Republic of Armenia (RA), short: Armenia
The Head of State:
The Legislative Body:
Unicameral National Assembly
The State Language:
Armenian (belongs to the Indo-European family of languages)
Russian and English, as well as Yezidi languages, are widely spread in Armenia.
94% of the population are Christians.
In Armenia, the climate is continental, with cold winters and hot summers. Precipitation is usually not abundant. Armenia is a mountainous country, and only a small portion of its territory is located below 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) above sea level, while there are no plains. The climate becomes colder and wetter (and snowy in winter as well) with increasing altitude, while at lower elevations, the rains are scarce and the summer is very hot. The driest region, where precipitation drops below 300 millimeters (12 inches) per year, is the west, which includes the capital, and where the altitude is below 1,000 meters (3,300 feet).
The national currency:
The national currency is dram. In Armenia banknotes and coins are called drams. 10, 20, 50, 200, 500 drams are coins and 1000, 5000, 20 000, 50 000 drams are banknotes.
The average time, GMT +4 hours
Foreigners enter the territory of the Republic of Armenian through border-control points. For entry, a foreigner must have a 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 a receiving organization.
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.
The airport and departure time (local time) is indicated on the ticket. You are required to arrive at the airport 2-2,5 hours prior to the departure time indicated on the ticket. Registration desks are closed 40 minutes before the departure of the flight. The seats are assigned when the boarding pass is issued unless you book them in advance when purchasing the tour package.
If you don’t show up at the registration desk on time, the airline company has arrived to use your seat and assign it to others.
You need to keep your boarding pass until the flight is completed. We recommend learning the rules regulating the transfer of cabin and checked-in baggage to Armenia prior to taking the flight, including the rules of pet transfer. You can find these rules on the webpage of the airlines or request them from our Company’s manager then booking the tour.
After registering for an international flight you need to pass customs and passport control as well as a security check.
If you are traveling with the pet and/or plant you will also need to go touch phyto – and/or pet control.
You are allowed to take with you in carry-on bag liquids in containers of up to 100 ml. However, the total weight of the liquids in a carry-on bag can not exceed 1000 ml. Liquids include crams, balms, shampoos, oils, etc. Liquids purchased in duty-free stores will be placed in special sealed bags which should not be open until you arrive to your destination.
Arrival in Armenia:
All our guests will be picked up by Belaviaservice representatives at the airport. Additionally, on arrival at the hotel, each guest will be contacted by phone by another Belaviaservice representative to arrange a meeting with him/her.
Every tourist traveling to Armenia has medical insurance. However, tourist medical insurance is not required but in this case, visits to hospitals will be at a cost. If you have any insurance, please call the numbers indicated on the policy in case of an emergency.
Taxi rides in Yerevan: 1km costs 1000 dram. A ride within the city center should cost 600 drams. A ride outside the city center should cost approximately 1500-3000 drams. You may approach the Yandex taxi desk in the airport upon arrival.
Departure from Armenia:
Make sure you have all the necessary documents with you, such as a passport. Ask the Belaviaservice representative when you will be pick up from the hotel to go to the airport. if you are late for the bus, the Company will not be responsible to refund additional costs, such as a taxi ride incurred by you.
Hotel check-out is at 12 pm. Therefore, you will need to pack in advance pay for any additional costs incurred during the stay at the hotel and finalize the check-out process on time and wait for the pick-up service in the hotel lobby at the time agreed upon with the Belaviaservice representative.
Sightseeing, Monasteries, Cultural monuments:
Armenia has a rich nature as well as many cultural sights due to which it is called a “museum under the sky”. There are over 4000 unique monuments in Armenia among which are monuments from B.C, Erebuni ruins, Teishebaini, Hellenistic temple in Garni, ruins of ancient Armenian capitals such as Armavir, Artashat, etc.
Armenia is especially proud of its Christian culture. Among the most notable is the Cathedral in Vagharshapat, monasteries in Noravank, Geghard, Khor Virap, Goshavank, Sevanavank, ruins of the ancient church Zvartnots, khachkar cemeteries in Noradouz, etc. Among natural monuments are Sevan lake, the waterfall in Dzhermuk, Parz and Kari lakes, rock formations in Khndzoresk, as well as beautiful mountains across the country.
Armenian cuisine is a harmony of fresh delicious vegetables, meat, and dairy. Armenian cuisine combines tastes of East and West. Fresh and organic ingredients are the basis of unique Armenian delicatessens, such as Dolma- grape leaves or vegetables stuffed with meat, national barbeque- made of juicy pork, beef, chicken, lamb, fish, and vegetables, khashlama-made of lamb. Seafood enthusiasts should definitely try our famous Armenian Trout and Sig- the pride of Lake Sevan.
However, the centerpiece of the Armenian table is the bread. There are many varieties of bread in Armenia, however, the most popular one is Lavash, which is a thin layer of dough back in an underground tonir.
The backing of lavash is an ancient tradition, which should be watched.
Seasonal fruits and berries are always included in Armenian dishes. In fall, these fruits, and berries are made into delicious preserves for winter.
Armenia is famous for its Brendy across the World, which is made out of spring water and the best white grape from Ararat valley. Armenians also like homemade vodka, which is made in villages from various types of fruit such a mulberry, apricot, pear, etc.
Holidays in Armenia:
December 31, January 1-5 – New Year’s Day
January 6 – Christmas Day
January 7 – Christmas Remembrance Day
January 28 – Army Day
March 8 – International Women’s Day
April 24 – Genocide Remembrance Day
May 1 – Labour Day/May Day
May 9 – Victory and Peace Day
May 28 – Republic Day
July 5 – Constitution Day
September 21 – Independence Day
Telephone code of Armenia – +374
Important phone numbers:
Fire service – 101
Police – 102
Ambulance – 103
Airport – 187
Railway information service – 184
Information Service – 109
Weather – 186
Embassies and consulates For information, you can go to the site https://www.embassy.am
We tried to prepare everything for you to make the upcoming holiday one of the most pleasant moments in your life.
If you have any questions during the tour, please call us by phone below. We’re always here and ready to help!