As of yesterday, October 15, 2010, the government of Azerbaijan has suspended travelers ability to obtain visas on arrival at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, Azerbaijan. According to an article published by Eurasia Net, “Azerbaijan Scraps Airport Visa Service,” travelers must obtain a visa in advance from the local Embassy of Azerbaijan by submitting a letter of invitation. Visitors from the Commonwealth of Independent States are still on a visa waiver program and can stay for 90 days.
The kicker in the Eurasia Net story says it all:
Asked to explain the reason for the visa changes, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs consular department representative, who asked not to be named, answered that: “The purpose is that the president ordered the changes.”
Previous post, “Traveling to Azerbaijan: The New Visa Regime,” September 30, 2010.