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Armenia Travel Restrictions 

Armenia Travel Restrictions Coronavirus Self-Isolation

Lockdown 2020.03.17

The Armenian government announced a state of emergency on Mar. 16, 2020, which was replaced with a "quarantine regime" on Sep. 11, 2020. The quarantine is currently scheduled to last until Jan. 11, 2021. 

UPDATE: Sep. 21, 2020. The following restrictions currently apply to international travels:

1. Airport

Starting from August 12, 2020, no restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals arriving via the airport are applicable, except for the mandatory quarantine (see below). 

2. Quarantine 

All persons entering Armenia shall be subject to 14-day home quarantine, irrespective of the country of origin. However, they shall be allowed to undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for the diagnosis of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In case of a negative result, self-isolation is no longer required. 

3. No Visa on Arrival

The Foreign Ministry announced that visas on arrival will not be available. In practice, visas on arrival are still issued to family members of Armenian citizens and to ethnic Armenians. The list of countries the citizens of which could previously get visas on arrival is available here. The affected foreigners are allowed to file visa applications online at or through Armenia's consular offices abroad. 

4. Land Borders

Restrictions will still apply to those who come to Armenia through the land borders with Georgia and Iran. Only the citizens of Armenia are allowed to enter Armenia by crossing the land border, as well as the following classes of foreigners: 

  • Family members of Armenian citizens;
  • Lawful residents;
  • Diplomatic staff;
  • Close relatives arriving to attend funerals (parent, spouse, child or sibling of the deceased);
  • Interstate cargo drivers;
  • Other exceptional cases.

5. Lawful Residents

Land borders can be crossed by "persons entitled to reside in the Republic of Armenia on legal grounds." This exception should apply to all holders of Armenian residence permits (temporary and permanent residence cards, special passports) as well as foreigners with refugee status in Armenia.

6. Family Members of Armenian Citizens

Land borders can be crossed by "family members" of Armenian citizens. While the term "family member" is not defined presumably it covers the spouse, the parents and the sons and daughters of an Armenian citizen.

7. Diplomatic Staff 

Entry to Armenia via land borders is allowed to representatives of diplomatic and consular offices, international organizations and their family members. 

8. Other Exceptions

Other exemptions may be granted by the head of the Border Guard Service on a case-by-case basis, considering the urgency and necessity of entry, as well as the epidemic situation in the country of origin.

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LL.M. Georgetown University
New York Bar | Armenian Chamber of Advocates

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