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COVID-19 RELATED ADVISORY (24-04-2020)

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EMBASSY OF INDIA

BAKU (AZERBAIJAN)

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COVID-19 RELATED ADVISORY,  DATED 24 APRIL, 2020

Embassy of India, Baku (Azerbaijan) has been receiving queries from Indian nationals in Azerbaijan and from India regarding Corona-virus infections in Azerbaijan. In this regard, the Embassy is maintaining contact with local authorities in Azerbaijan and is also in touch with Indian nationals residing in Azerbaijan.

Indian nationals residing in Azerbaijan may kindly note the following:

  1. While the present quarantine regime in the country will continue until 04 May 2020, the authorities have decided to ease restrictions on some of the activities, wherein restrictions on the following will be removed from 27 April 2020:

newspaper selling, printing and photocopying, photo studios, cleaning services in private apartments, tailoring services, shops selling stationery, cosmetics, clothes, shoes and leather items, gold and jewellery, spare parts, computer, electronics, home appliances, mobile, flowers, plants etc.

However, restrictions on shops dealing with above articles located in shopping centers and malls will remain in force.  More information on relaxation of restrictions can be seen at https://nk.gov.az/az/article/822/

  1. During the quarantine regime, each individual is required to obtain permission by sending a SMS to 8103. Foreigners residing in Azerbaijan, should send a text message containing the series and number of the certificate of permission for temporary or permanent residence in the territory of Azerbaijan.  Example: Send an SMS of the following content MYI1111111.  He or she can leave the home only after getting the requisite permission.
  2. Starting from 27 April, the duration of permission accorded through SMS for leaving home for urgent medical treatment, to purchase food and other essentials, banking activities and participation of funeral of a close relative will be extended from 2 to 3 hours.
  3. It was reported that violation of the rules for introducing restrictions on movement will be regarded as a violation of the special quarantine regime and envisages liability established in the Code of Administrative Offenses and the Criminal Code.
  4. Road travel between Baku and its two neighbouring districts Sumgait and Absheron is restricted. All travel from other regions to Baku are also suspended.
  5. It is reported that regular bus services will be suspended in Baku in case of non-compliance with quarantine regime.
  6. Baku Metro, which suspended its services till 20 April, is expected to prolong suspension of its services till 04 May in view of extension of the quarantine regime.
  7. Citizens of foreign countries visiting Azerbaijan may be placed in quarantine for 14 days, taking into account individual medical conditions, or required to observe a 14-day individual quarantine at home. Citizens of foreign countries may also be tested for COVID-19.
  8. State Migration Service has decided that foreigners, including Indian citizens, who cannot leave Azerbaijan for obvious reasons, and their visa ended or will end during the period 16 March to 30 April, are no longer required to apply for an extension of their temporary stay in Azerbaijan and their stay in the country during this period will be considered as legal for payment of State Duty. State Duty for adults for 30 days is AZN 60 and AZN 15 is for minors.  State Migration Service can be reached at telephone number 191.
  9. Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) resumed the international flights in a limited way, starting from 26 March, to Moscow and London on all Thursdays, arrival to Baku limited to Azerbaijani citizens only. To prevent crowding at ticket counters, sales counters are closed and tickets can be purchased online only.  Flights are operated from Terminal-2 and only ticket holders are allowed to the Terminal.  Everyone returning to Azerbaijan needs to undergo medical examination and quarantined.
  10. The Embassy is functioning with normal working hours.

 We are available round the clock for all fellow Indian Nationals residing in Azerbaijan at the contact given below:

Email- cons.baku@mea.gov.in 

Mobile No.- +994 51 2071621 / +994 50 270 26 35

Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has addressed the nation on COVID-19 on 14 April 2020. The text of Prime Minister's speech is available at the link below:

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1614215

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1607995

All COVID-19 related query in India may be addressed to the following:

     1800118797 (Toll Free)

     +91 11 2301 2113

     +91 11 2301 4104

     +91 11 2301 7905

     Fax: +9111 23018158

     Email: covid19@mea.gov.in

     For CIS countries, including Azerbaijan:

Tel. Nos. +91 11 2301 3410; +91 7291078057

     Officers responsible:

1.  Mr. Manish Prabhat, JS(ERS)

    2.  Mr. Digvijay Sanjay Patel, IFS (OT)

3.  Ms. Ragashree T, IFS(OT)

All concerned are also requested to visit Embassy pages at following link for updates :

twitter.com/indembassybaku

facebook.com/indiainazerbaijan

https://www.indianembassybaku.gov.in