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Temporary residence status – an authorisation by the authorised public administration body of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, which entitles a foreigner to reside in the territory of the Republic of Armenia for up to one year.
Foreigners shall enter the Republic of Armenia through state border crossing points, on the basis of availability of a valid passport, on the basis of an entry visa or a document attesting the residence status and in case of authorisation by the public administration body authorized by the Government of the Republic of Armenia carrying out border control.
Grounds and terms for granting temporary residence status or residency permit in Armenia
1. Temporary residence status shall be granted to every foreigner, if he or she substantiates that there are circumstances justifying his or her residence in the territory of the Republic of Armenia for one year and a longer term.
Such circumstance may be:
(a) study; or
(b) existence of a work permit
(c) marriage with a citizen of the Republic of Armenia or with a foreigner lawfully residing in the Republic of Armenia; or
(d) being a close relative (parent, brother, sister, spouse, child, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild) of a citizen of the Republic of Armenia or of a foreigner holding permanent residence status in the Republic of Armenia; or
(e) being an Armenian national
(e) being engaged in entrepreneurial activities;
(f) being of Armenian origin.
2. Temporary residence status shall be granted for a term of up to one year with a possibility of extension for one year each time. An application for extension of temporary residence status must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiry of the term of the status.
RA Citizenship is acquired:
1) through recognition of citizenship;
2) by birth;
3) through receiving citizenship (naturalization);
4) through the restoration of citizenship;
5) through receiving citizenship as a group (group naturalization);
6) on the bases set forth in the international treaties of the Republic of Armenia;
7) in other cases set forth in the Law
Citizenship by Naturalization. (as amended on 26.02.2007 by RA Law No. 75-N)
Any person 18 years of age and capable of working that is not an RA citizen may apply to for RA citizenship, if he/she
1) has been lawfully residing on the territory of the Republic of Armenia for the preceding 3 years;
2) is proficient in the Armenian language;
3) is familiar with the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia.
A person who is not an RA Citizen may be granted RA Citizenship without being subject to the conditions set forth in points 1) and 2) of the first part of this article, if he/she:
1) marries a citizen of the Republic of Armenia or has a child who holds RA citizenship,
2) has parents or at least one parent that had held RA citizenship in the past or was born on the territory of the Republic of Armenia and had applied for RA Citizenship within 3 years of attaining the age of 18;
3) is Armenian by origin (is of Armenian ancestry)
4) has renounced RA Citizenship of his/her own accord after January 1, 1995.
Who needs a visa to travel to Armenia?
List of countries whose nationals are unilaterally exempted from the requirement of obtaining a visa.
List of countries, with which Armenia has a visa-free regime according to bilateral and multilateral agreements.
Holders of all other national passports and travel documents, including UN Laissez-Passer, are required to obtain an entry visa.
List of the countries whose citizens can obtain Armenian entry visas upon arrival in Armenia.
In all other cases the visa regime for the citizens of Armenia with foreign states is regulated by the internal law of those countries and might be changed in accordance with them. Therefore, the MFA of the Republic of Armenia recommends to check on the latest information on visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or from the diplomatic missions of the destination country before the trip.
Citizens of foreign countries for whom a visa-free regime is set can stay on the territory of the Republic of Armenia for no more than 180 days during one year if no other term is defined by the international agreements of the Republic of Armenia.
List of countries nationals of which could apply for visitor visa only with invitation.
(the list of documents required for the invitation). This limitation is obsolete for the citizens of those countries of Armenian nationality.
Types of Armenian Visas
Visitor visa – A visitor visa is issued when a foreigner intends to enter the Republic of Armenia for the purposes of tourism, visiting relatives or other persons, business, transportation and other professional interest, medical treatment or other short-term stay. Visitor visa is issued for a single entry or for multiple entries with validity of one year.
Official visa – for holders of Official or Service Passports
- multiple entries visas for non-diplomatic employees of foreign diplomatic representations or international organizations and their families with validity of 3 years
- single entry visa or multiple entries visa with validity of 1 year for foreign officials who arrive to Armenia upon invitation of Armenian authorities or foreign diplomatic representations or international organizations
- single entry visa or multiple entries visa with validity of 1 year for members of official delegations holding ordinary passports
Diplomatic visa – for holders of diplomatic passports and for the persons with diplomatic status
- multiple entries visas for employees of foreign diplomatic representations or international organizations and their families with validity of 3 years
- single entry visa or multiple entries visa with validity of 1 year for members of official delegations, their families as well as other officials
- single entry visa for 120 days if arriving to Armenia for non-official purposes
Transit visa – single entry visa or multiple entries visa with validity of 1 year with stay in Armenia for no more than 3 days and with possibility to extend maximum for 4 days
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia issues and extends Official and Diplomatic visas, as well as issues e-visas. Visitor and Transit visas are issued and extended by the Passport and Visa Department of the Police of Armenia.
Armenian visas are issued for maximum 120 days with possibility to extend for another 60 days if no other term is defined by international agreements of the Republic of Armenia.
You can see the list of countries, citizens of which can obtain Armenian visa only upon invitation and only at the diplomatic representations of consular offices of the Republic of Armenia here.
Armenian nationals who are citizens of those countries can obtain Armenian visa without invitation and upon arrival.
Invitations can be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by
a) juridical persons registered in Armenia
b) authorities of Armenia and diplomatic representations or international organizations or their representatives (physical persons submit invitation to the Passport and Visa Department of the Police)
Arrival to Armenia
Foreigners enter the territory of the Republic of Armenian through border-control points. For entry a foreigner must have valid passport, entry visa or a document of residency status unless Armenian laws or international agreements define no other procedure.
Minor foreigners may enter Armenia accompanied by parents, a parent or any other legal representative or if one arrives to his parents, a parent, other legal representative or an receiving organization.
If a foreigner arrives to Armenia without any valid identity document or visa or if he gets refusal to obtain Armenian visa he cannot enter the territory of the Republic of Armenia and must be returned to his country of origin or to the country he arrived to Armenia from unless the aim of arrival is to apply for asylum or refugee status.
Departure from Armenia
Foreigners can leave Armenia upon valid passport and a document validating their prior stay in Armenia if laws or international agreements of Armenia define no other term.
Transiting through Armenia
If a foreigner is transiting through Armenia he must present tickets to a third country or a visa to a third country and can stay on the territory of Armenia for no more than 72 hours except in cases of emergency.
Foreigners transiting Armenia by land can obtain transit visas without tickets or visas of a third country.
A foreigner can stay in the Transit Zone for no more than 48 hours if not going to enter Armenia, except in cases of emergency.