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Most EU- citizens and US- citizens need a visa to enter Armenia. Don't worry, it is very easy and cheap to obtain one. 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 (€6) for 21 days. 5 minutes after you gave the form and the money you will get a nice visa.  
 
Most EU- citizens and US- citizens need a visa to enter Armenia. Don't worry, it is very easy and cheap to obtain one. 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 (€6) for 21 days. 5 minutes after you gave the form and the money you will get a nice visa.  
  
Check [[http://www.visitarm.com/visaArmenia.html this website]] to see if you need a visa for Armenia.  
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Check [http://www.visitarm.com/visaArmenia.html this website] to see if you need a visa 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.  
 
One can be subject to more attention and interrogation with an Azerbaijani visa in the passport. Turkish stamps are in general no problem.  

Revision as of 14:18, 7 April 2012

Flag of Armenia Armenia
Information
Language: Armenian (Eastern Dialect)
Capital: Yerevan
Population: 3,231,900
Currency: Dram (AMD)
Hitchability: <rating country='am' />
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<map lat='40.212440718286466' lng='45.2197265625' zoom='7' view='0' country='Armenia'/>


Armenia is a country in Western Asia.

Hitchhiking here is very easy, and safer in comparison to Turkey. Hitchhiking here is done by waving your hand to the ground to an oncoming car, but sticking out your thumb works just fine as well. Some drivers might want to charge some money and sometimes you might get picked up by unmarked taxis without knowing - however, if before you get into the car you make clear you are not going to pay you can avoid misunderstandings at the end of the ride.

The main point of consideration is the poor road conditions.

Sleeping

In most of Armenia one can put up a tent and sleep comfortably. 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.

Cheap but adequate hotels cost 5,000 to 6,000 dram, and it is possible to bargain at hotels.

Monasteries are more often than not mere cultural monuments, and not permanently inhabited by monks. At night, guards makes sure everyone leaves.

Border Crossings

There are three border crossings with Georgia, through the towns of Ninotsminda (Georgia), Dmanisi (Georgia) and Bagratashen (Armenia). There is frequent traffic between these countries, especially between Yerevan and Tbilisi

It is not possible to cross the border to Turkey or Azerbaijan. Near the border to Azerbaijan there can be unsecured fields of landmines and sometimes the conflict at this border escalates.

Armenia has one border crossing with Iran, 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.

Getting in

Most EU- citizens and US- citizens need a visa to enter Armenia. Don't worry, it is very easy and cheap to obtain one. 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 (€6) for 21 days. 5 minutes after you gave the form and the money you will get a nice visa.

Check this website to see if you need a visa 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.