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In most of Armenia one can put up a tent and sleep comfortably. Do be cautious however about pitching a tent near the Azeri border especially in the North East, where a section of the road is technically the border! It is sometimes possible to stay with Armenians, but they are often unwilling hosts. The nation's Kurdish population, on the other hand, is extremely hospitable.
 
Sleeping outside is possible without any big problems. But in october it starts to be cold.
Cheap but adequate hotels cost 5,000 to 6,000 dram, and it is possible to bargain at hotels.
[[Armenia]] has one border crossing with [[Iran]], [[Meghri-Nordooz border crossing|Meghri]]. You have to be a bit careful on this border, if you are hitchhiking from Iran, as there is 5 kilometers of forbidden zone, which means that it's only possible to move there by transport. Border guards might force you to take a taxi if you try to walk across.
[[Nagorno-Karabakh]]- If you go to Nagorno-Karabach there is only one pasport control (Karabach one). On borders police will give you adress of ministry of foreign affairs in Stepanakert where you have to go and make your Karabach visa. These borders are ok and there shouldn´t be any problem to go to Karabach or back to Armenia.
== Getting in ==
Most Citizens of EU- citizens states and US- citizens USA do not need a visa to enter Armeniaand can stay in the country for up to 180 days per year. Don't worry, it Armenian visa is very easy cheap and cheap to obtain onecan be easily obtained on the border. You do not have to have one in advance but you can get it at the border. The border guards will give you a form to fill out. The visa itself will cost 3000 AMD (EUR 6) for 21 days. 5 minutes after you gave the form and the money you will get a nice visa.
'''From the 10th January 2013 on EU Citizens DO NOT need a visa for Armenia anymore. You can stay visa-free up to 180 days.''' Check [http://wwwmfa.visitarm.comam/en/visa/visaArmenia.html this the VISA section of the websiteof Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia] to see if you need a visa requirements for Armenia.
One can be subject to more attention and interrogation with an Azerbaijani visa in the passport. Turkish stamps are in general no problem.
Armenian language is quite hard, both in pronunciation and vocabulary. As [[User:Fedecicco |Fedecicco]] didn't speak Russian, he had to learn it a bit, as for Georgian. Here some useful words:
* Baref Barev - Hello(informal)* Barev dzez - Hello (formal)* ur es kenuOur ek gnum? (oor ais kainooaik gainoom?) - Where do you go?
* Pokh - money
* pokh cheAnvchar? (anvaichar?) - for For free?* arnunitenchaAnooned incheh? (arnooneetainchahanoonait eenchaih?) - What's your name?(informal)* Inch e dzer anuny? (eenchaih dzer anoonaih?) - What's your name? (formal; or when asking someone older than you)* vorteghr Vortegh e ... ? (vortaighr vortaigh ai..?) - Where is ..?
* ...ka/chka? - Is/isn't there ....?
* joor - water
* atz hats - bread
* meerk - fruit
* hesht - easy
* dehjvar - difficult
* yerp? - when? which? what?* inchpeshinchpes? - How? how* inchoo? why- Why?
* araj - before
* ima heema - now* heto- later* karik kareek - need* Aeesor Aysor - today
* yerek - yesterday
* vaghra vagheh - tomorrow* sor or - day* gheeshaij geeshair - night
Placing "che (chai) " before the verb works as negation so . For example, gheedaim - I know -> che gheedaim - I don't know.
* oozoom em ... - I want ...
* asel - to tell* knel - to sleep* khmel - to drink* ootel- to eat* oknel - to help
* tsoort - cold
* shok - hot
* hasranoom haskanal - to understand (che hasranoom * haskanoomem - I understand* chem haskanoom - I don't understand)
* dandagh (dundugh) - slow
* araghr arag - fast == Personal Experiences == "[[trash:ArmeniaTurkey]]gets a lot of attention as being a hitchhiker's paradise, but Armenia is even better. Although Turkey is delightful, you will get even faster rides, be forced to eat even greater amounts of free food, and meet even more people than in Turkey. I have hitchhiked in dozens of countries, and Armenia was the best." - [[visaUser:Armeniavmpfc1|vmpfc1]]  " I hitchhiked around whole country and I have to say that Armenia is hitchhiking paradise. No one asked me for money. I also hitchhiked few taxis and they took me for free. I´ve never wait long time, usually few minutes. Country is very beautiful and people are very hospitable. They invited me few times for a dinner or for a night to their house. But for sure it´s much better if you speak Russian(or any other slavonic language, it´s similar). In this moment I hitchhiked in 26 countries and Armenia was the best. " (September 2016)  "Hitchiking in Armenia is easy, even if my first experience wasn't that good. I left from Tbilisi to Yerevan in an armenian car and, being on "georgian mood" I forgot to ask about paying so the situation was a bit tricky and paid 1000 Drams (2$). But after that I was hitchiking without any problem, even taxi cars for free (35km) with an old man in Lada. People were happy to meet and talk. Russian helps a lot, or at least google translate. Get a SIM card, is 1000 Drams for 1GB. Big Advice: DON'T hitchhike from Yerevan to Batumi via Gyumri. It takes much time, the roads aren't good (on both sides) or some roads are closed. It took 17h without big waiting times. Going via Tbilisi is easier and much faster (5h to Tbilisi + 5h to Batumi, and lets say one hour in Tbilisi to cross the city)." - May 2017 [[nomadUser:ArmeniaLex404|Lex404]]  "I never had to wait long and only once the driver said he would take me for money. I had some problems with men in southern Armenia, in the more isolated areas (I'm a solo, female hitch hiker). I travelled from Borjomi to Yerevan, via Gyumri, without any problems, just that the road isn't very smooth. Returning to Georgia from Armenia, I had difficulties getting a ride to Tbilisi from the border town on the Georgian side." May 2017 == Nomadwiki & Trashwiki == {{nomadwiki}}
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