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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  • Posted on 16 March 2012 at 10:49
    Hi do Irish people require a Visa? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 March 2012 at 06:22
    Hi there - we are fans from Australia and hoping to come - if we can get visas!

    Will the simplified visa at the airport apply to us too? Or will we need to obtain a tourist visa before we arrive?

    We have bought tickets to Eurovison, but we are not nationals of any competing country.

    Getting a visa is complicated from Australia as we do not have an Azeri embassy here and would need to go through Moscow or Turkey or such. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 February 2012 at 13:01
    @ Koksy In order to go to Europe Azerbaijanis also have to pay the same price for Visa, and it's not all. Getting visa to Europe is very complicated process, many people even if they have all required documents can’t get it. Thats why it’s very fair. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 February 2012 at 20:29
    Koksy, this is the minimum what we have to pay, to go to Europe. For example, for us to go to GB its GBP 100. Normally visa prices are reciprocal. Sri Lankans, for example pay only USD 25 to come to Azerbaijan as this is what we have to pay to go there. In countries where entrance is free for us, their citizens also don't pay to enter Azerbaijan.

    Currently, there are talks between EU and Azerbaijan to simplify the visa procedure or even remove the need for visas...

    Hotels... the prices are not there because government is trying to control them, right... TO MAKE THEM CHEAPER! Because the private owners hiked up the prices. Government tells them they have to lower prices. Not sure what will come of it - will the greedy private owners take over or our government will be able to persuade them to lower the prices...
    :))) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2012 at 21:14
    Haha 60 euros for a visa to visit the country for a weekend, £500 for a flight and who knows how much for tickets and hotels LOL. Will there be anybody there? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2012 at 21:13
    60 Euros to enter the country for a weekend haha what a rip off! Do they not want to encourage tourists to visit? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2012 at 15:04
    @happy weekend,

    yep,that's true:) there's no need for gettin' visa in RF if ya gonna stay less than 3 months in Azerbaijan;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2012 at 05:22
    @SusannaofArmenia

    well, if you can book a room, my dear, on hotels.com, tell me! for me, it's just saying: Aucun hôtel ne correspond à vos critères de recherche.

    There's no such thing: recommmended hotels. Probably you might reffer to agreed by the cogernment hotels. LOL!

    so, let me know if for you worked. i have my doubts. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 February 2012 at 23:41
    MIster K_

    go to hotels.com or orbitz.com or even yahoo.com. The internet has no boundaries, my dear. if one doesn't have, the other has. Official hotels are only suggestions, since they are the ones that are closer to the venue. it's been like that every year in Eurovision or even in the Olympics. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 February 2012 at 22:48
  • Posted on 10 February 2012 at 21:06
    btw waiting for update an official app for iOS ;) can't wait to get brandnew icon on my phone with this year logo! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 February 2012 at 21:02
    Russians don't need visa to visit Azerbaijan as i know =) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 February 2012 at 20:55
  • Posted on 10 February 2012 at 19:02
    "More information about ticket sales and official hotels is expected very shortly." ? Why is that? I thought anyone can choose the hotel they want. By the way, on booking.com, there are no hotels to be booked and that is not because there are no hotels in Baku or any rooms left, but because the government unfortunatly try to controll the prices. And by the way, the prices for hotels available for foreigners, doubled. Which is sad. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 February 2012 at 18:39
    When tickets will be available???? report to the moderator