|Typhoid & Polio
Medical care is free, and tourists are treated largely free of charge in emergencies. It is not always guaranteed outside of Baku. Anyone who takes medication regularly should stock their first-aid kit sufficiently. In view of the shortage of medicines, outdated equipment and the overall inadequate medical care, taking out travel health insurance with emergency repatriation is strongly recommended. There is an “SOS Clinic” in Baku that has English-speaking doctors: Dr. Kristin Kriesel: Ul. Rashida Behbudowa 30, 370000 Baku, Tel: (0099) (0412) 493 40 89/493 73 54. Mobile: (050) 212 69 21. The clinic has examination and laboratory facilities. In the vicinity of the embassy is the dental clinic of Dr. Erdal Vural. Dr. Bülent Yazar Buyruk, a Turkish dentist who speaks good English. Check indexdotcom for more information.
: There is a potential risk of malaria in the south of the country, in the border area with Iran, in the north-east and in the Khachmas region. The city of Baku is considered malaria-free. Only the less dangerous form Plasmodium vivax occurs. Recommendation: mosquito repellent.
Food and drink
Due to the risk of possible intestinal infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. Drinking tap water is not recommended. Water should either be boiled or otherwise sterilized before it is used for drinking, brushing teeth, and making ice cubes, or it should be bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is usually not pasteurized and should be boiled. Only mix canned milk or milk powder with sterile water. Avoid dairy products made from raw milk. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled.
The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Across the country, there is a risk of transmission of borreliosis/Lyme disease from ticks, especially in grass, shrubs and undergrowth. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is also transmitted by ticks. Vaccination against this disease is possible. Nationwide there is an increased risk of infection with hepatitis A. Hepatitis B is endemic. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given for longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by butterfly gnats, occurs sporadically in the south. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. rabies occurs. Carriers include dogs, cats, forest animals and bats. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Vaccination against tuberculosis is recommended for risk groups and for longer stays.
1 New Manat = 100 Qäpik. Currency code: AM, AZN (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 manat and coins in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5, 3 and 1 qäpik.
Major credit cards are accepted in larger hotels, some restaurants and all banks in Baku. However, cash payment is generally preferred. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.
Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. Often, however, only a smaller amount (200 AZN) can be withdrawn. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.
Traveler’s checks are not accepted in Azerbaijan.
Bank opening hours
Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., some larger banks also open until 6 p.m.
Foreign exchange regulations
The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import of foreign currencies is unlimited and must be declared upon entry. The export of foreign currencies with a maximum equivalent value of US$ 1000 is free of charge. Declaration and exchange receipts should be kept well.
US dollars and euros are accepted almost everywhere and can be exchanged at airports, exchange offices, hotels, some shops, some restaurants and major banks. Some hotels, restaurants, and bureaux de change do not accept dollar bills issued before 1992. Travelers should carry undamaged banknotes in small denominations and exchange smaller amounts as needed. Black market rates are not significantly cheaper than official exchange rates. There are now a few ATMs in Baku.
|Exchange rates (no guarantee)
|1 EUR = 1.83
1 CHF = 2.17
1 USD = 1.75