Azerbaijan Passport Ranking
The Azerbaijani passport currently ranks on the 73rd place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 67 countries. Giving it an overall medium-low mobility score. Azerbaijani passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Turkey, Russia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. Azerbaijani passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 159 destinations in the world. Some of the destinations where a prior visa is required are the United States, the European Union and China.
The Republic of Azerbaijan is a former soviet country consisting of 10 regions. It is located in Southwestern Asia. The nation’s neighboring countries are Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran. The most important regions are Absheron, Aran and Ganja-Qazkah. Azerbaijan has a surface area of 86, 600 square kilometers and is therefore one of the smaller countries in Southwestern Asia. The climate is slightly continental, arid and semi-arid depending on the region.
The overall population is 10.1 million people. The capital of the country is Baku, which is also the most populous city with 2.3 million inhabitants. Other sizable cities are Sumqayit and Gence. The largest airport is Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD) with 4.7 million yearly passengers. GYD airport has excellent flight connections to the entire European Union and former Soviet states. It is named after the former President Heydar Aliyev.
Azerbaijan’s culture has evolved throughout the history of the country. Its religious landscape is dominated by the Islam. The official langue is Azeri, though Russian is widely spoken. The legal system is the civil law. The government type is a presidential republic. The head of government is the elected President Ilham Aliyev and the Prime Minister is Ali Asadov. The elections take place every 5 years and the president is elected directly by absolute majority vote.
The official currency of the country is the Azerbaijani Manat (AZN) with the current exchange rate being AZN 1.7 to the USD. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $189 billion. Its citizens have a per capita income of $18,793. The GDP is mostly made up of 2 key sectors, which are services and industry. Azerbaijan’s GDP depends heavily on the oil and gas production and export. Additionally, it exports fruit, vegetables, tea and livestock products. The GDP has shown little to no growth over the past years.
Azerbaijan is filled with a variety of urban and natural tourism destinations and attractions. It is known for its picturesque medieval historic sites and different cultural facets. The country boasts with 3 UNESCO world heritage sites. Some of the major destinations include the capital Baku, the Absheron National Park, the Garasu Volcano, Naftalan Oil Resort and Gobustan. The nation has a total of approximately 3 million tourists visiting every year. Most tourists originate from Europe, Russia and its surrounding countries. It a very popular destination especially for regional visitors.