Frequently asked questions

Armenia (Hayastan), officially the Republic of Armenia ( Hayastani Hanrapetut’yun), is a landlocked, mountainous country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia. Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, it is bordered by Turkey to the west, Georgia to the north, the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan to the east, and Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the south.

Armenia is good to visit any time of the year: its unique nature and climate features allow you to enjoy the country in any weather. In addition, all known and popular attractions are also located close to roads, making it possible to visit them regardless of weather conditions. 

And yet, perhaps it is best to admire Armenia in sunny weather. Fortunately, the probability of doing so is high – through out almost the whole territory of the country the number of sunny days per year is clearly predominant and reaches from 280 to 300 days. 

Nevertheless, for each type of travel (vehicle-based, trekking, hiking, biking, or combined) there is a recommended time of year.

Armenia is one of the safest countries in the world. Armenians have a very strong sense of honor and community. To do anything dishonorable would bring shame not only upon the individual, but also upon his or her family and friends, and these ties are often the foundation of a generally safe environment throughout the country.

There are no special vaccinations that are necessary to travel to Armenia. 

You should nevertheless go to your doctor before visiting Armenia to make sure you’re in good health and, if you have any issues, to make sure you come prepared.

You can expect people in Yerevan to speak some English, especially the youth. Young and old outside of Yerevan speak very little English, but in almost all places there are at least a few people who do. As with most things in Armenia, it’s best to ask around.

If you want to say “English” in Armenian, say “angleren,” and locals might find someone they know who speaks English to translate.

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Armenia. We recommend checking the list of countries whose nationals are unilaterally exempted from the requirement of obtaining a visa, using the following link: mfa.am/en/visa/

If you are from a country, whose nationals need a visa to Armenia, we recommend obtaining an e-visa in advance using the following link: https://evisa.mfa.am/.

Fill in the requested information and submit to receive a link to the application form emailed to you. Please use the address of your finishing point hotel for the Contact Information in Armenia. You will need to upload a scanned passport sized photo and a passport copy to complete your application.

In Armenia, there are three mobile operators - Beeline Armenia, VivaCell-MTS and Ucom. SIM card can be purchased at one of the service centers of operators or directly at the airport. For registration of SIM cards one needs a passport. The SIM card approximately costs AMD 500, 400 AMD of which are already on the number balance.

Tipping is becoming increasingly common in Armenia, particularly at restaurants and cafés, with rounding up the bill or adding 10% the general rule. Some restaurants have started adding service fees, though this won’t necessarily be going to your waiter. Tipping for other services is not customary, save for taxi drivers where rounding up the fare is common.

Armenia is blessed with abundant water, sourced from the impressive mountains throughout the land. As a result, there are fountains all over the country, called “pulpulaks.” Generally, you should feel free to drink from any “pulpulak” or tap: there is a water sanitation system in place that works well. 

Keep in mind that you’re in a different country: every place has different bacteria in food and water. If you have an upset stomach it does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with what you’re eating or drinking, but rather your body could be adjusting to the local bacteria. If you don’t feel well, stop by a pharmacy and ask for something to settle your stomach. Don’t let it deter you from enjoying the food and drink of the country during the rest of your trip.

Credit cards are accepted in Yerevan and other major cities, though it’s best not to rely too heavily on them. Visa is the more commonly accepted of the major credit cards brands.

ATMs are common in Yerevan and other major cities, less so in small towns. Visa cards (with the Visa Electron) are the best bet, and some local ATMs are also connected to the Plus and Maestro systems.

You better buy souvenirs at the fair "Vernissage", which is open on Saturdays and Sundays. On weekdays Vernissage works in a highly downsized version. In the central part of the city, as well, you can find a variety of souvenir shops and stores.

Armenian brandy is better to buy at the Yerevan Brandy Company (low prices, quality assurance). If desired, Spinnaker Travel will organize for you a fascinating tour of the brandy distillery and tasting of different brands of cognac. Also brandy can be purchased in retail stores of Yerevan, or in duty-free shop upon departure from Armenia.

Currency unit of Armenia is Armenian dram. The state currency is in circulation from November 22, 1993. In circulation are coins in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 AMD and the banknote denominations of 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100 000 AMD.

In Armenia, things are easy with the Internet. There are several Internet service providers; mobile operators also provide internet service for mobile devices. Almost all the hotels, inns, restaurants and public areas of Yerevan have free Wi-Fi. You can also purchase a portable flash online.

Flagging down a taxi is as easy as pie: just put your hand up. You might also see taxi drivers parked outside, so you can approach them and ask if they’re free. “Azat ek?” 

If you’ve got time, call a taxi instead: they usually show up within five minutes if you’re in the city center. Also, if you’re at a restaurant or hotel, you can ask the personnel to call a taxi for you around the time you plan on leaving. Taxi drivers are accustomed to waiting, so if you can’t make it out there immediately, you don’t have to rush. 

The first four kilometers cost 600 AMD ($1.2) and every kilometer after that is 100 AMD ($0.2). Trips around the center of Yerevan should run no more than 600 AMD, but once you start approaching some areas outside the center, expect to pay between 700 AMD and 1000 AMD, depending on how far you’ve gone.

 

If you plan a sightseeing holiday in Armenia, which involves the purchase of tourist package includes hotel, half board and a sightseeing tour with a guide; you should be prepared to spend $ 70-120 a day. All depends on the hotel category and the number of your group.