Details on visa and accreditation for Baku

Details on visa and accreditation for Baku
Theme art for Baku 2012. Photo: EBU/Ictimai TV
Geneva, Switzerland -

As Azerbaijani authorities announce a simplified visa procedure for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU announces more details about press and fan accreditation for the upcoming edition of Europe's favourite TV show. Details about official hotels and ticket sales are due, but upcoming.

Visa information

Visa is required for those travelling into Azerbaijan. A simplified visa procedure applies to individuals visiting Baku for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

Please inform yourself of the relevant procedure below:

Accredited individuals

  • As from Thursday 10 May, accredited delegates, accredited journalists and accredited fans can obtain their entry visa upon arrival at Baku International Airport
  • You will receive single-entry visa for your stay, valid until 1 June
  • You need to bring:
    • a filled out application form (available on the plane and at the airport)
    • your passport, which is valid for at least three months after your planned departure from Baku
    • 2 (two) passport-size colored photos of 3 by 4 centimeter, against a white background
    • AZN 60 visa fee (approximately EUR 60), to be paid upon arrival (exact fees might differ based on bilateral treaties between Azerbaijan and your country of origin)
    • a print-out of your accreditation confirmation email

It is also possible to apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan in your country. Please visit the website of the Embassy or Consulate for more information.

Accredited delegates and organisers can already obtain a visa as from 15 April with an official invitation letter from the Host Broadcaster, Ictimai TV.

Ticket holders

  • As from Thursday 10 May, holders of a 2012 Eurovision Song Contest ticket can obtain their entry visa upon arrival at Baku International Airport
  • You will receive single-entry visa for your stay, valid until 1 June
  • You need to bring:
    • a filled out application form (available on the plane and at the airport)
    • your passport, which is valid for at least three months after your planned departure from Baku
    • 2 (two) passport-size colored photos of 3 by 4 centimeter, against a white background
    • AZN 60 visa fee (approximately EUR 60), to be paid upon arrival (exact fees might differ based on bilateral treaties between Azerbaijan and your country of origin)
    • a print-out of your ticket booking confirmation

Other invited guests

  • Invited guests with an official invitation letter from Ictimai TV to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest can obtain their entry visa upon arrival at Baku International Airport as from Thursday 10 May, or obtain a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan in your country
  • You will receive single-entry visa for your stay, valid until 1 June
  • You need to bring:
    • a filled out application form (available on the plane and at the airport)
    • your passport, which is valid for at least three months after your planned departure from Baku
    • 2 (two) passport-size colored photos of 3 by 4 centimeter, against a white background
    • AZN 60 visa fee (approximately EUR 60), to be paid upon arrival (exact fees might differ based on bilateral treaties between Azerbaijan and your country of origin)
    • the official invitation letter to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, issued by Ictimai TV

Journalists that wish to travel to Azerbaijan prior to 10 May should send their request to [email protected] at least four weeks prior to their planned journey.

Note that in accordance with Azerbaijani law, individuals who have travelled to the Nagorno-Karabach region without permission from the Azeri authorities cannot obtain visa to enter Azerbaijan.

Accreditation

Application for delegate, press and fan accreditation takes place online, through the Eurovision Family Accreditation System (EFAS). Accreditation opens on Wednesday 15 February at 12:00 CET and closes at 23:59 (CET) on 20 April.

Please note that accreditation after the deadline cannot be guaranteed and could only be provided in exceptional cases.

Tickets & official hotels

More information about ticket sales and official hotels is expected very shortly. Stay tuned for more information on Eurovision.tv!

A detailed Q&A will be available in due time as well, answering a variety of questions about travelling to Azerbaijan for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.


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