Entry into the territory of the Republic of Armenia
Foreign citizens have the right to enter the territory of the Republic of Armenia with passports, visas and in some cases with a residence permit. On the basis of an agreement between the Republic of Armenia and a number of countries, such as The Russian Federation, The Ukraine, The Republic of Belarus, The Republic of Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and The Republic of Moldova, the citizens of these countries have the right to enter the territory of the Republic of Armenia without a visa and stay here no more than 180 (one hundred and eighty) days. After the expiration of 180 (one hundred and eighty) days should the citizens of the aforementioned states want to continue their stay in the Republic of Armenia, they must apply for a residence permit.
The legislation of the Republic of Armenia provides the following types of visas:
- A visitor’s visa which gives the right to stay in the territory of the Republic of Armenia for 120 (one hundred and twenty) days with a possible further extension of 60 (sixty) days. The purpose of this visa is tourism, visiting relatives, family reunion and/or participation in programs;
- An official visa;
- A diplomatic visa;
- A transit visa which can be extended for 15 (fifteen) days before it expires at the request of a foreign citizen. The application must be submitted to The Passport and Visa Department of the Police of the RA.
Visas for entry into the territory of the Republic of Armenia are provided by:
- The diplomatic and consular offices of the Republic of Armenia in foreign countries;
- At the checkpoint, IE: at the state border of the Republic of Armenia;
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia provides an electronic visa. The website: http://www.mfa.am
The procedure for obtaining a visa:
Documents required for obtaining a visa to enter the Republic of Armenia:
- An internationally recognized travel document, or certified passport with the period of validity exceeding the visa validity period by one month;
- An application for a visa in the English and/or the Armenian languages;
- If the visa is granted by the diplomatic and consular office of the Republic of Armenia in a foreign country, then the statement of the applicant must include a photograph size 35 x 45 mm;
- Under age (eighteen years) foreign national applying to obtain a visa to enter the Republic of Armenia must attach a document certifying that they are visiting a specific organization, or their parent(s), or their guardian(s);
- The receipt of payment of State duty.
By the decision of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, number N 329-N, dated April the 4th 2008 establishes the list of countries whose citizens can get an entry visa to the Republic of Armenia only via diplomatic representations and consular institutions of the Republic of Armenia in a foreign country and only when expressly invited.
Below is the list of these states:
Algeria; Angola; Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Benin; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Vietnam; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; The Democratic Republic of the Congo; Djibouti; The Arab Republic of Egypt; Zambia; Zimbabwe; The Cape Verde; Cameroon; Kenya; The Côte d’Ivoire; Comoros; The Congo; The Kingdom of Lesotho; Liberia; Libya; Mauritius; Mauritania; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; Nepal; Niger; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Rwanda; The Sao Tome and Principe; Saudi Arabia; Swaziland; Saint Helena; Seychelles; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Syria; Somalia; Sudan; Tanzania; Togo; Tunisia; Uganda; Central African Republic; Chad; Sri Lanka; The Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; South Sudan.
Citizens of the above countries who have documents proving their belonging and/or decent from an Armenian national, or confirming the presence of relatives holding Armenian nationality, may get a visa without a visa invitation letter.
The order of departure from the Republic of Armenia:
To exit from the country a foreign citizen needs the following documents:
- The passport;
- The certificate of legal residence, or stay in the territory of the Republic of Armenia.
A foreign citizen cannot leave the Republic of Armenia when:
- In relation to a criminal case, in which case he/she cannot leave the country until the investigation is completed;
- In relation to a court verdict barring exit from the country.