How to Apply for an Azerbaijan Medical Treatment Visa

Are you planning to medical appointment trip to Azerbaijan? If yes, then this article is for you! But first, you must apply for and obtain the Azerbaijan Medical Treatment Visa. 

Azerbaijan is a country in the Eurasian region; it is a region along the borders of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is also one of the six independent Turkic states. Azerbaijan is popular for its many mountains, volcanoes, and surprisingly low poverty rate and cost of living.

This article will highlight the Azerbaijan Medical treatment visa, including the meaning, requirements, eligibility, and application process. Read on!

About Azerbaijan Medical Treatment Visa

The Azerbaijan medical treatment visa is a travel authorization that the Azerbaijan consular authorities give to foreign nationals who intend to travel to Azerbaijan for medical reasons. Sometimes, patients could require a specialist’s attention for their illness. Due to the low cost of living (and in turn, medical equipment/attention) in the country, Azerbaijan specialists are often a go-to option. 

Who Needs an Azerbaijan Medical Treatment Visa?

As already pointed out, if you’re visiting Azerbaijan for treatment, consultation, or any other medical reason, you must get a medical treatment visa. However, this does not apply to some special cases. For example, Azerbaijan has travel agreements with some countries that permit them to enter the country for a given period without needing a visa. 

Citizens of the following countries can enter Azerbaijan and stay for up to 90 days without a visa;

  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Russia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Qatar (30 days)
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

Stateless persons with relevant border-crossing documents from the Azerbaijan embassy or foreign countries may be allowed into the country without a visa. In addition, if your country is listed above, you don’t need a medical treatment visa to visit Azerbaijan for medical reasons.

Azerbaijan Medical Treatment Visa Requirements and Documentation

When planning a medical trip to Azerbaijan, you must prepare specific documents/requirements, as with any other visa. These requirements aim to ascertain your purpose of travel to the consular authorities and to provide your relevant information to them for record’s sake. If you don’t provide all the documents the embassy asks of you, they cannot approve your entry into the country.

The documents you need to prepare when applying for an Azerbaijan medical treatment visa include;

#1. National Passport

Your national passport identifies you as a citizen of your country when you travel to Azerbaijan. In addition, it carries your travel history, which might form part of the decision-making factors for the embassy. If approved, it will hold your Azerbaijan medical treatment visa too.

You are expected to submit the passport to the embassy with your other documents as it is one of the most important. Note that for the embassy to accept your passport, the passport must have a validity that extends at least three months beyond your intended travel date.

#2. Application Form

You can get the Azerbaijan visa application form online. It is a 3–4-page document that requires you to fill in your personal information and most of your travel details. This includes your intended stay duration, the visa type you need, and all the other essential information. When you fill out this form, ensure you look twice before entering the details because silly mistakes here can ruin your whole application. Also, ensure you don’t forget to append your signature at the end.

#3. Passport-Sized Photograph

You’ll need to provide two copies of your passport-sized photographs along with your application form. These photos must be recent, preferably no more than six (6) months old. They must also be colored, 3×4 in dimension, and match the biometric identification requirements. Ensure you follow these guidelines.

#4. Visa Fee

Next, you must provide proof (a receipt) that you’ve paid the visa fee. Then, you’ll confirm from the embassy in your country (or closest to your country) how they receive their payment and follow their instructions.

#5. Medical Insurance

As a principle, before you travel to Azerbaijan, you must subscribe to a medical insurance plan and provide a certificate to prove it. This plan must be valid in Azerbaijan, and for the period you plan to stay in the country. However, if you have a host willing to cover your medical expenses, you don’t need to get a plan; you only need a statement from them.

#6. Proof of Ailment

When applying for an Azerbaijan medical visa, you must provide proof that you’ve been diagnosed with an ailment. You can bring a doctor’s report to this effect. You can also bring other medical test results, such as x-rays.

