By Amina Nazarli
Rules for issuing electronic visas to foreigners and stateless persons arriving in Azerbaijan through "ASAN Viza" system have been defined.
The corresponding changes are prepared to the Migration Code, and are included in the agenda of the extraordinary session of the Parliament scheduled for June 14.
Under the new rules, foreigners and stateless persons arriving in Azerbaijan will be able to receive e-visa system through the "ASAN Viza" within three days. The duration of stay is set to 30 days.
E-visa will be issued to citizens of countries approved by the relevant executive authority, and citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in these countries.
Foreigners and stateless persons, who wish to receive an e-visa, must enter information into the system of "ASAN Viza", and after receipt on acceptance of confirmation pay online a state fee in the amount prescribed by law "On state duty".
The system of "ASAN Viza" sends the appeal to the interagency automated retrieval system "Entry-exit and registration". The relevant executive authority verifies the information not later than three days from the time of appeal in "ASAN Viza", checks restriction list of the "Entry-exit and registration".
Then a visa is sent to the e-mail address of the contact person. In case of failure the person is also informed.
The electronic visas are not stuck in the passport but presented together with the passport while crossing the border check-point. Foreigners and stateless persons may apply for a new e-visa only after they will leave Azerbaijan.
The presidential order signed on June 1 and entered into force on June 6, aimed at simplification of e-visas issuance procedure for foreigners and stateless persons arriving in Azerbaijan.
In addition, creation of an e-visa system will ensure transparency and efficiency with the use of modern information technologies.
Local experts believe that the order will create an opportunity for attracting more tourists and development of tourism in the country.