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Area: 29,700 SQ.KM.
Capital: YEREVAN (1,075,000)
LITERACY RATE: 99.6%
KNOWLEDGE OF ENGLISH: 40%
climate: summer 35c; winter 0c
Currency: Dram ($1 = 410 AMD)
average Monthly salary: $414
gdp growth (2021): 6.1%
gdp per capita: $4,267
wp doing business rank: 47
unemployment RATE: 17%
inflation rate (2021): 6.9%
Nationals of almost all European countries as well as certain Asian and American countries (see the full list below) do not need a visa to enter Armenia. Normally they can stay in Armenia visa-free for up to 180 days in a year. A longer stay is possible for holders of residence permits (check this page for more information on residence permits).
In practice, the 180-day rule is currently not enforced on returning visitors (e.g. those who cross the border with Georgia or Iran and come back); only uninterrupted stays of over 180 days are punishable by a fine of up to $209, payable upon exiting the country.
Countries the Citizens of Which Can Travel to Armenia Visa-Free (Click to Expand)
Americas & Pacific
Holders of refugee travel documents issued by the above-mentioned countries will need to obtain a visa (on arrival, online or through the embassy).
Visa on Arrival
Armenia re-introduced visas on arrival on July 5, 2022. Nationals of certain countries as well as visa or residence permit holders of certain countries are eligible to get a visa on arrival. Visas on arrival are also issued to ethnic Armenians and family members (parent, child, spouse, brother, sister) of Armenian citizens, irrespective of their citizenship.
Nationals of the Following Countries
Holders of Valid Visas or Temporary or Permanent Residence Cards Issued by the Following Countries (Except Nationals of Countries Who Need an Embassy-Issued Sticker Visa)
It is possible to get an e-visa by applying online at https://evisa.mfa.am/. A longer stay is possible for holders of residence permits (check this page for more information on residence permits). The visa has a maximum validity of 120 days (extendable by another 60 days).
Countries the Citizens of Which Can Get an E-Visa (Click to Expand)
Asia & Africa
Sticker Visa (Embassy-Issued)
Nationals of certain African and Asian countries (see the full list below) generally cannot get an online visa (e-visa). They must obtain a visa before coming to Armenia at any embassy abroad. Normally an invitation letter from Armenia is required to get a visa. However, the invitation letter requirement is waived for ethnic Armenians and their family members.։
Countries the Citizens of Which Can Get a Sticker Visa at Embassy (Click to Expand)
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Starting from July 5, 2022, citizens of Egypt can get an e-visa with a maximum validity of 120 days (extendable by another 60 days) by applying online at https://evisa.mfa.am/.
Nationals (citizens) of U.A.E., Qatar, and Kuwait do not need a visa and can stay in Armenia visa-free for up to 180 days in a year.
Nationals (citizens) of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia can get an e-visa with a maximum validity of 120 days (extendable by another 60 days) by applying online at https://evisa.mfa.am/.
Nationals of Oman can get a visa on arrival or an e-visa with a maximum validity of 120 days (extendable by another 60 days) by applying online at https://evisa.mfa.am/.
Visas on arrival are available to nationals of all countries (except those who need an embassy-issued sticker visa, please check the list above) who hold either a temporary/permanent residence card or a valid visa from a GCC country.
Iranian citizens can enter Armenia without a visa. However, they can stay in Armenia for a maximum of 90 days in any given 180-day period . In other words, after staying in Armenia for 90 days an Iranian citizen must leave Armenia and stay outside of Armenia for another 90 days before re-entering the country. A stay longer than 90 days is possible if the Iranian citizen holds a residence permit. Please contact us for more information on residence permits.
Iraqi citizens can get an e-visa with a maximum validity of 120 days (extendable by another 60 days) by applying online at https://evisa.mfa.am/.
Citizens of Jordan can get a visa on arrival or an e-visa with a maximum validity of 120 days (extendable by another 60 days) by applying online at https://evisa.mfa.am/.
Citizens of Lebanon can get a visa on arrival or an e-visa with a maximum validity of 120 days (extendable by another 60 days) by applying online at https://evisa.mfa.am/.
Syrian citizens generally cannot get an online visa (e-visa). They must obtain a visa before coming to Armenia at the Armenian embassy in Syria or any other Armenian embassy abroad. Normally an invitation letter from Armenia is required to get a visa but this requirement can be waived at the discretion of the consular officer. Moreover, the invitation letter requirement is waived for ethnic Armenians and their family members. Please contact us for more information on invitation letters for Syrian nationals.
Pakistani citizens generally cannot get an online visa (e-visa). They must obtain a visa before coming to Armenia at an Armenian embassy abroad (e.g. in U.A.E.). Normally an invitation letter from Armenia is required to get a visa. However, the invitation letter requirement is waived for ethnic Armenians and their family members. Due to the absence of diplomatic relations between Pakistan an Armenia it may be difficult for Pakistani citizens to obtain a visa.
Citizens of the Philippines can get an e-visa with a maximum validity of 120 days (extendable by another 60 days) by applying online at https://evisa.mfa.am/.
If you do not qualify for visa-free travel or e-visa (visa on arrival) you will need an invitation letter from an individual or a legal entity in Armenia. There are exceptions for citizens of Syria who may get Armenian visas without invitation, at the discretion of the consular officer.
