Armenia visa: e-visa requirements, visa on arrival qualifications, and everything you need to know
This Armenia visa application process has been updated based on current travel trends. This guide is also applicable to all nationalities who want to obtain a tourist visa to Armenia.
I boarded a ride-sharing taxi in Georgia to cross Armenia by land. Once we reached the border, everyone in the taxi went down to pass through Immigration.
Most of my companions are Europeans so I bet they will just be stamped and let in. In my case, it took longer. Armenia visa can be applied online.
We don’t need to go to a consulate or an embassy to obtain one and the process is pretty straightforward. Even if I knew it will only take 3 days to get my e-visa to Armenia, I processed it during the months that I was staying in Georgia just to avoid the hassle.
I’m not sure if I was the first Filipino they’ve encountered in Armenia but this happened in 2016. I showed my passport and printed e-visa to the Immigration Officer when he said, “wait a minute.”
He grabbed the phone and started making calls. I didn’t understand what he said because he was speaking Armenian but he looked doubtful of my visa. I keep hearing the word “Philippines” though. It’s as if he didn’t know how to deal with Filipinos entering Armenia.
He took a last glance and stamped my passport. “Welcome to Armenia,” he said with a smile. He also told me that it is his first time to meet a Filipino so he wasn’t sure how to go about it.
His colleague verified the authenticity of my visa (with the visa number as a reference) so I guess he learned something new that day.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to obtain an Armenia visa for Filipinos. All these processes are online and you will not be asked for flights or proof of accommodations.
Is Armenia open for tourism?
Armenia started opening its borders to Georgia last June 2021. There may be restrictions from countries like India, Pakistan, and countries that have very high COVID cases.
All you have to do is check with the local consulate in the country you are in if you are allowed to enter Armenia with an e-visa.
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Do I need a visa to Armenia?
As a Filipino citizen, I needed to apply for a tourist visa to Armenia but my citizenship is valid for the e-visa. I didn’t have to go to the Embassy to apply physically or undergo an interview.
To date, there are 45 countries that don’t need a visa to enter Armenia – they just need a valid passport. The requirements vary per citizenship so it’s best to check who needs a visa to Armenia.
Do I need to be vaccinated to travel to Armenia?
It is preferred and you should have been vaccinated by now if you want to travel. If you are not vaccinated, I do not encourage you to travel to Armenia.
Armenia accepts PCR tests taken 72 hours before the intended arrival to Armenia. If you already had COVID before, you need to present a medical certificate from your doctor.
Always make sure you are in good health to avoid the spread of COVID. Make sure to follow health protocols once you are already in Armenia.
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Armenia visa application: a step-by-step guide
Step 1: Check if you need a visa
Philippine passport holders who are living in the United Arab Emirates and have a legal residency visa do not require to apply for an e-visa prior to arrival in Armenia. In this case, you can apply for your visa upon arrival when you present your residency visa in the UAE.
Step 2: Go to the E-VISA Issuance System website
To start your application for an Armenia visa, go to the E-visa Issuance System website. Below are the pages that you will need to fill out the following:
Step 2.1: Document type and country
On this page, the website will assess your eligibility for an Armenian visa. You will need to put your citizenship, passport-type, and e-mail address.
After filling this out, you will receive an e-mail where you need to confirm once received. Please note that this confirmation e-mail is only valid 24 hours from receipt so don’t start the Armenia e-visa application process if you’re not sure yet.
Step 2.2: Requested details
Once you confirm your e-mail address, you will be redirected to the Armenia e-visa application page. You will be asked to supply your passport information and personal data on this page.
Please make sure you put the correct information as this could be a problem if filled out wrong. Remember you cannot change these details as soon as it is already submitted.
If there was a mistake and you want to change some data, you will need to contact them directly and it will require more time to change. Be diligent in filling out this page.
In this section, you will also be asked to upload a passport size photo and the front page of your passport. Upload both in high-resolution for better results.
Step 2.3: Purpose and duration of visit
On the drop-down menu, select TOURISM/VISIT RELATIVE/FRIEND as the purpose of visit. There are two options on the number of days your Armenian visa will be valid: (1) Short term (21 days); (2) Long-term (120 days).
I only picked short-term but in the end, I was granted a 90-day multiple entry visa to Armenia with visits that won’t exceed 21 days.
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You will also need to put the exact date of your arrival so make sure you have the exact dates as this will appear in your final visa. After filling this out, an automated message will show you the visa type, visa price, validity, and the number of days you can stay in Armenia.
Step 2.4: Data confirmation
After all this, you will be asked to review all the details you provided. Make sure that all these are correct as you can’t change the visa application details. However, if you need to correct anything in your application, it’s better to re-apply than ask them to change the details. Re-application will take shorter.
Step 2.5: Payment
The last page will be the payment. If you asked for a short-term visa (21 days), the Armenia visa costs $6 USD only. You can pay via credit card or Paypal.
There is also a $1 USD commission fee that the website charges for processing your application online.
After you accomplish all these steps, you will receive proof of payment (receipt) via e-mail. Along with this receipt is a reference number. Don’t delete this e-mail as this will serve as your proof of application for the Armenia visa.
You will need it to check your visa application status which you can do on the homepage of Armenia’s E-VISA Issuance System website.
Step 3: Wait 3-5 days and download your visa
You don’t even need to go to the website to check your visa application status. After 3 days, I already received a notification via e-mail that said “Your e-visa application is approved.”
Along with this e-mail is a link where you can download a PDF version of your Armenia e-visa.
You are strongly encouraged to print and bring your e-visa to avoid inconvenience. Upon boarding your flight to Armenia, the airline representatives/ground stewards will have to see this before they allow you to board.
They will also authenticate if your e-visa is true and correct so please do not forge it. With the approved e-visa, there is no need to collect a physical sticker or stamp at the Armenian consulate in your country. Everything is done online!
Armenia visa Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How far ahead should I apply for an Armenia visa?
Once you fill out the application online (steps stated above), you will have to wait 3-5 working days until you receive the download link of your Armenia e-visa via e-mail.
Do I need to apply for an Armenia visa if I am a resident of the UAE?
How much is the Armenian visa fee?
Armenia visa for Filipinos costs $6 USD, valid for 90 days with visits not exceeding 21 days.
Do I need to show proof of accommodations/flights?
You will process your visa online and they will not ask for a flight. They can, however, ask you to upload proof of accommodations. Booking.com allows you to reserve your accommodations without paying.
A lot of hotels in Armenia have a pay-at-the-property option when you use this website. I did have this before coming to Armenia but they didn’t ask me at the border.
Do I need to present proof of financial capability?
They won’t ask you to upload this to your online application. They also did not ask me when I entered through the Armenia-Georgia border but it’s good to have it handy.
What if my visa application is denied?
I have heard of no one being denied an Armenia visa for Filipinos but if your application is denied, all you have to do is do it all over again. The visa fee is cheap and is very easy to apply so it’s worth trying again.
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