As the capital city of Azerbaijan, Baku is getting all set in order to host the opening ceremony of the European Games, starting 12 June to 28 June, 2015, the authorities have arrived at a conclusion. They have decided to ease the inflow of overseas tourists by making the rules concerning its visa simpler. This will ensure that Azerbaijan will issue visas 10 days ahead of the start of these games as well as throughout the tournament.
According to Hikmet Hajiyev, the spokesman for the country’s Foreign Ministry, overseas nationals would be able to get a single entry visa with a validity of 30 days at each of the consular departments situated at Azerbaijan’s international airports. He went on to state that this would be in accordance with the President’s order of 8 August which is related to the first European games being held in Azerbaijan.
The order outlines that these measures are applicable to citizens of foreign countries as well as individuals who do not have a nationality, but are living in different overseas countries on a permanent basis and want to attend the games. Such people have to hold a passport which is having minimum three months validity, along with two photos with the specified dimensions. They can arrive and leave Azerbaijan by document presentation along with the passport at the border crossing. The card for accreditation has to be submitted within 60 days before the European Games begin and 30 days after game ends.
One is required to provide an application form in order to get a visa either at the airport or on the plane. Additionally, one has to submit either a ticket to Baku or a document in printed form validating the ticket purchase. The payment for visa fee must be done at the airport. Hajiyev pointed out that the online issuing of visas for visitors to Azerbaijan was being done successfully as is proved by the count of visitors applying for electronic visas.