Country-specific travel advice
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Driving in Azerbaijan
If you're driving in Azerbaijan your checklist requirements are:
- A valid UK driving licence
- An International Driving Permit - find out more here
- Your passport and visa - keep them with you at all times as local police often do spot checks
- 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 and V5 registration document or hire car paperwork
- 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
Other things you should know:
- The drink driving limit is zero - so there must be no alcohol in your blood when driving
- Take care when driving through Azerbaijan, particularly at night. Roads can be of a poor standard, particularly in rural areas and are not well lit
- Some locals can be reckless behind the wheel
- Not all insurers cover driving in Azerbaijan so check before you go
- Watch out for pedestrians - many step out into the road and cross wherever is convenient
- Don't turn left, cutting across traffic. If you need to turn left, drive further on until you can find a safe place to turn round, then drive back the other way to turn off
- Outside Baku, petrol stations are few and far between so it's a good idea to carry a can of petrol with you
Useful guides and maps
Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe
Download a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.
What RAC can do for you
RAC offers great-value, flexible European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.
- Still current at:
- 30th Jul 2016
- Updated at:
- 6th Jun 2016
- Latest update:
- Latest update: Summary – information and advice for Formula One fans travelling to Baku for the Grand Prix of Europe on 19 June 2016
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to Nagorno-Karabakh and the military occupied area surrounding it.
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 Local travel
Anyone who has visited Nagorno-Karabakh without the permission of the Azerbaijani authorities will be refused entry to Azerbaijan.
The Formula One Grand Prix of Europe will take place in Baku on 19 June 2016. See this information and advice page for travelling fans.
All British nationals travelling to Azerbaijan must get a visa in advance. However, if you’re travelling to Baku in connection with the Formula One Grand Prix you may be able to get a visa on arrival. See Visas
There is a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism
Around 7,000 British nationals visit Azerbaijan every year, mainly on business. Most visits are trouble free.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance, including cover for medical evacuation, before you travel.