Printable travel guide for Armenia
Travel Guide

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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: in Armenian: Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն
in English: Republic of Armenia
Capital: Yerevan (1.1 m)
Population: 3.2 Million
Telephone Code: +374
Time Zone: GMT +4
Area: 29,800 sq km
Language(s): Armenian (96%), Russian (2%), Others (English, French, German, Spanish, Greek, Ukrainian, Assyrian, etc.) (2%)
Ethnic Groups: Armenians (93%), Yesids, Russians, Greek, Kurds, Aramaes, Azeri
Highest Mountain: Aragats
President/Head of State: Mr. Robert Kocharyan
Government: Republic
Currency: Dram (AMD)
Exchange Rate: US$1= 400 AMD Euro 1 = 515 AMD (as of August 2006)
Health Risks: none
Electricity: ~220
Weights & Measures: Metric
Country Name in other languages: Հայաստան [Hayastan] (Armenian) Armenien (German) Ermenistan (Turkish)

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Maps

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Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties In Armenia it is not so easy to get vegetarian food. Often in families vegetables are eaten, but for guests normally meat is prepared. One dish you often get in restaurants and at parties is Chorovats, Shaschlik. It normally is delicious. People prepare it on wood from the wineyards. The most delicious Chorovats is prepared from the meat of semi-wild pigs from the area around Dilidjan.
In early spring you can get an astonishing variety of herbs, bought on the marcets even in Yerevan. These herbs are eigher eaten plain or with egg.
The most popular bread in Armenia is called Lavash. It is a thin bread normally baked in a Tonir, an oven in the ground. Today there are also factories producing Lavash. Lavash is often used instead of a fork. The cognac of armenia is popular, but on the markets often cheap copies are sold. The best brand is ARARAT. You get nice spirituoses made from mulberries or apricots.
Coffee is prepered in an oriental style. A lot of elder women will be willing to find out things about your future, if you give them your empty coffee-cup.

Money and Costs

Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...
The Armenian money is called Dram, which consists of 100 Looma. However, only Dram is used now. The exchange rate as of December 10, 2007 is about 305-308 Drams for US$ 1 and 450 Drams for one Euro
Money can be exchanged in any bank + there are also many street currency exchange offices in Yerevan and in other bigger cities where you can exchange US$, Euros, Russian Roubles for Drams. This is absolutely safe.
There are many ATMs in the center of Yerevan, but there are very few ATMs outside of Yerevan. Here (http://banks.am/eng/index.php?sub=search) you can search for an ATM in different locations in Armenia
MasterCards, Visas and ArCa cards are accepted in major stores, restaurants in Yerevan, but there are few places outside Yerevan, that accept cards.
Tipping: You are expected to tip 10% of your bill in restaurants and cafes. Some places include the tip in the bill, so check the bill first.
In open air markets and Vernisage market you are expected to bargain the price.

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country

UPDATE: starting from January 2013 the citizens of EU and USA do not need visas to enter Armenia. As regards to the citizens of other countries - it's safer to check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at www.mfa.am if you have to apply visa in advance or a visa may be purchased upon arrival. The cost of tourist visa has been reduced to AMD 3000 or € 8 for the most cases.

Everyone needs a visa to enter Armenia except for nationals of following 10 countries: Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro (with invitation only), Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
You can either apply to visa to your closest Armenian Embassy or buy one at the airport or any border crossing. The cost of single entry visa is AMD 15,000 (approx. € 30 or $ 45). Alternatively you can apply for an e-visa from the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, but this is only valid for entry at Zvarntos airport. The cost of e-visa is $60 (and you can pay for it only on-line).

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

www.armenianhistory.info

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...
Here is an online art gallery which has many very popular Armenians painters posted: http://diaspora.ww.am/artgallery/

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
You can find a free online guide book at : http://www.armeniapedia.org/index.php?title=Rediscovering_Armenia_Guidebook

Other Information

Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

ArmeniaInformation
The Armenia Encyclopedia
Armenia@Wikipedia
Armenia@Wikitravel

Offtopic Messages

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