Armenian passport
Հայկական անձնագիր
The front cover of a contemporary Armenian Biometric Passport, since 2012.
Front personal-information page of an Armenian biometric passport, since 2012.
TypePassport
Issued by Armenia
First issued1994 (first version)[citation needed]
2012 (current version)[1]
PurposeIdentification & International Travel
EligibilityArmenian citizenship
Expiration5 years after issuance
Cost10 000 ֏

The Armenian passport (Armenian: Հայկական անձնագիր, romanizedHaykakan andznagir) is a passport issued to Armenian citizens to enable them to travel outside Armenia, and entitles the bearer to the protection of Armenia's consular officials overseas. Armenian citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 65 countries and territories as of 2023.

Between the years 1994 and 2005, all Soviet Union passports were completely replaced with Armenian passports, invalidating Soviet Union passports' use in Armenia since 2005.[2] Today, Armenian passports are also used as proof of identity within the country, along with Armenian ID cards.

Physical appearance

An ordinary Armenian passport is dark blue, with the Armenian coat of arms emblazoned in gold in the center of the front cover. The words Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն "Republic of Armenia" and Անձնագիր "Passport" in Armenian and English languages also appear on the front cover. The passport is valid for 10 years from the time of issue, with the further possibility of extending validity for an additional 5 years. The possibility of extending the passport by 5 years was eliminated in August 2017.[3] It contains 32 pages for special notes and visas, and information about its holder in both the Armenian and English languages.

Since 1 June 2012, two new ID-documents were introduced, which replaced the ordinary passports of Armenian citizens. One of the documents – the ID card — to be used locally within the country, and the second document – the biometric passport — to be used for traveling abroad. An electronic chip on the passport will contain digital images of fingerprints and photo of passport holder. Both biometric passports and eID cards are produced by Polish Security Printing Works (Polska Wytwornia Papierow Wartosciowych).[4][5][6] Old style (non-biometric) passports were re-introduced in 2016 on a temporary basis (until January 1, 2019), and currently Armenian citizens can acquire both biometric and regular passports.[7]

Identity information page

Armenian Passport includes the following data:

Limitations on passport use

Main article: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

As a result of the first Nagorno-Karabakh War between Artsakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan refuses entry to holders of Armenian passports, as well as passport-holders of any other country if they are of Armenian descent. It also strictly refuses entry to foreigners in general whose passport shows evidence of entry into the Republic of Artsakh, immediately declaring them permanent personae non gratae.

Gallery

Visa requirements

Main article: Visa requirements for Armenian citizens

See also: Armenia–European Union relations § Visa liberalization dialogue

Visa requirements for Armenian citizens
  Armenia
  Visa free
  Visa issued upon arrival
  eVisa
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required prior to arrival
  Admission refused

See also

References

  1. ^ Общество / Культура: У граждан Армении могут быть два вида паспортов. Barev.NET (in Russian). 20 October 2009. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  2. ^ "ГРАЖДАНЕ АРМЕНИИ, ИМЕЮЩИЕ ПАСПОРТА СОВЕТСКОГО ОБРАЗЦА, МОГУТ ПОЛУЧИТЬ НОВЫЕ ПАСПОРТА РЕСПУБЛИКИ АРМЕНИЯ ДО 25 НОЯБРЯ". armenpress.am (in Russian). 2005-10-25. Archived from the original on 2021-04-29. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  3. ^ "Validity of old-styled Armenian passports will not be extended anymore". arka.am. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  4. ^ "Republika Armenii ma e-dowody i paszporty z PWPW S.A." PWPW.PL.
  5. ^ PLUS journal - PLUS-daily - Project of Biometric Passports in Armenia
  6. ^ У граждан Армении могут быть два вида паспортов » Новости Армении каждый час ::: Www.Barev.Net
  7. ^ "Կենսաչափական անձնագիրն այլեւս պարտադիր չէ, քաղաքացիներին կտրամադրվի հին նմուշի անձնագիր". Armtimes.com (in Armenian). Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  8. ^ "Henley & Partners Passport Index". Archived from the original on 2019-07-05. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  9. ^ "Visa Liberalization With Armenia on 2017 Eastern Partnership Summit Agenda". Asbarez. 2017-03-15. Archived from the original on 2016-07-16.
  10. ^ "EU envoy says Armenia may obtain visa-free travel by 2020". Pan Armenian. 2018-03-09. Archived from the original on 2017-11-28.