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Armenia

If you’re travelling to Armenia, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

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  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

Avoid Non-Essential Travel

Security Status Last Updated: 17/03/2020

Latest Travel Alerts

COVID-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.

Department of Foreign Affairs services and practical supports to all Irish Citizens travelling abroad can be found on  dfa.ie/Travel

We advise against all travel near the border of Azerbaijan, particularly to the areas of Tavush and Gegharkunik. We also advise any Irish citizens already in Armenia not to travel to the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Following the hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in 2020, a ceasefire was agreed between Armenia and Azerbaijan in November 2020. However, the situation remains tense and highly changeable. We advise citizens to consider postponing any intended travel to Armenia at this time, and would also advise anyone already in the region to be vigilant and to take suitable precautions.

Travel from Ireland to Armenia

According to the amendments of the Government Decree: № 1514-N of 11 September, 2020 which entered into force on 17 May, 2021:

Upon entering the territory of the Republic of Armenia travellers will be asked to provide either:

  1. A COVID-19 PCR test certificate* with a negative result taken within the previous 72 hours; or
  2. A certification* of complete vaccination against COVID-19 with 2 dosages and the second dosage taken at least 14 days before entering the country.

Please also note that:

For foreigners, the entry to the Republic of Armenia continues to remain open both via air and land borders.

A certificate with a negative result or a vaccination certificate is not required for children up to 1-year-old (0-11 months 29 days).

The travellers entering the territory of the Republic of Armenia from the territory of the Russian Federation should present the certificate through “Путешествую без COVID-19” mobile application.

If the travellers have been registered in the AR-MED electronic system, the vaccination certificate can be provided via ArmedeHealth mobile application. The traveller can present the vaccination certificate via mobile application or present the printed version of the certificate from the application protected with a QR code.

Non-holders of the relevant certificate are subject to PCR sampling at the airport or border checkpoint sampling points and to compulsory isolation until the negative result will be obtained. The person will be hospitalized if corresponding symptoms are detected as a result of the examination. In case of rejection of sampling or examination, all non-holders of the relevant certificate are being isolated for 14 days. The PCR test-related expenses should be covered by the traveller.

* - The certificate should be in Armenian, Russian or English printed on the official letterhead and should contain the following information:

  • all contacts and the name of the head of the medical institution where the test/vaccination was taken,
  • the name, surname, date of birth, and passport number of the examined/vaccinated person,
  • the result of the test, the vaccine manufacturing name and the product’s serial number, the dates of the first and the second dosages, signed by the head of the medical institution with its seal․

Further information is available at Government of Armenia’s website.

Restrictions may be in place throughout Armenia, and you are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities. Please refer to the Government of Armenia’s website for information about national restrictions and to regional websites for information on local restrictions.

Additional advice and information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia

Zvartnots International Airport

General Travel Advice

Although the Armenian authorities have officially lifted the State of Emergency, the Bill on COVID-19 Restrictions will continue to enforce COVID-19-related safety measures and restrictions. The bill empowers the relevant authorities to, depending on the state of COVID-19 cases in the country or region, impose nationwide or local lockdowns, seal off communities hit by COVID-19 outbreaks, close Armenia’s borders and isolate people infected with the disease as necessary, as well as ban or restrict public gatherings. We would advise that all Irish citizens keep up with local media for the most up-to-date information on the situation.

We also would advise:

  • Irish citizens living in Armenia who wish to remain in Armenia during the coming period to avoid travelling abroad.
  • Irish citizens visiting Armenia who wish to return to Ireland (or another place of residence) over the coming period to do so now.

There is no Irish Embassy in Armenia and we can only offer limited consular services.  If your require assistance in an emergency, please contact the Honorary Consul – Mr Jonathan Stark – in Yerevan or the Irish Embassy in Sofia.

Irish citizens in Armenia are reminded that they should be in possession of a valid form of photographic identification such as a passport or passport card at all times.

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

If you require emergency assistance you can call the below numbers for specific services:

  • 101 for Fire Department.
  • 102 for Police.
  • 103 for Ambulance

Travel to Ireland

Up to date information on travelling to Ireland can be found on gov.ie 

Information on Travel within Europe (EU/EEA) can also be found on Re-open EU.

 

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Border areas

The borders with Turkey and Azerbaijan remain closed. There has been an escalation of incidents in recent months and because of this we advise against any travel near the border of Azerbaijan, particularly the areas of Tavush and Gegharkunik.

Armenia’s land border with Turkey is closed.

Irish travelers are advised not to travel to Nagorno Karabakh.

Demonstrations

Irish citizens should avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people if at all possible. Political demonstrations may take place in central Yerevan, particularly close to the Opera Square, and in other cities and towns around the country.

