How do I make a voice call in Armenia?
When calling from outside Armenia to fixed network dial +374 – Area Code (2 digits for Yerevan, 3 for Regions) – telephone number (6 digits for Yerevan, 5 digits for Regions). Overall there must be 11 digits.
When calling from outside Armenia to mobile network dial +374–Mobile Code (2 digits) – mobile phone number (6 digits). Overall there must be 11 digits.
When calling from inside Armenia to all networks dial 0 – Area code or Mobile Code – phone number. Overall there must be 9 digits.
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How much does one person have to spend per day in Yerevan?
It varies a lot depending on your lifestyle. As a minimum you should consider about AMD4000-5000 for a hostel, AMD2000-3000 for food from fast food restaurants, one 0.5L bottle of drinking water costs AMD120, one-way ticket of public transport in cities costs AMD100, a piece of clothing will set you back at least about AMD1500, a bottle of Coke™ of 500ml is AMD250, a bar of Snickers™ is AMD250.
Here is the complete information about traveling to and from Armenia.
Do I need a visa to visit Armenia?
Citizens of EU and many other countries can visit Armenia without a visa. Here is the complete information about Armenian visas.
When is the best time to visit Armenia?
Since all 4 seasons are distinctively experienced in Armenia, it comes down to what you are planning to do in Armenia. Even though we get a lot of tourist year round, July-August remains the most popular time of year to visit.
Are credit cards widely accepted in Armenia?
Most businesses accept widely used credit cards e.g. Visa, MasterCard, ArCa (Armenian Card), however it is a good idea to ask prior to making your purchase in smaller stores. There are many ATMs all over the major cities and towns also at a famous tourist attraction sites.
What to buy from Armenia?
Armenian heritage leaves you with a great variety of souvenirs you can take home. Some of most common ones are: Armenian Rug, Armenian Cognac, duduk, wooden sculptures, Khachqars, paintings, pottery, jewelry, etc. You can find all of these unique souvenirs at Vernisaj and other souvenir stores.
Is there a sales tax?
Yes, there is a 20%VAT that is included in the retail price. However, a foreigner may be exempt from the VAT. You can get more info here.
Can I get a mobile phone number?
Yes. You can have a prepaid or postpaid services at airport, the offices of the telecommunication companies or at any newspaper selling shops (small green booths) by only presenting your valid travel document or passport. There are three mobile service provisers – Beeline, Vivacell MTS and Orange.
Where can I access the internet?
All bus stops in Yerevan and other major cities and towns, also some of the public buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi. Metro is connected to free Wi-Fi as well. Many cafes and restaurants and public squares like Freedom and Aznavour squares in Yerevan will offer free Wi-Fi. Almost all hotels and most hostels will provide free Wi-Fi, although additional charges may apply.
Will my mobile phone work in Armenia?
Can I ship a letter or a parcel to or from Armenia?
Yes, the post offices are located in any district of the country. Also there are offices of FedEx, Pony Express, UPS, DHL and TNT for faster shipping. You can find greeting cards in most supermarkets and tourist attractions.
Is Armenia safe for visitors?
Armenia is one of the safest countries in the world. You can walk alone at night anywhere and be sure that you will not be bothered. In case of an unpleasant accident you can rely on the Armenian Emergency Services.
Is English widely spoken?
English is widely spoken in places that are of interest for tourists. In many cafes, restaurants, museums people will generally speak English. If you speak Russian try using it first, as it is more widespread. There is a small number of francophone speaking population in Armenia. Many will speak also Iranian and Arabic due to migration of Armenians from Arabic countries.
Will I be able to use my electrical devices?
Armenia uses 220-240 Volts, Europlug, Schukouses sockets. If your device does not support it, you can buy a transformer and an adapter for about USD2-5 in any electronic store.
Is it safe to eat and drink outside?
Even though it is quite rare when a person (tourist or not) has any health issues because they eat outside, it is always a good idea to lightly inspect the meal visually before eating. When trying traditional food, have small portions as it can be unusual for your organism.
Can I drink tap water?
The water from tap is safe for drinking. It is coming from the mountains and considered one of the tastiest and purest in the world. You can also drink water from drinking fountains on the street! If you still hesitate you can buy bottled water from any supermarket or anywhere else in town and in rural areas.
Sun safety tips.
During summer Armenian sun can be very damaging for your skin. To avoid any problems stay inside during the times of intense heat or walk on shadowy sidewalks. In case of emergency dial 103 or 911.
Is Armenia adapted for people with disabilities?
Almost all sidewalks are equipped with a wheelchair ramp. Many traffic lights are equipped with a voice signal for visually impaired. Most commercial buildings and modern residential buildings are wheelchair accessible. However, you should check beforehand to make sure that the facility that you plan on going has the necessary facilities.
Is Armenia LGBT friendly?
Armenia is considered safe for LGBT, although some verbal abuse from general public and prohibition of entrance into some public places may occur. It is generally not advised to express your sexual orientation in public places.
How long does it take to obtain Armenian visa?
It may take up to 15 days, depending on the representation and time of year. Start the process at least 1 month before the departure to avoid any discontent.
What documents do I need to apply for Armenian visa?
Please follow this link for complete information.
Where is the best area to stay?
If you desire more relaxing stay choose a hotel in northern, green parts of the country, if you like steep and wild mountainous terrain you should try the southern parts. The capital Yerevan is situated roughly at the center of the country and therefore has an advantage.
However, the best way to travel through Armenia is to enjoy both, the wild forests with peaceful lakes of the north and rocky mountains with fast rivers of the south.
Almost all types of stores usually open at 8 or 9 in the morning and remain open until 8 or 9 in the evening through almost all national and religious holidays. Major supermarkets are open 24 hours a day. Churches are open for visitors from 9am to 6pm. Museums have a specific schedule, days of free entry and closed days. Restaurants, located in the public buildings will remain open until midnight, while in separate building they stay open for much longer.
What kind of clothing should I take depending on season?
Summer: The weather is hot (36°C average) with mild humidity. During the evenings it is usually windy with occasional heavy rain, but still warm. You should have shorts and a t-shirt with sandals with you when coming to Armenia during summer. If you plan on going into the mountains consider slightly warmer clothing.
Fall/Spring: The weather during these seasons is very unpredictable. It is quite rainy in Armenia during fall and spring (40 mm and 60 mm respectively). The temperatures may rise and drop significantly. If you are traveling during fall or spring you should take a light jacket towards summer and warmer clothing towards winter. Wear closed toe shoes and keep a cap or an umbrella with you. The average temperatures vary greatly about 13°C in March and November and 22°C in May and September.
Winter: It gets quite cold in Armenia with temperatures averaging about -4°C. Abundance of snow makes it a perfect place for skiers and kids. Make sure you take warm clothing with you and a pair of skis.