- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional Information
- Embassy Contact
High Degree of Caution
Latest Travel Alert
In 2022, there were military clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan along their shared border. Although a ceasefire has been agreed, the situation remains tense and highly changeable, with frequent skirmishes. We advise against all travel near the border of Azerbaijan, particularly to provinces of Syunik, Vayots Dzor and the eastern part of the province of Gegharkunik.
We also advise against travel to Nagorno-Karabakh. Since 12 December access to the Lachin Corridor, which connects to Nagorno-Karabakh has been blocked to civilian and commercial traffic, and the situation in the region is tense and highly changeable.
General Travel Advice
There is no Irish Embassy in Armenia and we can only offer limited consular services. If you require assistance in an emergency, please contact the Honorary Consul in Yerevan or the Irish Embassy in Sofia.
Irish citizens need a valid passport to enter Armenia. Irish citizens are also reminded of the requirement to be in possession of a valid form of photographic identification such as a passport at all times. Irish passports should have a minimum validity of 3 months, but preferably 6 months from date of entry, when travelling to Armenia, and it should be valid for the duration of your stay.
Irish citizens do not require a visa to enter Armenia. However, if you are staying for longer than 90 days, you are advised to register your presence with the OVIR (Administration Department for Passports and Visas):
Address: Mashtots Ave. 13A,
Tel: 00 374 10 536 932/ 941
Visitors to Armenia are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities and stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.
Citizens can also follow the Irish Embassy in Sofia on social media (Twitter @IrishEmbSofia and Facebook) to ensure access to relevant updates and alerts.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.
You can contact the emergency services in Armenia by dialling 911. Specific emergency numbers are:
- Police: 101
- Fire brigade: 102
- Ambulance: 103
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers all your planned activities.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
The border Azerbaijan remains closed. Due to an escalation of incidents throughout 2022, most recently on 13 September 2022, we advise against any travel near the border of Azerbaijan, particularly to the provinces of Syunik, Vayots Dzor and the eastern part of the province of Gegharkunik.
Armenia’s land border with Turkey is closed.
Irish citizens are advised not to travel to Nagorno Karabakh.
Irish citizens should avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people if at all possible. Political demonstrations may take place in central Yerevan, particularly close to the Opera Square, and in other cities and towns around the country.
Sometimes such demonstrations, even if intended to be peaceful, can turn confrontational. If it’s necessary to be in the vicinity of a demonstration or gatherings, you should be extremely vigilant at all times.
Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser.
Although the threat from terrorism in Armenia is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime remains relatively low in Armenia but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Armenia, report it to the local police immediately. You can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Sofia or the Irish Honorary Consul in Yerevan if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Armenia, you should be extremely careful. Roads outside the principal cities can be bad and the local standard of driving is poor, with drivers commonly flouting traffic laws. Driving in Armenia is on the right-hand side of the road. If you want to drive, bring your full Irish and international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Public transport tends to be crowded and poorly maintained. Buses run at irregular times and may be difficult to negotiate if you don’t speak Armenian or Russian.
Taxis are relatively cheap and accessible in Yerevan. They can be hailed easily on the street. Check that the meter is running. If there’s no meter, negotiate a price for the journey before you start. Average prices for journeys in the city centre are in the region of 500-1000 dram.
We recommend flying to Armenia on a scheduled international flight. Western airlines currently serving Armenia include Aegean, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Ukrainian International Airlines and LOT.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Armenia is an orthodox Christian country and women can usually dress in normal western-style clothing, although they may be expected to cover their heads when in Church. Outside the capital however, people are more conservative.
Avoid photographing sites such as military bases, equipment and installations in whatever condition. These are considered sensitive areas and visitors have been detained and questioned while attempting to photograph them.
You should also be aware of cultural sensitivities when photographing churches and other religious sites. If in doubt, ask permission.
Homosexuality was decriminalised in August 2003 but it’s still an unacceptable lifestyle for the majority of Armenians. We advise travellers to exercise discretion on visits to Armenia.
Medical facilities outside Yerevan are generally poor and treatment isn’t recommended for anything other than minor ailments. In case of medical need and for advice and assistance contact the Irish Honorary Consul in Yerevan.
Check with your doctor a minimum of eight weeks in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Armenia.
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
EU passport holders no longer require a visa to visit Armenia. The entrance stamp is valid for a period of 90 days only.
Passports should have a minimum validity of 3 months, but preferably 6 months from date of entry and also should be valid for entire stay in Armenia.
If you intend to stay in Armenia longer than 90 days, you must register with the OVIR (Administration Department for Passports and Visas):
Address: Mashtots Ave. 13A,
Tel: 00 374 10 536 932/ 941
Travelling with children
Dual national passport holders entering Armenia using their Armenian passport and travelling with children on an Irish passport should be aware of Armenian nationality law before entering the country. Children arriving on an Irish passport with parents entering on an Armenian passport will require an Armenian passport to leave the country.
Under Armenian law, a child of an Armenian passport holder is automatically regarded as Armenian. This can have implications if you’re applying for visa extensions or when you’re leaving Armenia, as the Armenian authorities may request that an Armenian passport be produced. It may particularly affect men of military age who have not carried out their compulsory Armenian military service.
Cheques are not used in Armenia. Prices for goods and services are often quoted in US Dollars, but by law, payment must be made in the Armenian Dram. Many ATMs can be found in the cities and most towns. Foreign currency exchanges are also available in branches of the major banks, exchange bureaus and in some supermarkets. We recommend that you avoid exchanging money on the street.
Armenia is in an active seismic zone. The last serious earthquake, in 1988, was centred in the Lori region in the north, killing between 25,000 and 50,000 people, injuring thousands and leaving several cities in ruins. Always follow the instructions of local authorities in case of an emergency.
Please note that if you require assistance in the case of an emergency while the Embassy is closed, you can contact the main Embassy number, +359 2 985 3425, to receive further information on emergency consular assistance.
Embassy of Ireland
Platinum Business Centre
26-28 Bacho Kiro Street
Tel: +359 2 985 3425
Fax: +359 2 983 3302
Monday to Friday 09:15 - 16:45
Honorary Consulate Contact
Mr. Jonathan Stark,
Honorary Consul of Ireland,
18/1 Vardanants str.,
Tel: +37410 526330
Tel: +37410 526331
Fax: +37410 547883
Please be advised that the Consulate is not staffed full time. For emergency consular assistance please contact our Honorary Consul Mr Jonathan Stark via phone or email.
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Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.