Nagorno-Karabakh Visa Information

Updated on 31 January 2016

Nagorno-Karabakh, or Artsakh, is a de-facto independent republic located in the South Caucasus, bordering Azerbaijan to the east, Armenia to the west, and Iran to the south. Populated predominantly by Armenians, then Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region of Azerbaijan SSR held a referendum and declared its independence in 1991, which resulted in a large-scale war. The ceasefire signed in 1994 defined the current borders of the state. Artsakh is known for its ancient cultural heritage, and its wild nature and hospitality attract more and more travelers every year. Currently, the only way to enter Nagorno-Karabakh is via Armenia. Foreign travelers are required to obtain entry visa.
Map of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, visa infomration

The entry of foreign citizens to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is allowed on the availability of valid foreign passports or other documents replacing them, an entrance visa of NKR, with payment of corresponding state customs.

Travelers can get their visa either in Yerevan, or Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Both options are fine, but if you prefer saving time, then I’d suggest to get it in Stepanakert. Note that if you choose to do so, then the first thing you should do upon arrival to the capital is to report yourself to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and get the visa.

To get visa in Yerevan:
-Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s Permanent Mission to the Republic of Armenia in Yerevan

Address: 17a Nairi Zaryan street, Yerevan
Phone: +37410 24 97 05

To get visa in Stepanakert:
-Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the NKR in Stepanakert

Address: 28 Azatamartikneri street
Phone: +37447 94 14 18

Nagorno-Karabakh is VISA FREE for citizens of the CIS countries, but although they don’t need visa to enter NKR, still they must register their arrival at the Consular Service of the NKR Foreign Ministry in Stepanakert. The entry of the CIS countries citizens /except Turkmenistan/ is permitted by valid passports or other documents substituting them, if an accreditation card is available.

Tourist visa (up to 21 days) – 3,000 AMD
Single entry visa for up to 1 month – 24,000 AMD
Multiple visa for up to 1 month – 33,000 AMD
Single entry visa for up to 2 months – 30,000 AMD
Multiple visa for up to 2 months – 39,000 AMD
Single entry visa for up to 3 months – 36,000 AMD
Multiple visa for up to 3 months – 44,000 AMD

1 USD = 487 AMD (as of January 31st, 2016)

Travelers can apply for their visa on weekdays as well as on weekends. Note that the working hours of the Consular Service of the NKR MFA in Stepanakert and the Consular Service of the Permanent Mission to the Republic of Armenia in Yerevan on Saturdays and Sundays are usually from 12:00 to 3.00 PM.

Visa Application Forms: In English (.pdf) / In Russian (.pdf)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
Nagorno-Karabakh Issue
Travel Information

P.S. In August 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan published its black list of people declared personae non gratae in Azerbaijan, since the government condemns any visits to Nagorno-Karabakh without a visa or an official permit issued by Azerbaijani authorities. Among the blacklisted names are the world-famous Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé, Baroness Caroline Cox, member of the British House of Lords, Claude Nicollier, the first astronaut from Switzerland, numerous foreign journalist, politicians, scientists, artists…..a total of 331 people. So note that by visiting Nagorno-Karabakh you also get a chance to find your name next to the names of many honorable and well-known people. Kidding! Not about the black list, it’s real, google it! The Consular Service of NKR MFA offers an option to issue your visa on a paper instead of stamping it in your passport, so if you plan to visit Azerbaijan afterwards you won’t have any problem. Only never mention that you ever traveled to Nagorno-Karabakh while you’re in Azerbaijan.

5 thoughts on “Nagorno-Karabakh Visa Information

  1. Hey, thanks for the useful info.
    I guess we’ll get in Stepanakert then.
    I just wanted to ask something. Do you know if we need special documents to enter Karabakh on our motorbike? We are planning to visit the area in August. And will we have to get another entry visa for Armenia on the way from Karabakh?


    • Hello Alex,

      No, you don’t really need any papers since there’s no customs on the border between Armenia and Karabakh, so you can easily enter it on your motorbike. And no, you won’t need to get another visa for Armenia, yours will still be valid.

      If you have more questions, feel free to ask 🙂


  2. Dear Arty,
    how long did it take to get the visa issued in Yerevan? Like an hour or so?
    Thanks for the info!

    Cheers, Don

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