Updated: Nov 8, 2019
Artsakh, or Nagorno-Karabakh, is a landlocked unrecognized country in the Caucasus region, with no active international airport. The only open border is with Armenia and therefore, travellers can only enter through the land border crossing with Armenia.
Since Artsakh can only be entered from Armenia, travellers first need to determine if they require a visa to enter Armenia or not.
The good news is that citizens of Canada, the USA, the EU, Australia, New Zealand and other European countries are eligible to obtain an e-visa online. It is a very simple process, done entirely online and costs only $6.
Once the application is finished, travellers can conveniently print off the visa from the comfort of their own home and bring it with them when arriving in Armenia.
As of 2019, the visa procedure has been waived for travellers from Canada, the USA, the EU, Australia, New Zealand and other European countries.
Once you arrive at the border, you will be given a document which needs to be stamped at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs upon arrival in Stepanakert.
When joining one of our tours, we will provide you with all the necessary documents before beginning your tour.
The document, which allows tourists to stay in the unrecognized country for 21 days, has no cost associated with it and generally takes only a few minutes to complete.
Travellers will be given an Artsakh Visa once the process is completed. If you plan to travel to Azerbaijan, ask for it to be separate from your passport.
According to the Law of the Republic of Artsakh on “Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic" of 31 August 2001 the entry of foreign citizens to the Republic of Artsakh is allowed on the availability of valid foreign passports or other documents replacing them, and an Artsakh entry visa.
Accreditation for the Frontline of Nagorno-Karabakh
If you are a journalist or special correspondent, it is possible to visit the frontline of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh). For accreditation at the Information Department of the Ministry, foreign journalists on a short stay in Nagorno-Karabakh should submit the following documents:
1) A passport-size photo (digital one is also applicable)
2) Copy of ID-card / passport
3) Application form filled in
A letter signed and sealed by the head of the media organization, or editor-in-chief, certifying the journalist’s credentials; the purpose of the visit, the name/s of the journalist/s, the period of the stay in Nagorno-Karabakh, and the list of meetings should be mentioned in the letter.
If organization of meetings in different governmental circles is required, the letter should be sent 10 days before the supposed visit, to the following email: email@example.com.
The accreditation of journalist entry visas is completed at the NKR MFA Information Department.
For more information visit the NK Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Do I Need a Double-Entry Armenian Visa?
No need to worry! The regular 21-day e-Visa is just fine. Travel to Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) is not considered by Armenia as an exit and therefore does not require a double-entry Armenian visa.
Travel to Azerbaijan
Please note, that you will not be permitted to enter Azerbaijan if you have an Artsakh / Nagorno-Karabakh Visa in your passport.
If you plan to visit Azerbaijan, it is imperative that there is no evidence of travel to Artsakh / Nagorno-Karabakh in your passport, or in any other travel documents.
Azerbaijan sees any travel to the region of Nagorno-Karabakh as an illegal entrance into its own territory and has been known to detain or even prosecute travellers as a result.
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Updated: November, 2019