...walk along the sea-front until you find a disused funicular railway, and take the steps to the top.

Pulbic displays of affection

by dflewellen

It is disconcerting to see men kiss affectionately, even on the lips sometimes. But it is quite obvious does not involve the implications or social comment it would make in the States. It's reallly quite charming and innocent. Do not make assumptions about male sexual orientation because of this. It could cause you serious problems. This is primarily a Muslim country and they have no sense of humor about mistakes in that area.

by train from Tbilisi

by josephescu

From T'bilisi (17,15) to Baku (9,00 next day) 80 lari/40 euros first class, second class about 50 lari. First class means 2 bed compartments, sealed windows, air con in the morning, but no water in the stinky toilet. The wagons' attendant usually requires some small change "for the sheets".
The journey includes:
- 2-3 hours stay at the border
- no smoking on the corridor
- receiving food and drinks from friendly local travellers
- passing through Mad Max type scenery in the afternoon
- filling in applications in Georgian letters

Old market square

by josephescu

Near Maiden's Tower, the old market square features an exhibition of sculptures of animals and carved stone blocks inscribed with Arabic calligraphy, probably found during various excavation works performed in the surrounding area.
In a good old tradition deemed to maintain the flavour of the area, carpet sellers expose their merchandise on the nearby streets.
There even is a Flying carpet shop, whose carpets, hang around the walls, have slight movements in the morning breeze. Haven't asked for the price, but would imagine such features come with an extra :-)

Armenian church

by josephescu

Back in 1998, before the war with Armenia, there were as many as 200.000 Armenians living in Baku, thus making it the city with one of the largest Armenian communities abroad.

Now, the only thing that remains is the Armenian church near the Fountain square – crosses and bells down, entrance and windows walled, fences ironed.

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