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Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.

We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change – it’s important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies for up to date information.

If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport. Contact us for further information.


Most nationalities require a visa to visit Azerbaijan. Most also require a Letter of Invitation in order to apply although this can depend on where your application is made. Visa rules for Azerbaijan are constantly changing and embassy staff often find it hard to keep up with or know how to interpret them. The following information was current at the time of writing. You will need to check with the embassy where you will apply for specific information and costs.

Visa on Arrival:
It is no longer possible to get a visa on arrival at Baku Airport or at any land border into Azerbaijan. All travellers must apply for their Single Entry Tourist Visa to Azerbaijan in advance.

Applying for an E-Visa:
From March 2013 Azerbaijan has introduced an e-visa system. This is an online process, with the visa emailed to you as a PDF attachment that you will need to print out. This visa enables entry to Azerbaijan at any border point, land or air and is issued strictly for the dates your documents show only. The e-visa costs US$100 and takes up to 15 days to be processed.


Almost all foreign visitors require a visa to enter Iran.

Iranian visas are issued in a two step process:
1. An authorisation code for your visa must be issued by the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2. A visa for your passport must then be obtained at an Iranian Embassy once the authorisation code has been issued


All visitors to Uzbekistan require a visa. Most nationalities will need a Letter of Invitation  in order to apply for your visa. Citizens of Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, UK & USA do not currently need a LOI to apply for a tourist visa if applying within their home country; however this information is subject to change at short notice so we recommend checking with the embassy before you travel. If applying for a visa outside of your country of residency, a Letter of Invitation will be required. In order for us to apply for the Letter of Invitation on your behalf, we will need the the following information and documents


Australia: Yes – in advance / Belgium: Yes – in advance / Canada: Yes – in advance / Germany: Yes – in advance / Ireland: Yes – in advance / Netherlands: Yes – in advance / New Zealand: Yes – in advance / South Africa: Yes – in advance / Switzerland: Yes – in advance / United Kingdom: Yes – in advance / USA: Yes – in advance

Most nationalities require a visa to visit Kazakhstan.


Many nationalities no longer require a visa to travel to Kyrgyzstan for up to 60 days, including Australia, Belgium, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, USA and Switzerland. Other nationalities should check with their nearest embassy. Nationals of other countries not listed should check their requirements at their nearest embassy.


Almost everyone needs a visa to enter Mongolia. A 30 day visa costs approximately USD$50 and up, depending on your passport.


All visitors to Turkmenistan require a visa. You will need a Letter of Invitation in order to apply for your visa.

Visas on Arrival – Air: Travellers arriving into Saparmurat Turkmenbashy International Airport can obtain their visa on arrival at the airport. You will require a printed copy of your Letter of Invitation that includes your exact flight details. Costs will depend on your nationality (currently approximately US$85) and payment must be in cash.

Other: In all other circumstances you must obtain your visa from an embassy before your travel. On arrival in Turkmenistan you will be required to fill out an immigration card which must be kept for your entire journey.