Moreover, invitation letters are not required for ethnic Armenians (i.e. those who have Armenian ancestors). If you are Armenian by descent you can obtain a visa by showing evidence of your Armenian origin, e.g. a passport, birth certificate or certified baptism certificate attesting to your or your parents’ Armenian descent. Immediate relatives of Armenian citizens or ethnic Armenians (spouse, parent, son, daughter, sister, brother) are also exempt from invitation letter requirements.
The consular officer may, at his discretion, not require an invitation letter from a foreigner who has a permanent resident status in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, UK, New Zealand, Switzerland or a Schengen country (except for Spain, Portugal and Greece).
Invitation letters issued by individuals must be filed with the Visa Department of the Police, and those issued by legal entities must be filed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The approval is possible only after a security check which may take 2-3 weeks or even longer.
There are several classes of visitor visas: tourism and visits to family and friends (V-1); family reunification (V-2); medical treatment (V-3); studies (V-4); attendance to cultural, athletic, scientific or other events (V-5); participation in humanitarian, charitable, technical assistance and similar programs (V-6); business, investment or work (V-7); crew members (V-8). The procedure for obtaining a visitor visa is generally the same irrespective of the specific purpose of the visit.
Armenian embassies do not issue long-term visas. If you need to stay in Armenia for longer periods you will need to obtain a residence permit (temporary, permanent or special). The residence permits are issued only in Armenia, they cannot be obtained at the embassies abroad.
Visa Fees & Extension
21 days, single
$6 (AMD 3,000)
Max. 60 days
$1 (AMD 500) per day
120 days, single
$31 (AMD 15,000)
60 days, multiple
$42 (AMD 20,000)
120 days, multiple
$83 (AMD 40,000)
3 days, single
$21 (AMD 10,000)
Max. 4 days
3 days, multiple
$37 (AMD 18,000)
In order to get a visa at an Armenian embassy (if you do not qualify for visa-free travel or visa on arrival) you will be generally required to submit a valid passport, a visa application form and a passport-sized colored photograph. You will also have to pay the corresponding visa fee. Visas are issued at the discretion of the consular officer and additional documents may be requested to determine if you have a legitimate purpose and sufficient financial means to visit Armenia (e.g. invitation letter, hotel booking, tax returns, bank account statements etc.).
Under Armenian law visa overstay is an administrative offense currently punishable by a monetary fine of US $105 to 209 (AMD 50,000 to 100,000).
Penalties (Fines) for Visa Overstay in Armenia (Click to Expand)
Number of Overstays within the Last Year
$105 (AMD 50,000)
Up to 30 days
$125 (AMD 60,000)
$146 (AMD 70,000)
$167 (AMD 80,000)
$188 (AMD 90,000)
More than 120 days
$209 (AMD 100,000)
Third and Subsequent Offenses
$209 (AMD 100,000)
Currently Armenia has 22 embassies in Europe, 1 embassy in Africa, 13 embassies in Asia and 5 embassies in the Americas.
Asia & Africa
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get a visa?
E-visas are normally issued within 3-4 business days. Regular visas are typically issued by embassies within 10 days, except when an invitation letter has already been approved by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, in which case the visa is normally issued on the day of application.
There is no Armenian embassy in my country. What can I do?
If you do not qualify for visa-free travel or an e-visa you should get a visa at an Armenian embassy. You can see the list of Armenian embassies above. For example, a citizen of Nigeria may choose to get a visa at the Armenian embassy in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., or Cairo, Egypt, whereas a citizen of Bangladesh may get a visa at the embassy in New Delhi, India.
How can I get an invitation letter from Armenia?
An invitation letter can be filed by an Armenian resident or legal entity. If you personally know or work with someone in Armenia you should contact them for help. If you want to visit as a tourist a travel agency may issue an invitation letter for you.
Our law firm, Vardanyan & Partners, may issue invitation letters to its actual and prospective clients.
What happens if I overstay my visa?
If you are in breach of immigration rules in Armenia you may be detained and deported from the country. In addition, a monetary fine and a ban on entering the country may be imposed.
Do I need a work permit to work in Armenia?
You may or may not need a work permit, depending on your situation. For more information please check this section on work permits.
My passport expires soon. Will I have problems entering Armenia?
You shall be able to enter and exit the territory of Armenia for as long as you have a valid passport. There is no requirement that your passport be valid for a specific period of time.
If you changed your passport after getting an Armenian visa you can still use that visa if you show to the border control officer both the new passport and the old passport with the visa in it.
How much cash am I allowed to bring to Armenia?
Under the regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union you have to declare cash in excess of US$ 10,000. Failure to declare may result in criminal liability. There are no restrictions on the amount you can bring to Armenia or take out of Armenia, provided you declare the cash.
Do I have to show proof of vaccinations?
No, currently there are no requirements of showing vaccination documents when entering Armenia. Please check the page on COVID-related restrictions.
How can I get a residence permit (TRP or PR)?
In order to get a temporary (1-year), permanent (5-year) or special (10-year) residence permit you need to show circumstances explaining your longer stay in Armenia, such as:
- Investment, including in real estate
- Business ownership
- Being an ethnic Armenian
- Being a family member of an Armenian citizen or resident
How can I get an Armenian passport?
In order to obtain an Armenian passport you must meet at least one of the following requirements:
- Reside in Armenia for three years or longer
- Be married to an Armenian citizen for two years or longer
- Make an exceptional contribution to the country
- Be an ethnic Armenian
Armenia recognizes dual citizenship and does not require applicants to renounce any other citizenship.
For more information, please check our resources on Armenian citizenship.
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