The Azerbaijani passport is currently ranked 72nd place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 69 destinations. 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 160 destinations in the world. Some of the destinations where a prior visa is required are the United States, the European Union and China.
The Azerbaijan passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow Azerbaijan passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow Azerbaijan passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 31 Azerbaijan passport visa-free countries, 36 Azerbaijan visa-on-arrival countries, and 2 eTA destinations.
Altogether, Azerbaijan passport holders can enter a total of 69 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the Azerbaijan passport ranks 72 in the world.
Separate from these Azerbaijan visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 160 additional destinations in which Azerbaijan passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
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 10.3 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 Islam. The official language 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 $71.2 billion. Its citizens have a per capita income of $6,872. 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 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 is a very popular destination, especially for regional visitors.