Check your visa duration.
If you get your Azerbaijan visa in Tbilisi check and make sure your duration is 30 days like it should be. Mine was 4, didn't noticed till they wouldn't let me on my non refundable flight.(Baltic Air is a great company though they tried to help, and the flight director gave us a ride back to the city). the application asks how long you plan on staying, i guess they think that means duration of visa... just check all documents!
Watch your step!
I've read, I was warned but not till I saw it for myself did I realize how many hazards there were for the simple pedestrian. Broken sidewalks, remains of poles only inches above ground, missing manhole covers- you name it and it's there to trip you and ruin your travels. This can be said for the entire Caucus Region so please take note.Related to:
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Walking can be hazardous to your health
Two things about walking in Baku. The cars are crazy on certain streets. It's still a bit disorganized. Also, watch out for those basement entrances that line every sidewalk. They aren't railed off and one misstep could turn out to be your last. It's a great walking city nonetheless. It sort of reminded me of Barcelona.
Walking can be hazardous to your health
Two things about walking in Baku. The cars are crazy on certain streets. It's still a bit disorganized. Also, watch out for those basement entrances that line every sidewalk. They aren't railed off and one misstep could turn out to be your last.
If you are traveling to one of the regions to Azerbaijan and the road is long, guess you may want to use the toilet. Well, there are really no public toilets outside Baku unfortunately so you will either have to stop by a restaurant or chaykhana (tea-house) to use their restroom. They may not always be clean so my advice is that you stop as soon as you hit an Azpetrol fuel station! You will recognize them by their bright green & white colors. Do not hesitate to ask for the key (sometimes the toilets are locked) from any employee even if you are not buying their fuel. But at least the toilets are much cleaner and luckily there is AzPetrol gas station all over Azerbaijan...Related to:
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Tips for your Azerbaijani visa
Nothing is dangerous when you enter Azerbaijan but there are some things you should know! Yes, we do require visas for everyone except the citizens of CIS countries (Turkmenistan and Armenia excl). However, you do not need an invitation letter or anything to receive the visa. The tourist visa costs $20 and a regular visa is $40 - both are valid for one month. But you must tell the guy at the window that you want a one-month visa otherwise you may end up with a one-week visa. Also you must have a tourist voucher in order to get the $20 visa. I mean you must come here thru one of the tour operators. Also make sure to have 2 passport size photos with you upon arrival. Otherwise the "Polaroid guy" will charge you $6 for taking your picture. But if you want to avoid all of this, of course you can obtain your visa in advance from our embassy in the capital of your country :)))Related to:
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Places to avoid
Don't try to go to Karabagh region...it has been occupied by Armenia for many years, and the last thing this area needs is tourists poking their noses in! Also try not to bring up the subject of Nagorno Karabagh, unless you are willing to join in a very biased argument. Don't go too close to the borders with Daghestan (Russia)....this effectively rules out any independent trekking, as there are no maps, and it would be easy to cross a border without realising! Zaqatala region apparently has political problems at the moment...according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, political unrest started there just after I left, but whether anyone from the FCO has actually been there is another question. Theft is not a problem, and neither is terrorism....everyone is very friendly towards foreigners, although they can be very unhelpful at times...but in a friendly sort of way! Some of the buses should have health warnings on them, as should some of the hotels! Don't drink the tap water...that is if you happen to have a tap...even if you do, there probably won't be much water coming from it...mineral water is cheap and available everywhere.
Oh yes, carry a torch with you...I forgot mine, so power cuts caused nightly entertainment trying to find my way back to my accommodation. And watch out for potholes!
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