Official Respond; CESD Recommendation on On-Line Visa Will be Approved

Official Respond; CESD Recommendation on On-Line Visa Will be Approved

CESD;  other recommendations should be also considered in order to simplify visa regime

“A program to issue visas electronically is being drafted. Azerbaijani visas will be issued within the 15 days from on-line submission. In future, however, this period could be reduced,”- Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Republic based on policy recommendations developed by the Center for Economic and Social Development (CESD).

CESD worked with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Republic to simplify the visa regime, according to the Center.

The Center developed the recommendations as part of the EU EaP Initiative Project, a program supported by PASOS, with financial support from the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of Open Society Foundations.

The CESD mentioned that although on-line visa recommendation will be approved, soon, getting Azerbaijani visa will remain complicated. The problem is that issuing of Azerbaijani visa will take 15 days which can be considered one of highest periods for issuing visa in the world. Unfortunately, only one from nine recommendations will be approved. Even though it is positive step, but it is not enough for visa facilitation. Therefore, Government of Azerbaijan is recommended to work on reducing of period for issuing visas, decreasing of number documents needed to attach to a visa application form, applying free visa regime for European Union citizens and issuing long term and multi visas for certain category visitors.

It s reminded that under presidential instruction visas would be issued at Azerbaijan’s international airports for visitors to the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Baku in May.

At present, visitors to Azerbaijan have to apply for visas at the nearest Azerbaijani embassy or consulate, with the exception of residents of a country which has direct flights to Azerbaijan but no embassy.

© CESD, 2012

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