Area: 86,600 km ²
Climate: dry, semiarid steppe
Population: 8,238,672 (est. July 2009)
Languages: Azerbaijani (Azeri) 90.3%, Lezgi 2.2%, Russian 1.8%, Armenian 1.5%, other 3.3%
Government Type: RepublicIndependence: May 28, 1918GDP: $73.65 billion (est. 2008)GDP – per capita (PPP): $ 9,000 (est. 2008)
Information for Foreign Students in Azerbaijan
Book your ticket well in advance so that you can find an affordable ticket. The following airlines fly to Azerbaijan: AZAL (Azerbaijan Airlines), Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Austrian Airlines, Improtex, Aeroflot.
Obtaining a Visa
An entry visa for a single entry (validity from 3 to 90 days) is available to be issued in 48 hours. It will cost 64€. The Letter of Invitation will be processed through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan (private individuals as well as legal entities acting as a host should apply for a visa on your behalf in Baku with the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will send us the visa confirmation letter). Note: Address of the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan is 4 Shikhali Gurbanov Street, Baku, AZ 1009, Republic of Azerbaijan. Consular Department accepts applications from 10AM until 1PM and from 2.30PM until 4PM. Consular fee for the visa confirmation letter is 1 Manat and 10 qapiks (roughly equal to 1 GBP). You can get a visa at the Bina International Airport in Baku.
While in Baku, should you stay at a hotel it should be about $21 per night.
A passport is required to open a bank account in Azerbaijan. There are plenty of ATMs in the capital Baku and other major cities. However, since not all merchants accept payments in the form of credit cards, it is strongly recommended that you keep cash with you at all times.
Area codes to call Azerbaijan: Baku- 12; Nakhchivan- 136; Neftchala- 153; any mobile phone- 50 or 55
Cars and buses are the best way to get around Azerbaijan. Buses connect Baku and most of the main towns.