Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 2
By Ilhama Isabalayeva – Trend:
The decree signed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to improve the procedure of visa issuance to foreigners and stateless people at the country's international airports is a step aimed at further development of the tourism sector in the country, Azerbaijani Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev said in Baku Feb. 2.
Garayev added that the number of tourists coming to Azerbaijan has recently increased greatly after the implementation of the ASAN Visa system in the country.
"The issuance of a visa within three hours virtually eliminated all possible obstacles,” he said. “We believe that the president’s decision on the implementation of the ASAN Visa system at international airports and on the state border is aimed at ensuring more transparency in the processes conducted here and simplifying the arrival of guests.”
“The agenda also includes the issue of involving graduates of educational institutions in this work together with chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations Inam Karimov,” the minister said.
President Aliyev signed a decree to improve the procedure of visa issuance to foreigners and stateless people at Azerbaijan's international airports Jan. 31.
According to the decree, in cases stipulated by the Azerbaijani laws, the presidential acts and interstate or intergovernmental treaties of Azerbaijan, e-visas are issued to foreigners and stateless persons at the country’s international airports via ASAN Visa system.
The State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations will ensure visa issuance at international airports of Azerbaijan through ASAN Visa system, as well as payment for visas through ASAN Pay system.
The decree will enter into force on May 15, 2018.