Azerbaijan Local Customs

  • Cats in front of my accommodation
    Cats in front of my accommodation
  • Cat at Taza Bazaar
    Cat at Taza Bazaar
  • Heydar Aliyev billboard at the train station
    Heydar Aliyev billboard at the train...

Azerbaijan Local Customs

  • Visas

    You will likely need a visa to travel to Azerbaijan. In addtion to the already usual application forms & 2 photos necessary for the Georgian and Armenian visas, the Azeri one needs a letter of invitation (LOI) from Azerbaijan. Travel agencies sell this kind of document. Simply google "LOI Azerbaijan visa". I used the services of Caucasus Travel,...

  • Aliyev dynasty

    Along with quite a few other countries in Central Asia (Syria, Turkmenistan, North Korea, Iraq under Saddam), the cult of personality regarding the ruling leaders is present in Azerbaijan as well, though at a lower scale than in its neighbours – all “reduces” to huge pictures, posters and billboards on building facades, on the roads, railway...

  • What about this map?

    Karabakh and Armenia are delicate issues, better don't mention them at all in superficial interactions with the Azeris.Beware of what maps of Armenia you have with you and where you have them. If the map shows Nagorno-Karabakh as a part of Armenia, not only you'll get it confiscated, but you can find yourself in never ending explanations and...


    Well, officially you need a letter of invitation to get an Azeri visa. I think this rule is strictly enforced by Azeri embassies in Europe, but in Georgia it seems little more than a rule made to be broken. One traveller I met made a reservation at the Hyatt hotel in Baku, receiving a letter of invitation from them a day later....once his visa was...

  • Just take off your shoes :-)

    I am Azeri, so I thought I'd share with you one of the local customs that you don't come across in a lot of western countries. It is a custom to take off your shoes when you enter someone's house in Azerbaijan. Instead, you'll be offered slippers to walk around the house so you won't feel uncomfortable. By the way, don't be surprised if the tea is...

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