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No Schengen visa required for travelling to Azerbaijan for Indian passport holders | Check details

Indian passport holders can now travel to Azerbaijan without a Schengen visa. Know the latest updates and requirements for a hassle-free journey to this beautiful European country.

Written By: Muskan Gupta @guptamuskan_ New Delhi Updated on: May 22, 2024 16:35 IST
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Gear up your backpacks as there is good news for all the wanderlust out there. Now you can travel to an amazing European nation Azerbaijan without a Schengen visa. Yes, you heard it right. Situated in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia, Azerbaijan is bordered by the Caspian Sea to the east and Russia to the north. Recently, this country has emerged as a sought-after destination for many Indians, including numerous influencers. It offers a unique and accessible European experience without the need for a Schengen visa. With its affordable travel options, rich cultural heritage, and stunning landscapes, it’s no wonder this gem of a nation is gaining popularity among Indian travellers.

Why Visit Azerbaijan?

Affordable Flight Tickets

One of the main reasons for the surge in interest is the affordability of flight tickets. Round-trip fares to Azerbaijan are approximately INR 25,000. For example, you can book a Delhi to Baku round-trip ticket for around INR 30,000 in March 2024. A direct flight from Delhi to Baku takes just five hours, making it a convenient option for travellers.

No Schengen Visa Required

Unlike other European nations, obtaining a visa for Azerbaijan is quite easy. While Schengen visas can be challenging to obtain, Azerbaijan offers a simpler e-visa system for Indians.

How to Apply for an Azerbaijani Visa?

  • Apply through the online government portal.
  • Fill in the required information and make a payment of INR 1600.
  • Receive your visa via email within three days.

5 Must-Visit Places in Azerbaijan

  • Baku: The capital city, Baku, also known as the Pearl of the Caspian, perfectly blends modern architecture with historic charm. It is home to the UNESCO-listed Old City (Icherisheher), with its narrow cobblestone streets, ancient mosques, palaces, and caravanserais. Iconic landmarks like the Flame Towers and the futuristic Heydar Aliyev Centre are must-visits. Baku's waterfront promenade, the Boulevard, offers stunning views of the Caspian Sea.
  • Sheki: Nestled in the foothills of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, Sheki is a picturesque town steeped in history and tradition. Explore the cobbled streets of the Old City and admire architectural treasures like the magnificent Sheki Khan's Palace and the Albanian Church of Kish.
  • Gobustan: Gobustan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ancient rock art and archaeological treasures. The petroglyphs of Gobustan, which date back thousands of years, provide a fascinating glimpse into prehistoric life, depicting hunting scenes, ritual dances, and ancient rituals.
  • Gabala: A mountain retreat, Gabala is located in the heart of the Caucasus Mountains. This resort town offers a variety of outdoor activities year-round, from skiing and snowboarding in winter to hiking, biking, and paragliding in summer. The Tufandag Mountain Resort provides panoramic views of the surrounding peaks and exciting adventures like zip-lining and rope courses.
  • Quba: Discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Quba, a charming town surrounded by lush valleys and fruit orchards. Explore the colourful Qechresh Forest, home to ancient beech trees and cascading waterfalls, or visit the town's historic mosques, bathhouses, and bazaars.

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