There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Armenia. Exercise a high degree of caution due to occasional demonstrations and protests.
Regional Advisory for Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada advises against non-essential travel to Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding areas due to tensions resulting from the political situation and military presence. Consult the Security tab for more information.
The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The Government of Canada takes the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provides credible and timely information in its Travel Advice. In the event of a crisis situation that requires evacuation, the Government of Canada’s policy is to provide safe transportation to the closest safe location. The Government of Canada will assist you in leaving a country or a region as a last resort, when all means of commercial or personal transportation have been exhausted. This service is provided on a cost-recovery basis. Onward travel is at your personal expense. Situations vary from one location to another, and there may be constraints on government resources that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide assistance, particularly in countries or regions where the potential for violent conflict or political instability is high.
Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas (see Advisory)
The border with Azerbaijan, including the Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan, is closed. A ceasefire has been in effect since May, 1994. However, armed clashes and gunfire along a 5-km buffer zone of the border and ceasefire line may occur sporadically. There are numerous landmines surrounding the conflict zones with Nagorno-Karabakh.
Pickpocketing, mugging, and theft from cars and homes occur. Do not show signs of affluence.
Demonstrations occur and have the potential to suddenly turn violent. They can lead to significant disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Presidential elections took place on February 18, 2013. Related demonstrations and violence could occur. Avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media.
Exercise a high degree of caution in the land border areas. The land border with Azerbaijan is closed. The land border with Turkey is also closed, although there are regular flights between Yerevan and Istanbul.
Public transportation networks are overcrowded and poorly maintained.
Pedestrians may not have the right of way.
Minibuses are often involved in accidents.
Some roads outside Yerevan are poorly maintained. Do not travel after dark. Poor driving standards, inadequate road signs and poor road conditions make travelling hazardous. Police may set up roadblocks to search vehicles. Winter travel can be extremely hazardous at higher elevations.
Train service is unreliable. Exercise caution when travelling by train. Store personal belongings and documents in a safe place, do not leave the compartment unattended and lock the door from the inside.
Identity checks are frequently conducted by Armenian authorities. Carry a photocopy of your passport and leave another one with a relative or a friend at home. Keep passports and valuables in a safe.
Arrange to be met at the airport.
Dial 101 for the fire department, 102 for the police and 103 for ambulance services.
It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter. The following information on entry and exit requirements has been obtained from the Armenian authorities. However, these requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveller's responsibility to check with the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia for up-to-date information.
Official (special and diplomatic) passport holders must consult the Official Travel page, as they may be subject to different entry requirements.
Canadians must present a passport to visit Armenia. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from Armenia.
Canadians must be in possession of a visa to visit Armenia.
Transit visa: Required (for stays up to three days) Visitor visa: Required (for stays up to 120 days) Official visa: Required
Although visas can be obtained at major ports of entry, you should obtain your visa from the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Canada before departure to avoid the possibility of being refused entry or experiencing lengthy delays upon arrival. Armenian visa applications may also be submitted online through the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
Children and travel
Children need special documentation to visit certain countries. Please consult our Children page for more information.
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Armenia, however, Armenian citizenship takes precedence. Therefore, Canadian officials may be limited in their ability to provide consular services to Canadian-Armenian citizens.
Canadians with Armenian citizenship may also be subject to national obligations, such as taxes and military service. Check your status with the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Canada. Dual nationals who try to avoid the compulsory military service may be detained for draft evasion and may face hefty fines or imprisonment.
The currency is the Armenian dram (AMD). The economy is primarily cash-based. U.S. dollars and credit cards are generally accepted when paying for hotel accommodation. There are no limitations on exchange of foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding US$10,000 must be declared at border crossings. Some banks, including HSBC, may not accept a foreign bank card at automated banking machines, but withdrawals can be made at the counter with passport identification.
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For emergency assistance after hours, call the Embassy of Canada in Moscow and follow the instructions. You may also call the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.
It is not possible to make collect calls from Armenia. However, pay phones can be used for international calls. Phone cards are available at newsstands and retail outlets. Most post offices have international telephone facilities. Cabins are equipped with a meter, and payment is made after the call. Internet telephones are now available at Internet cafés.