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Driving in Armenia

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

  • A valid UK driving licence - both the photo and paper parts
  • 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

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.


Sources Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of August 2009 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.

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

Due to increased tension in the security situation along the border in the Tavush region in July and August 2014, we continue to 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 and connecting roads between the main M16/H26 artery and the border to its east should also be avoided.

In the region of Geghargunik, the FCO advise against all travel to villages to the east of the main M14 artery which are located close the border. 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

Avoid all demonstrations and large public gatherings.

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.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go - fco.gov.uk/travel
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