SAFETY AND SECURITY
NAGORNO-KARABAKH AND BORDER WITH AZERBAIJAN
The border with Azerbaijan, including the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan, is closed.
A ceasefire has been in effect in the area since May 1994. Armed clashes and gunfire along the 5-km buffer zone between the border and the ceasefire line occur sporadically, however.
Areas surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh are mined.
The Government of Canada does not recognize the sovereignty of Nagorno-Karabakh. Our ability to provide consular services in Nagorno-Karabakh, its surrounding areas and at the border with Azerbaijan is extremely limited.
Pickpocketing, mugging and theft from cars and homes occur. Don’t show signs of affluence.
When leaving your car, make sure you lock your doors and place items under your seats. Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times.
Demonstrations occur and can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)
Some roads outside Yerevan are poorly maintained. Do not drive after dark.
Poor driving standards, inadequate road signs and poor road conditions make road travel hazardous.
Be careful when crossing the street, as drivers do not always give pedestrians the right of way.
Driving through high-altitude areas can be very dangerous in the winter.
The land border with Turkey is closed. Travel between Yerevan and Istanbul by air.
Public transportation is overcrowded and poorly maintained.Minibuses are often involved in accidents.
Be careful when travelling by train. Store your belongings and travel documents in a safe place. Do not leave the compartment unattended and lock the door from the inside.
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
General information about foreign domestic airlines