Our Azerbaijani office

Inter Relocation Group Ltd.

1068 Budapest,
Felsőerdősor u.
12-14. I. em. 4.
Hungary (Group Partner)

Contact
Stuart McAlister – Managing Director
Tel.: +36 1 278-5680
Fax: +36 1 278-5688
Email: info@interrelo.com
Responsible for: Operations in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Relocation Guide

Key Facts

Government type: Presidential republic
Capital: Baku
Total Area: 86,600 km2
Population: 9,624,900

GDP Per Capita (PPP) $ 17,500
Official languages: Azerbaijani
Religions: Muslim 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox 2.3%, other 1.8%
Country code: +994
Currency: Manat (AZN)
Voltage: 220 V

Brief Overview

Azerbaijan is located between the Caspian Sea in the east and the Black Sea in the west, with Russia to the north and Iran and Turkey to the south. Being one of the former Soviet republics, it is now an independent coun­try and part of the CIS.
The economy of Azerbaijan is largely based on oil industry, and the majority of expats moving to the country are working in this sector.

Even though Azerbaijan is a Muslim country (more than 90% of the population is Muslim), there are no religious restrictions. People dress in an international way and women are not expected to cover hair or shoulders as well as there are no limitations on sales of alcohol or other products.

Culture

The official language is Azerbaijani or “Azeri”, a Turkic language, which is spoken by some 82% of Azerbaijan’s citizens. At the same time, 38% of Azerbaijanis speak Russian fluently to accommodate Russian domination of the economy and politics.

Azerbaijan can indeed boast its picturesque landscapes and abundant natural resources as well as rich cultural heritage. Since Azerbaijan was a part of Persian and Turkic states, its cultural development  was massively influenced by those countries. This influence is particularly noticeable in literature and music. Azerbaijani national musical art takes special pride in such original genres as folk songs, dances and Ashug, while Azerbaijani folklore is represented by diverse genres with the heroic epos and poems called dastans being the most significant pieces of literature.

Given the fact that 9 of the world’s 11 climate zones can be found in Azerbaijan, its land produces a great variety of fresh herbs and vegetables. Apart from famous soups and kebabs, Azerbaijan’s most distinctive dish is a saffron rice-based dish called plov.

Immigration

Most citizens require a visa to enter Azerbaijan. There are some lucky exceptions, though: citizens of Belarus, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan can spend up to 90 days in Azerbaijan without visa. Due to the official state of war between Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia, Azerbaijan bans the entry of citizens from Armenia, as well as citizens of any other country who are of Armenian ancestry.

To apply for an ordinary entry visa, an application stating the purpose and duration of the visit should be submit­ted to embassies and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Keep in mind that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expiry date of the Azerbaijani visa applied for. If there are less than 3 months till the expiry of the passport, a visa will not be granted.

For employments: a work permit, residence permit and a work visa will be required.

Rental Market

The majority of expatriates who relocate to Azerbaijan are living in the country’s capital Baku, with a popula­tion of 2,5 million – nearly a quarter of the nation’s total. It is a developed progressive city combining modern high-rise skyscrapers and the Old City with its historical buildings.

Most expatriates live either in downtown apartments or in one of the international compounds (Stonepay, Grand Park, Badamdar). Some other complexes popular with expats are Wellington Heights, Seaview apartment building, Park Residence and others. Downtown apartments would mostly be offered in modern buildings, as there are not many historic residential buildings that meet international standards.
Below you can find table reflecting housing prices for different types of property in Baku.

1 bedroom 2 bedrooms 3 bedrooms 4+ bedrooms / townhouse
$1,000-$2,000 $2,000-$3,000 $3,000-$6,000 $4,000-$10,000
Infrastructure

Baku is a vibrant city with no shortage in any kind of infrastructure – restaurants, fitness or shopping. In Baku you will also find some of the world most famous hotels, like Marriott or Hyatt. And, of course, numerous shopping options: from traditional outdoor markets to modern shopping centers.

Schools

There are quite a few international schools available in Baku: Quality Schools International (QSI), Baku Oxford School, The International School of Azerbaijan and others. Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Availability is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality.

Schools most popular with expats:
Baku International School
Baku Oxford school
British School in Baku
The International School of Azerbaijan

Health Care

The majority of medical facilities are state-owned and their services are free of charge. Polyclinics provide outpatient services, hospitals and specialised clinics offer both outpatient and inpatient services.
Nowadays, a number of private medical establishments in Azerbaijan is growing very rapidly. Professional healthcare is available at private clinics and hospitals, which have modern equipment. Despite the fact that private clinics are completely independent entities, it is obligatory for them to be certified by the Ministry of Health. Although government-funded healthcare is available across Azerbaijan, an increasing number of Azerbaijanis, and most expats, opt to go private. Obtaining health insurance is therefore a priority for many foreigners moving to the country.

