Armenia visa for Filipinos: e-visa requirements, visa on arrival qualifications, and everything you need to know
I boarded a ride-sharing taxi in Georgia to cross to 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 for Filipinos can be applied online. We don’t need to go to a consulate or an embassy to obtain one and the process is pretty straight forward. 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 Armenia visa for Filipinos. All these processes are online and you will not be asked for flights or proof of accommodations.
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 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 Armenia visa for Filipinos, go to the E-visa Issuance System website. Below are the pages that you will need to fill out the following:
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 in 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.[/us_iconbox]
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.
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.[/us_iconbox]
After you accomplish all these steps, you will receive a 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 Armenia visa for Filipinos. You will need it to check your visa application status which you can do in 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!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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.
Armenia visa for Filipinos costs $6 USD, valid for 90 days with visits not exceeding 21 days.
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 has 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.
They won’t ask you to upload this in 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.
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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