#7. Letter from Medical Institution

Before planning to travel for a medical appointment, you must have made contact with the specialist or the medical institution. They will provide an invitation/appointment letter for you, which you will present to the embassy at your application. However, before giving you a copy, the specialist or institution must contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to obtain clearance for this letter. 

#8. Other Documents

Besides all the documents listed above, there are some optional extra documents you may be asked to present, depending on the nature of your medical appointment. They include;

  • Proof of accommodation, e.g., a hotel reservation.
  • Travel itinerary: a round-trip ticket indicating your intended date of return. 
  • Birth certificate signed consent letter from parents and identity document of the said parents when the applicant is less than 18 years of age.

How to Apply for an Azerbaijan Medical Treatment Visa

Applying for the Azerbaijan medical treatment visa is not quite as confusing when you have all the requirements as it is when you don’t. We have broken it down into the following steps;

  1. Contact the Azerbaijan embassy in your country; or if there’s none, the one closest to your country, and confirm that they have no additional requirements for your country. Also, confirm how they accept payment so that you can pay the visa fee and whether or not they accept applications by mail.
  2. Gather all the required documents as listed above. Ensure you download, fill out, and sign the application form as we explained under requirements and documentation.
  3. Pay the visa fees as directed by the embassy and enclose the receipt with other required documents.
  4. If the embassy accepts applications, you can mail the documents to them. Else, you will have to submit it in person.
  5. Wait for the verdict. The embassy will notify you if your Azerbaijan medical treatment visa is granted.

Azerbaijan Medical Treatment Visa Fees and Processing Time

Besides the transit visa, Azerbaijan has two kinds of visas; single entry and multiple entries. The Azerbaijan single-entry visas cost $20 in most countries, while multiple-entry visas cost $350. However, some countries have different prices; confirm your country’s visa fee here.

The processing time for an Azerbaijan visa is ten days. However, the embassy doesn’t accept applications later than 15 days before your intended travel date. Suppose you prove you’re applying late for the visa due to a medical emergency or that your direct relative in Azerbaijan has just died. In that case, the embassy will process your application faster. They will accept your application as late as 48 hours before your trip.

Frequently Asked Questions

#1. How long does it take to get an Azerbaijan urgent e-visa?

The Azerbaijan urgent e-visa takes about three hours to process; you can complete the application online and get your visa approved in such a short time. It is valid for up to 90 days but allows you to stay in the country for only 30.

#2. Can I get a visa on arrival in Azerbaijan?

Azerbaijan has a visa-on-arrival program. However, not every foreigner is eligible to apply for it. Citizens of the following countries can get a visa on arrival in Azerbaijan;

  • Bahrain*
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kuwait*
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Oman*
  • Qatar*
  • Saudi Arabia*
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • the United Arab Emirates*

(*)Both citizens and residents can also obtain a visa on arrival. 

Meanwhile, people who hold an invitation letter from the Azerbaijan authorities also qualify for a visa on arrival, as well as Asian Development Bank (ADB) staff who have official letters from the bank.

#3. Is the Schengen visa valid for Azerbaijan?

No, it is not. Azerbaijan is not part of the Schengen area agreement. Hence, you cannot enter the country using a Schengen visa.

#4. How long can I stay in Azerbaijan on a medical treatment visa?

Like any Azerbaijan entry visa, the medical treatment visa allows its holders to stay in the country for up to 90 days. Although, if you intend to stay beyond 15 days, you will have to register in the city where you’re staying.

#5. Can I extend my Azerbaijan medical treatment visa?

Yes, you can. The Azerbaijan medical treatment visa extension program allows you to extend your visa for an extra 60 days if the first 90 are insufficient to get through your medical treatment. However, you must submit your application three (3) days before your visa expires.

Conclusion

If you intend to visit Azerbaijan for medical-related reasons, a medical treatment visa is what you need to get your journey started. You are guaranteed to get top-notch medical attention without the cutthroat prices that come with most first-world countries.

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