International medical centres in Azerbaijan:

MediClub
MEDILUX

Key Facts

Government type: Presidential republic
Capital: Baku
Total Area: 86,600 km2
Population: 9,624,900

GDP Per Capita (PPP) $ 17,500
Official languages: Azerbaijani
Religions: Muslim 93.4%, Russian Orthodox 2.5%, Armenian Orthodox 2.3%, other 1.8%
Country code: +994
Currency: Manat (AZN)
Voltage: 220 V

Brief Overview

Azerbaijan is located between the Caspian Sea in the east and the Black Sea in the west, with Russia to the north and Iran and Turkey to the south. Being one of the former Soviet republics, it is now an independent coun­try and part of the CIS.
Economy of Azerbaijan is largely based on oil industry, and the majority of expats moving to the country are working in this sector.

Even though Azerbaijan is a Muslim country (more than 90% of the population is Muslim), there are no religious restrictions. People dress in an international way and women are not expected to cover hair or shoulders as well as there are no limitations on sales of alcohol or other products.

Culture

The official language is Azerbaijani or “Azeri”, a Turkic language, which is spoken by some 82% of Azerbaijan’s citizens. At the same time, 38% of Azerbaijanis speak Russian fluently to accommodate Russian domination of the economy and politics.

Azerbaijan can indeed boast its picturesque landscapes and abundant natural resources as well as rich cultural heritage. Since Azerbaijan was a part of Persian and Turkic states, its cultural development  was massively influenced by those. This influence is particularly noticeable in literature and music. Azerbaijani national musical art takes special pride in such original genres as folk songs, dances and Ashug, while Azerbaijani folklore is represented by diverse genres with the heroic epos and poems called dastans being the most significant pieces of literature.

Given the fact that 9 of the world’s 11 climate zones can be found in Azerbaijan, its land produces a great variety of fresh herbs and vegetables. Apart from famous soups and kebabs, Azerbaijan’s most distinctive dish is a saffron rice-based dish called plov.

Immigration

Most citizens require a visa to enter Azerbaijan. There are some lucky exceptions, though: citizens of Belarus, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan can spend up to 90 days in Azerbaijan without visa. Due to the official state of war between Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia, Azerbaijan bans the entry of citizens from Armenia, as well as citizens of any other country who are of Armenian ancestry.

To apply for an ordinary entry visa, an application stating the purpose and duration of the visit should be submit­ted to embassies and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Keep in mind that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expiry date of the Azerbaijani visa applied for. If there are less than 3 months till the expiry of the passport, a visa will not be granted.

For employments: a work permit, residence permit and a work visa will be required.

Rental Market

The majority of expatriates who relocate to Azerbaijan are living in the country’s capital Baku, with a popula­tion of 2,5 million – nearly a quarter of the nation’s total. It is a developed progressive city combining modern high-rise skyscrapers and the Old City with its historical buildings.

Most expatriates live either in downtown apartments or in one of the international compounds (Stonepay, Grand Park, Badamdar). Some other complexes popular with expats are Wellington Heights, Seaview apartment building, Park Residence and others. Downtown apartments would mostly be offered in modern buildings, as there are not many historic residential buildings that meet international standards.
Below you can find table reflecting housing prices for different types of property in Baku.

1 bedroom 2 bedrooms
$1,000-$2,000 $2,000-$3,000
3 bedrooms 4+ bedrooms / townhouse
$3,000-$6,000 $4,000-$10,000

Infrastructure

Baku is a vibrant city with no shortage in any kind of infrastructure – restaurants, fitness or shopping. In Baku you will also find some of the world most famous hotels, like Marriott or Hyatt. And, of course, numerous shopping options: from traditional outdoor markets to modern shopping centers.

Schools

There are quite a few international schools available in Baku: Quality Schools International (QSI), Baku Oxford School, The International School of Azerbaijan and others. Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Availability is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality.

Schools most popular with expats:
Baku International School
Baku Oxford school
British School in Baku
The International School of Azerbaijan

Health Care

The majority of medical facilities are state-owned and their services are free of charge. Polyclinics provide outpatient services, hospitals and specialised clinics offer both outpatient and inpatient services.
Nowadays, a number of private medical establishments in Azerbaijan is growing very rapidly. Professional healthcare is available at private clinics and hospitals, which have modern equipment. Despite the fact that private clinics are completely independent entities, it is obligatory for them to be certified by the Ministry of Health. Although government-funded healthcare is available across Azerbaijan, an increasing number of Azerbaijanis, and most expats, opt to go private. Obtaining health insurance is therefore a priority for many foreigners moving to the country.

International medical centres in Azerbaijan:

MediClub
MEDILUX

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