Sometimes such demonstrations, even if intended to be peaceful, can turn confrontational. If it’s necessary to be in the vicinity of a demonstration or gatherings, you should be extremely vigilant at all times.

Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser.

Terrorism

Although the threat from terrorism in Armenia is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.

Crime

Crime remains relatively low in Armenia but you should take sensible precautions:

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Armenia, report it to the local police immediately. You can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Sofia or the Irish Honorary Consul in Yerevan if you need help.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Armenia, you should be extremely careful. Roads outside the principal cities can be bad and the local standard of driving is poor, with drivers commonly flouting traffic laws. Driving in Armenia is on the right-hand side of the road. If you want to drive, bring your full Irish and international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Public transport

Public transport tends to be crowded and poorly maintained. Buses run at irregular times and may be difficult to negotiate if you don’t speak Armenian or Russian.

Taxis

Taxis are relatively cheap and accessible in Yerevan. They can be hailed easily on the street. Check that the meter is running. If there’s no meter, negotiate a price for the journey before you start. Average prices for journeys in the city centre are in the region of 500-1000 dram.

Air safety

We recommend flying to Armenia on a scheduled international flight. Western airlines currently serving Armenia are Aegean, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Ukrainian International Airlines and LOT.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

Religion

Armenia is an orthodox Christian country and women can usually dress in normal western-style clothing, although they may be expected to cover their heads when in Church. Outside the capital however, people are more conservative.

Photography

Avoid photographing sites such as military bases, equipment and installations in whatever condition. These are considered sensitive areas and visitors have been detained and questioned while attempting to photograph them.

You should also be aware of cultural sensitivities when photographing churches and other religious sites. If in doubt, ask permission.

Homosexuality

Homosexuality was decriminalised in August 2003 but it’s still an unacceptable lifestyle for the majority of Armenians. We advise travellers to exercise discretion on visits to Armenia.

Health

Health

Medical facilities

Medical facilities outside Yerevan are generally poor and treatment isn’t recommended for anything other than minor ailments. In case of medical need and for advice and assistance contact the Irish Honorary Consul in Yerevan.

Vaccinations

Check with your doctor a minimum of eight weeks in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Armenia.

Travel Insurance

We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:

  • All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
  • Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.   
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
  • Lost and stolen possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment.
  • Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.

Additional Information

Additional information

Entry requirements

EU passport holders no longer require a visa to visit Armenia. The entrance stamp is valid for a period of 90 days only. Children arriving on an Irish passport with parents entering Armenia on an Armenian passport will require an Armenian passport to leave the country; this is stated in Armenian law.

If you intend to stay in Armenia longer than 90 days, you must register with the OVIR (Administration Department for Passports and Visas):

Address: Mashtots Ave. 13A,

Yerevan,

Armenia

Tel: 00 374 10 536 932/ 941

Travelling with children

Dual national passport holders entering Armenia using their Armenian passport and travelling with children on an Irish passport should be aware of Armenian nationality law before entering the country.

Under Armenian law, a child of an Armenian passport holder is automatically regarded as Armenian. This can have implications if you’re applying for visa extensions or when you’re leaving Armenia, as the Armenian authorities may request that an Armenian passport be produced. It may particularly effect young men of military age who have not carried out their compulsory Armenian military service.

Banking

Cheques aren’t used within Armenia. Prices for goods and services are often quoted in US Dollars, but by law, payment must be made in the Armenian Dram. Many ATMs can be found in the cities and most towns. Foreign currency exchanges are also available in branches of the major banks, exchange bureaus and in some supermarkets. We recommend that you avoid exchanging money on the street.

Earthquakes

Armenia is in an active seismic zone. The last serious earthquake, in 1988, was centred in the Lori region in the north, killing between 25,000 and 50,000 people, injuring thousands and leaving several cities in ruins. Always follow the instructions of local authorities in case of an emergency.

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Please note that if you require assistance in the case of an emergency while the Embassy is closed, contact the main Embassy number, +359 2 985 3425 and leave a message on the Duty Officer voice mailbox.

This mailbox is monitored regularly.

Embassy of Ireland
Platinum Business Centre
26-28 Bacho Kiro Street
Sofia 1000
Bulgaria

Tel: +359 2 985 3425
Fax: +359 2 983 3302

Monday to Friday 09:15 - 16:45

Contact us

Honorary Consulate Contact

Mr. Jonathan Stark,
Honorary Consul of Ireland,
3rd Floor,
18/1 Vardanants str.,
Yerevan 0010,
Armenia

Tel: +37410 526330
Tel: +37410 526331
Fax: +37410 547883

Please be advised that the Consulate building is temporarily closed. Our Honorary Consul Mr Jonathan Stark is available to assist with emergency consular assistance via phone or email. Please see contact details below.

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