Armenia: Various travel information
Entry and exit regulations
German, Austrian and Swiss citizens need a passport that is valid for at least five months and a visa to enter the country.
Issuing of visas in Germany
Visa Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia
Walnut Avenue 4
Tel.: 0049 – (0) 30 – 40 50 91 10
Issuing of visas in Austria and Switzerland
See under Representation of Armenia in Austria and Switzerland
There are direct flights from Frankfurt/M. and Cologne to Yerevan. Flight connections from other European cities go via Moscow, but are less reliable. The country’s international airport is located in Zvartnots, about 10 km from Yerevan.
Zvartnots International Airport
About 10 kilometers from Yerevan, near the town of Zvartnots, is the international airport, which is the best way to reach Yerevan. It spreads along the Etchmiadzin road and was completed in 1981. The main airlines that fly to it are Aeroflot and Lufthansa. Please note the airport fee of 10,000 Armenian Dram (around 20 euros), which all passengers who do not travel by plane have to pay in cash before checking in for the return flight.
International railway connections currently only exist via Georgia and Iran. The borders with Turkey and Azerbaijan have been closed for an indefinite period. However, traveling by train is considered unsafe as it can lead to robberies.
Car and bus
A single road, the Kajaran Highway, leads to Iran. The roads to Georgia are considered unsafe. There are regular buses to Tehran every day and to Istanbul and Moscow once a week.
Travel in the country
There are limited air connections within the country.
Buses and minibuses (Marshrutkas)
Buses and minibuses (Marshrutkas) are the main means of transport, especially in Erivans, in public transport. There are currently 46 bus and 24 trolleybus routes in total. Practically every place in Armenia can be reached in this way within a day. However, the unmanageable number of different regional bus stations in Yerevan is problematic for (foreign) visitors. And as for the minibuses, they mostly run through places that are difficult to find. It is therefore always best to ask the bus driver to drop you off at more convenient places, otherwise you will end up in nowhere and will find it difficult to find your way to your destination.
The country has 852 km of electrified railroad lines. Traveling by train in Yerevan and Armenia is an inexpensive but also uncomfortable way to travel. Those who are adventurous can visit the Yerevan Lake Sevan, the Yerevan Gyumri, the Vanadzor Alaverdi Tbilisi and the Yerevan Yevlakh for Consider further distances.
There is only one train station in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, which can be reached by metro (via Sasuntsi Davit station). It was designed in Soviet-like communism architecture and is of course also used for long-distance transport. According to the Turkish and Azerbaijani blockades of Armenia, there is currently only one international train. This travels to neighboring Georgia every two days. For between 9,000 and 18,000 Armenian dram (20 38 to €) you can take the night train to the Georgian capital Tbilisi, from where the same train continues to Batumi on the Black Sea. The only railroad into Iran went through the Nakhichevan border crossing, which is now closed.
Yerevan Metro The Yerevan Metro
has existed since 1981 and was expanded considerably by 1996. Nowadays it runs a total of 13.4 kilometers and has an annual passenger volume of an estimated 15.5 million people. The subway operates from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and runs every 5 minutes during rush hour. You can’t get through the city more modern or faster for 50 Armenian dram (approx. 0.05 euros). Extensions have been decided for the future, including a second line to Jeras.
The wonderful decorations in the subway stations, which often show Armenian-national motifs, are also very worth seeing.
Armenia has about 7,700 km of paved roads. These are in a very bad condition and there are only a few petrol stations. A special feature of the Armenian transport system is the relatively high proportion of vehicles that run on natural gas instead of gasoline or diesel. According to estimates by the Armenian Ministry of Transport, this proportion is 20 to 30%.
Taxis without a taxi company name on their side are generally more expensive and tend to charge foreign visitors more money than usual. It is therefore advisable to request a taxi by phone or to look for more modern vehicles, which almost always have a taximeter. You should make sure that the drivers actually turn on the taximeters. It is also cheap to bring change, as many drivers pretend they have no change and earn an extra tip in this way.
The standard prices are at least 500 to 600 dram for the first five kilometers and then around 100 dram for each additional kilometer. You can also rent a vehicle and driver on a daily basis. It’s worth it for trips outside of Yerevan. However, it will cost about 28 euros – plus fuel costs.
