Few countries so regularly elicit the response of “Where’s that?” as Armenia.

Couched in between such obscure neighbours as Iran, Georgia, Azerbaijan and several self-declared (and rarely recognised) republics, this little country is hardly positioned as a convenient summer stopover. Yet for many, herein lies its appeal. A country of hauntingly beautiful natural scenery, prevailing political stability, strong ties to the past and exceedingly warm local hospitality, travel in this Caucasus jewel makes for an experience enormously rewarded. 

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ARMENIA VISA:

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Armenia. We recommend obtaining an e-visa in advance using the following link: https://evisa.mfa.am/

Fill in the requested information and submit to receive a link to the application form emailed to you. Please use the address of your finishing point hotel for the Contact Information in Armenia. You will need to upload a scanned passport sized photo and a passport copy to complete your application.In the case that the website is down, it may be possible to obtain a visa on arrival at the land border. Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the website.

Tipping is becoming increasingly common in Armenia, particularly at restaurants and cafés, with rounding up the bill or adding 10% the general rule. Some restaurants have started adding service fees, though this won’t necessarily be going to your waiter. Tipping for other services is not customary, save for taxi drivers where rounding up the fare is common.

There’s no shortage of internet cafés in Yerevan (some 24-hours) and other larger cities outside of the capital.

Internet coverage throughout Armenia is reliable and extensive. Cheap, convenient and easy to come by, temporary pre-paid SIM cards are a good option. Vivacell and Orange both have booths offering free SIM-cards at the airport and offer better English services than their competitors.

Western-style sitting toilets are the standard in Armenia, although on occasion one may still encounter squat-style toilets in rural areas.

Coffee in a café = 700 Dram
0.5 litre bottle of beer from a supermarket = 380 Dram
Meal in a fast food restaurant = 1,800 Dram
Restaurant meal in the CBD = 3,000 Dram

Armenia’s tap water is generally considered safe to drink. For the overly cautious, bottled water can be readily procured, though we recommend water purification tablets or asking your leader where filtered water can be found to cut down on unnecessary landfill.

Credit cards are accepted in Yerevan and other major cities, though it’s best not to rely too heavily on them. Visa is the more commonly accepted of the major credit cards brands.

ATMs are common in Yerevan and other major cities, less so in small towns. Visa cards (with the Visa Electron) are the best bet, and some local ATMs are also connected to the Plus and Maestro systems.

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 2 Jan New Year Holiday
  • 3 Jan New Year Holiday
  • 4 Jan New Year Holiday
  • 5 Jan Armenian Christmas Eve
  • 6 Jan Armenian Christmas Eve
  • 7 Jan Christmas Holiday
  • 28 Jan National Army Day
  • 8 Mar International Women's Day
  • 24 Apr Armenian Remembrance Day
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 9 May Victory and Peace Day
  • 28 May 1st Republic Day
  • 5 Jul Constitution Day
  • 21 Sep Independence Day
  • 31 Dec New Year's Eve

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Armenia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/armenia/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Woman drinking from reusable water bottle

Top responsible travel tips for Armenia

  1. Be considerate of Armenia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. Armenians are big on hospitality – and that’s putting it mildly. If invited to a local’s place for a meal, bring a big appetite and your drinking hat: spreads will be huge, you’ll be lavished with food and expected to participate in endless rounds of toasts. As a guest, it’s customary to bring some kind of small gift for your host, such as flowers, chocolates or (preferably imported) alcohol.
  3. Armenians love talking politics, but there are certainly some sensitive topics – so be cautious in expressing strong opinions. Most Armenians revere Russia and Slavic culture, so asking about life under the Soviets is usually fine. The same cannot be said for Azerbaijan (due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict) or Turkey, however, so exercise great sensitivity if engaging in these topics.
  4. Dress modestly and respectfully when visiting monasteries and churches. Shoulders to knees should be covered and shoes removed when entering places of worship.
  5. Try to avoid buying bottled water. Tap water in Armenia is generally safe to drink, so use a reusable water bottle or canteen to minimise unnecessary waste.
  6. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  7. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
  8. Learn some of the local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
  9. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive and supports the local community.
  10. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  11. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.