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Driving in Armenia

Armenia
Population: 3,018,854
Area: 29,743 sq Km
Currency: Dram

If you're driving in Armenia your checklist requirements are:

  • A valid UK driving licence 
  • An International Driving Permit - find out more here
  • A GB sticker on the back of your car - even if your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background)
  • Your motor insurance certificate
  • A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)
  • A first aid kit
  • A fire extinguisher

You must also:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle

It's a good idea to have:

  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
  • Winter tyres or snow chains if you're travelling between November and February

Other things you should know:

  • When driving through Armenia roads can be of a poor standard, particularly in rural areas
  • Some locals can be reckless behind the wheel so take care
  • Not all insurers cover driving in Armenia so check before you go

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

Sources Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of May 2016 to the best of our knowledge and should be referred to for information purposes only - it should not be relied upon as formal advice. Please always check the current requirements of the country you are visiting before you leave.
Still current at:
8th Dec 2016
Updated at:
21st Sep 2016
Latest update:
Latest update: Summary – the main alternative route between Armenia and Georgia will be closed for 2 to 3 years from September 2016; if you’re travelling by road between Yerevan and Tbilisi you should use the M3 route through Tashir on the Georgian border

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel on:

  • the M16/H26 road between the towns of Ijevan and Noyemberyan, which in places passes close to the border and military emplacements
  • villages to the east of the main M14 artery which are located close the border in the region of Geghargunik

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to parts of the regions of Tavush and Gegharkunik that border Azerbaijan.

The main alternative route to the M16/H26 between Armenia and Georgia (Yerevan-Vanadzor-Alaverdi-Bagratashen) will be closed for maintenance work for 2 to 3 years from September 2016. If you’re travelling by road between Yerevan and Tbilisi you should use the M3 route from Yerevan through Tashir on the Georgian border. See Local travel

Large scale ceasefire violations along the Nagorno-Karabakh Line of Contact since 1 April 2016 have been reported, resulting in a number of deaths and casualties. See Azerbaijan

The border between Armenia and Azerbaijan is closed. There are frequent violations of the 1994 ceasefire between these countries from military emplacements along the border. See Local travel

Take extra care in villages and connecting roads between the main M16/H26 artery and the border to its east. See Local travel

The British Embassy can’t provide consular assistance or advice to visitors to the Nagorno-Karabakh region. See Political situation

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Protests sometimes take place in central Yerevan and other major cities. These are usually organised by opposition political parties or activist groups highlighting topical social issues. Although protests tend to be peaceful and usually pass off without incident, you should take care, monitor the media and avoid large crowds and demonstrations.

In May 2012 a gay-friendly bar in downtown Yerevan was attacked and a diversity march in central Yerevan was disrupted by nationalist groups. See Local Laws and Customs

From 10 January 2013, British and EU passport holders no longer require a tourist visa to visit Armenia. See Visas

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

British Embassy Yerevan

34 Baghramyan Avenue
Yerevan
0019
Armenia

Email Enquiries: yerevan@fco.gov.uk

Consular: yerevan@fco.gov.uk

Telephone: +374 10 264301

Fax: +374 10 264318