Be careful with taxis at the airport. They will often try to get a completely illusory amount of 20,000 dram and more and tell you that there is no bus or that the nearest bus stop is far from the airport. It certainly goes without saying that this information is only correct in the reality of the respective taxi driver.
It is advisable to obtain more detailed information from the ADAC, the AvD or the traffic clubs of Armenia.
Urban: In built-up areas there is a speed limit of 50 km/h.
Country roads: There is a speed limit of 100/110 km/h on country roads.
In addition, it is of course necessary to pay attention to the current local speed limits, which are indicated by traffic signs.
The official alcohol limit in Armenia for drivers of motor vehicles is 0.0 per mille.
National currency, souvenirs
The national currency of Armenia is the Dram
1 Armenian Dram = 100 Luma
– The import and export of the local currency is permitted without restriction. Amounts of money over US $ 10,000 must be declared.
– The import and export of foreign currencies is permitted without restriction. However, amounts of money over US $ 10,000 must be declared.
Tourists in Armenia like to buy handicrafts such as ceramics, wood carvings, objects made of stone (obsidian), jewelry and silk goods. A visit to the “Vernissage” craft market in the capital Yerevan is particularly recommended. Antiques such as icons or carpets should only be purchased in official shops where the required export license is available.
According to Abbreviationfinder, the international license plate of Armenia is:
International license plate
Armenian Tourism Development Agency
Tel: 00374 – (0) 1 – 54 23 03/-06
In Armenia only a few infectious diseases are to be expected that do not also occur in Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
Malaria, there is a low risk of malaria in some areas, exclusively with malaria tertiana, especially in the months of June to October.
Lyme disease, as a result of tick bites
Cholera, an infection risk only exists for travelers who can come into contact with contaminated water or contaminated food
Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water, including amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella and worm infestation, as well as all kinds of viruses and bacteria
Early summer meningo encephalitis (TBE), mainly as a result of tick bites
Hepatitis A and B, an infection with hepatitis B, is only to be expected in people who can come into contact with blood or in those who seek sexual contact.
Typhoid fever, an infection risk only exists for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
When traveling to Armenia, the same vaccinations are recommended as in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Cholera, but only among travelers who can come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food
Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist in your home country
Hepatitis A and B, a vaccination against hepatitis B, is only required for people who may come into contact with blood or for those who seek sexual contact.
Polio, polio, a vaccination against polio should always exist, also in the home country
Tetanus, a vaccination against tetanus should always exist in the home country
Typhoid, but only in travelers who may come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food
There are no vaccination regulations when entering or staying in Armenia.
The assessment of the current risk situation in Armenia due to diseases (epidemics), terrorism, a particularly high crime rate and current or threatened natural disasters can be obtained from the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tel.: (030) 5000-2000
The Foreign Office advises you to take out health insurance abroad with repatriation insurance. https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de
Armenia: embassies, consulates
Visit Countryaah for a full list of Armenia embassies and consulates in each country around the world.
Representations of Armenia in Germany
The building of the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Berlin is located on Nussbaumallee – a quiet street lined with beautiful villas in the Westend district of Berlin-Charlottenburg.
The beautiful villa has been used by Armenia as an embassy building since 2001.
Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Berlin
Tel.: 0049 – (0) 30 – 405 09 10
Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia Südbeckenstrasse
Tel: 0049 – (0) 721 – 47 17 87 11 80/-1/-2/-3
Representations of Germany in Armenia
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Yerevan
Tel.: 00347 – (0) 410 – 52 32 79
00347 – (0) 410 – 52 45 81
Web: www.eriwan. diplo.de
Austrian representations in Armenia
The German Embassy in Yerevan is responsible for issuing tourist visas under the Schengen Agreement.
Representations of Armenia in Austria
Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Vienna
Tel: 0043 – (0) 1 – 522 74 79
Swiss representation in Armenia
The embassy in Georgia is responsible .
Office of the Swiss Embassy Yerevan
1st Koryun Lane, Building 11
Tel: 00374 – 10 52 40 88
Representation of Armenia in Switzerland
Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Geneva
Avenue du Mail 28
Tel.: 0041 – (0) 22 – 320 11 00