Area:86,600 sq.km (33,400 sq miles)

Population:8,202,500 (Official Estimate 2002)

Capital:Baku. Population: 2,500,000 (2001)

Government:Democratic Republic. Azerbaijan gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Head of State: President Ilham Aliev since October 2003.

Language:Azerbaijani. Russian is widely spoken; English may be spoken in Baku and other main centers.

Religion:Mostly Shia Muslim, although there are Russian Orthodox and Jewish communities.



Telephone:IDD is available to anywhere in Azerbaijan. County code: 994. International calls from Azerbaijan may be dialed directly from Baku; calls from other parts of the republic must be made through the operator.

Mobile phone:GSM 900 network covers the capital and main towns. Network operators include Azercell (www.azercell.com), Bakcell and CATEL.

Internet:Access is widely available in Baku and other main towns. Local ISPs include AdaNet (www.azdata.net), Azerin (www.azerin.com), AzEuroTel (http://www.azeurotel.com/), Azeronline (www.azeronline.com) and Bakinternet (www.bakinter.net)

Fax:Services are widely available especially at international hotels.

Post:International postal services are sometimes disrupted. Delays occur, although letters should normally take 10 and 14 days to arrive. Parcels should be registered or sent by courier services to accelerate the process, and ensure against loss.


Generally very warm, but low temperatures can occur, particularly in the mountains and valleys. Most of the rainfall is in the west. In general, the best time to visit is mid April through October when days are warm or hot (highs in the 70s and 80s F/21-30C).

MoneyCurrency: Manat (AZN). Notes are in doniminations are of AZN 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1.

Currency Exchange: US Dollar, Pound Sterling, Euro are the proffered currencies and can be exchanged at the airport, bureau change, all hotels, some restaurants and major banks. Travelers are advised to take banknotes in small denominations and change small amounts of money as required. Rates offered by banks and exchange are unlikely to vary significantly.

Credit & Debit Cards: The credit cards are accepted in the major hotels, travel agencies, some restaurants, and all banks in Baku.

Travellers cheques: Generally accepted in the major banks.

Banking hours: Mon-Fri 09.30-17.30.

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Azerbaijan by persons aged over 16 years without incurring customs duty: 1000 cigarrettes or 1000g tabocco products; 1.5L of spirits and 2L of wine; a reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use; goods up to a value of USD10.,000.

Note: On the entering the country, tourists must complete a customs declaration form that must be retained until departure. This allows the import of articles intended for personal use, including currency and valuables that must be registered on the declaration form.

Prohibited imports: Weapons and ammunition, narcotics, live animals (subject to special permit), photographs and printed material against Azerbaijan, fruit and vegetables.

Prohibited exports: Weapons and ammunition, precious metals, works of art and antiques and furs.

National Holidays
Jan 1 New Year’s day
Mar 8 International Women’s Day.
Mar 20-21 Novruz Bayrami
May 9 Victory Day
May 28 Republic Day
Jun 15 National Salvation Day
Jun 26 National Army Day
Oct 18 State Independence Day
Nov 12 Constitution Day
Nov 17 National Reviaval Day
Dec 31 Solidarity Day of All Azeri people
Religious Holidays
Ramazan Bayrami The days is moved from
Gurban Bayrami year to year
Memorable Days
Jan 20 Memorial Day of Victims
Feb 26 Memorial Day of Khodjali
Mar 31 The Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis
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