If you’re looking to visit Armenia, you may not have to apply for a visa at all. The Armenia visa policy allows visa-free entry to people from a large group of countries, and has given the option of visa on arrival or online to several others.
Do You Need an Armenia Visa?
You need an Armenian visa unless you are from one of the following countries:
- A Member State of the EU
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
Countries listed above can stay in Armenia for up to 180 days within a year. The rest have to get an Armenia visa either on arrival, online, or at an embassy.
Three Ways of Applying for an Armenian Visa
Depending on your nationality, there are three options for applying for an Armenian visa:
- On arrival. Most nationalities can apply for an Armenia visa on arrival at one of the airports or land border checkpoints in Armenia.
- Online. Through the Armenia eVisa portal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia. Anyone who is eligible for a VOA can get an eVisa prior to departure.
- At one of the embassies or consulates of Armenia abroad. If you are not eligible for a visa on arrival, you must apply at one of the diplomatic missions of Armenia abroad.
Find the methods of visa application detailed below.
Applying for an Armenia Visa on Arrival
You can apply for an Armenia visa on arrival if you are from one of the following countries:
|Antigua and Barbuda||Bahamas|
|Bolivia||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Democratic People’s Republic of Korea||Dominica|
|Lao People’s Democratic Republic||Lebanon|
|Papua New Guinea||Paraguay|
|Saint Christopher and Nevis||Saint Lucia|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Samoa|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Turkey|
If you are from one of the eligible countries, you can get an Armenia visa at one of the following airports/ border crossings:
- Zvartnots International Airport
- Shirak Airport
- Ayrum Railway station (border with Georgia)
- Bagratashen, Tavush Province (land border with Georgia)
- Bavra, Shirak Province (land border with Georgia)
- Gogavan, Lori Province (land border with Georgia)
- Meghri, Syunik Province (land border with Iran)
Armenia visa on arrival cost
When you apply for the Armenia visa on arrival, you have to pay a fee of AMD 15,000 (appx. USD 31).
Note: Everyone who is eligible for a visa on arrival is also eligible to apply for a visa online. The Armenian eVisa is a better option for those who want to have a visa secured before they travel.
Applying for an Armenia eVisa
If you are eligible for a visa on arrival, you are also eligible to apply for the Armenia eVisa. You can apply for the eVisa through the online Visa Issuance System of the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (here).
You have to enter your nationality, details regarding your trip, as well as make the visa fee payment. The Armenia eVisa fee is non-refundable, and after you pay, your visa will be issued in approximately three working days.
You can check the status of your visa through the “Check Application Status” button on the eVisa website.
Armenia eVisa cost:
- USD 6 for a stay of up to 21 days
- USD 31 for a stay of up to 120 days
Applying for an Armenia Visa at an Embassy
If you are from one of the countries on the table below, you have to apply for an Armenia visa at an Embassy/Consulate. You can find the diplomatic missions of Armenia listed here.
Before you apply, you need a sponsor in Armenia who will apply for an invitation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The sponsor can be:
- A juridical person
- An Armenian authority
- A representative of an international organization
Nationalities who need an Armenia embassy visa with a sponsor:
|The Central African Republic||Chad|
|The Democratic Republic of the Congo||Cote d’Ivoire|
|Rwanda||Saint Helen’s Island|
|Sao Tome and Principe||Saudi Arabia|
|South Sudan||Sri Lanka|
Invitation letter requirements
- The letter has to be sealed and signed by the head of the organization
- The letter has to be written on the official letterhead of the organization
- It must contain information about your trip, like the dates of arrival and departure
- The inviting organization must attach the certificate of registration and state registration code
- The invitation must contain the following information about you (the guest) written in capital letters in the same order as below:
- Passport type (ordinary, diplomatic, etc.)
- The passport number
- What country your passport was issued by
- Passport validity
- Your citizenship
- Your phone number
- Last name
- Middle name (if applicable)
- Date of birth
- Place of birth by state, region, and city
- Address by state, region, and city
- The inviting organization has to pay a fee of ARD 5,000 (appx. USD 10) via bank transfer to the consular department of the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Armenia Visa Requirements
When you apply for an Armenian visa, you need to provide the following documents:
- A passport, which is valid for at least another six months from the date of entry.
- Armenia Visa Application Form (find it here).
- A recent passport-size picture of yourself. If applying online, the picture must be digital.
- Travel itinerary, such as flight tickets or details of your trip.
- Proof of accommodation in Armenia. E.g. a hotel reservation or an invitation letter if you will stay with relatives or friends.
- Payment of the Armenia visa fee.
- If applying online:
- A valid email address
- A debit/credit card to pay the visa fee
- If applying at an Embassy: Invitation from the sponsor in Armenia.
- Any additional documents as requested by the embassy or consulate, depending on the reason for travelling.
How Much Does the Armenian Visa Cost?
Armenian visa fees are:
- For 21-day visitor visa: USD 6
- For 120-day visitor visa: USD 31
- For a multiple-entry visitor visa: USD 42
- For a single-entry transit visa: USD 21
- For a multiple-entry transit visa: USD 37
- Official and diplomatic visas: Free of charge
How Long Can you Stay in Armenia With a Valid Visa?
Armenian visas are issued for the following durations:
- Armenian single-entry eVisa or visa on arrival : 21 days or 120 days
- Armenian multiple-entry visitor visa: maximum of 60 days per entry for one year
- Single-entry transit visa three days. Multiple-entry transit visa is valid for one year, with three days each entry.
- Visas issued at the Embassy can vary in duration, depending on the purpose of travel.
- Visa-exempt nationalities can stay in Armenia for up to 180 days within a year.
Can You Extend an Armenian Visa?
Yes, you can apply for a visa extension at the Passport and Visa Department of the Police of Armenia. You can receive a visa extension for a maximum of 60 days. You have to apply before your current visa expires.
Anyone who intends to stay in Armenia for a long-term period has to register with the Passport and Visa Department of the Armenia Police to get their Temporary Residence Card.
Types of Armenia Visas
The main types of visas for Armenia are:
- Armenia Tourist Visa. This type of visa is for foreign nationals who will travel to Armenia for short-term purposes, such as tourism, to visit relatives or friends, for business, medical treatment, etc. It can be valid for single entry or multiple entries.
- Armenia Transit Visa. Issued to foreign nationals who will transit through Armenia on their way to a third country. Allows a single entry of up to three days, with the possibility to extend to four days.
- Armenia Diplomatic Visa. Issued to holders of diplomatic passports or with a diplomatic status.
- Armenia Temporary Residency Visas. These types of visas (or Residency Cards) are issued to foreign nationals who will stay in Armenia for a long-term period, such as for:
- Joining a family member in Armenia
- Running a business
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