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Travel tips for Azerbaijan - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

Mosque South of Baku 1. Do not travel in Azerbaijan cities without documents. Documents will help you to negotiate with policemen and answer to their possible questions. By the way, local police are quite strict.
2. For the authorities of Azerbaijan, a visit to Nagorno-Karabakh, which is controlled by Armenia, is a crime. If you have a customs stamp from Armenia, be prepared to answer the questions whether you visited that region or no. Give only the negative answer!
3. Corruption is quite developed in the country, so tourists might face potential problems when entering the country or traveling in the countryside. The best advice here is to refrain from renting a car, walk more, and try to minimize crossing borders with neighboring countries.
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4. Don’t forget to bargain in markets and even private shops. This way, tourists can easily decrease the price of goods twice if they can find worthy arguments for the discount.
5. It is recommended to leave tips of up to 10% of the total if the service fee is not included in the total and it is not clearly stated in the receipt. A typical reward for porters is 5-10 manats.
6. When calling a taxi, specify the exact price in advance, so there is no misunderstanding when the ride is over. If you call a taxi using a taxi service, there is no need to leave a tip. It is possible to pay with local currency only in this case.
7. Regarding cash money: local people use special slang when talking about paper money. For example, they call the 10 manat note “shirvan” because it features the Palace of the Shirvanshahs. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
8. Surprisingly, food is cheaper in supermarkets than in Yasil Bazaar. This is particularly true about traditional sweets. The quality will be equally high in both shops and bazaars.
9. The hospitality of Azerbaijani people is famous far beyond the borders of the country. A refusal to drink tea can greatly offend locals. Do not offend hospitable hosts and spend ten minutes drinking tea with them!
10. Azerbaijan doesn’t have high criminal records, so it is a relatively safe country for tourists. However, do not forget about basic safety rules, such as keep an eye on your belongings, do not leave kids alone, and so on.
11. Local exchange offices can refuse to exchange worn out and torn banknotes. The same rule applies to old dollars issued before 1992.
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12. Bank cards are widely used in the capital, but there can be problems with card payments in provincial cities and small settlements.
13. When visiting mosques and other religious landmarks, tourists shouldn’t wear shorts and clothing with open shoulders.
14. Standard European sockets are adopted in Azerbaijan. Check the electrical appliances that you plan to take beforehand and buy adapters if necessary.
15. If you find it hard to endure heat, it is better to refrain from visiting Azerbaijan during the second half of summer. The temperature is nearly 40°C during this time of the year.
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1. It is better to pay with the national currency in local restaurants, shopping centers, and markets. Some shops may accept US dollars, but sellers will probably refuse banknotes issued before 1992, as well as old notes. When heading to a market, it is better to stock up on paper money in small denominations. 2. Banks are the best place to exchange money. As a rule, the exchange rate is almost the same in different banks. In no circumstances should tourists exchange money using the services … Read more

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