Information & Facts
Business is conducted formally in Armenia. Business hours are
Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.
Most of Armenia experiences a continental climate due to its
high elevation, with hot summers and cold winters. The higher
elevations receive more precipitation and are cooler. Summer is the
most popular season for travellers, but spring and autumn are the
best time of year to travel in Armenia with milder temperatures.
Yerevan has average summer temperatures of and 23°F (-5°C) in
winter, but temperatures are often more extreme.
The international dialling code for Armenia is +374. The
outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g.
0044 for the UK). Cities codes are in use, and the national prefix
to call between cities is 0 e.g. (0)10 for Yerevan. For mobile
phones the prefix is 09. Public pre-paid card phones are available
throughout the country, but not all will allow international calls;
post offices and major hotels have international dialling access,
but calls are expensive. Internet cafes are available in Yerevan
and other large cities. Mobile phones can be rented.
Armenia is an orthodox Christian country and outside the capital
people are conservative, so women in particular should avoid
wearing shorts and short skirts. Military bases and installations
should not be photographed.
There is free import on 400 cigarettes, one bottle of alcohol,
perfume up to the amount of US$500, and personal goods of up to
US$500 in value.
Electrical current in Armenia is 220 volts, 50 Hz.
Round two-pin attachment plugs and ?Schuko' plugs are in
There are no immunizations required for travellers to Armenia;
however there is a small risk of malaria between June and October
in some of the villages of the Ararat Valley. Medical care is
limited, particularly outside of Yerevan, and treatment is not
recommended for anything major. Comprehensive medical insurance
should include emergency medical evacuation.
Armenian is the official language, and it has its own
alphabet. Russian is widely spoken and English is becoming more
The official currency of Armenia is the Dram (AMD), which is
divided into 100 lumas. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks
as well as many hotels, with US dollars the most widely recognised
and easily changed, although notes should be in good condition.
Credit cards are not widely accepted other than in some large
hotels and restaurants. Travellers cheques should be in US dollars
to avoid additional charges and there are few ATMs in Yerevan,
including HSBC. It is advisable to carry plenty of small change in
local currency as shops and markets will often not have change.
All passports must be valid for the period of intended stay. It
is recommended that all visitors requiring a visa should obtain it
prior to arrival from the Armenian Embassy in their home country,
however visas are obtainable for most nationalities for a tourist
stay of up to four months at Yerevan Zvartnots Airport if holding
Crime is relatively low in Armenia, but travellers should still
be careful with their personal possessions and avoid any
unnecessary displays of wealth. Pickpockets take advantage of
crowded market areas. Avoid travel near the border with Azerbaijan
due to the unresolved dispute over Nagorno Karabakh.
Local time in Armenia is GMT +4.
Many restaurants in the capital will add a service charge onto
the bill, but this does not go to the staff, so tips are welcome in