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  Arrival/Departure Information


Most foreign nationals entering Armenia require a visa. Exceptions include citizens of most CIS countries and others providing reciprocity. A list of exempted nationalities can be found at but should be confirmed with the Armenian Embassy serving your country

For those requiring a visa, a simple tourist visa will suffice for stays less than 21 days. For those with a valid credit card and entering the country through Zvartnots International Airport, visas can be issued on line. Visas may also be purchased upon arrival, but a penalty fee may be assessed if arriving from a country hosting an Armenian Embassy. A 21-day visa costs $30.00 at the airport.

After arrival at the airport International Airport Zvartnots you have to pass customs control. Airport staff will collect your baggage claim checks and match them against your baggage before allowing you to proceed to customs control.

As you exit the customs area and enter the “arrivals hall”, the greeter will await you with an “OSI/AUA Conference” poster (see the image below). Once all of the guests from that flight are accounted for, the greeter will accompany you to your hotel and assist you in registering.

Note: baggage carts are available close to the baggage claim area. The price for baggage carts varies from approximately $2 (cart) to $5 (cart with porter).

If you have not informed us of your itinerary or arrive on a different flight and you are not met at the airport, the best way to reach the hotel (HyBusiness Hotel or Congress Hotel) is to hire a taxicab, which are available at the exit area. The average price varies from 2,500AMD to 5,000 AMD (about $5-10), though extensive “negotiations” might be needed to get this price. If you use a taxicab, be sure you agree upon the fare before leaving.
Taxies within the city cost 1-3$.

HyBusiness Hotel (click on the hotel to see who is assigned there)
Address: Yerevan-10, Mher Mkrtchyan St. 8
Tel: (3741) 567567, 580422

Congress Hotel (click on the hotel to see who is assigned there)
Address: Yerevan-10, Italiai St. 1
Tel: (3741) 580095

If you missed the flight contact local conference organizers by: (09) 499 654 mobile.


The conference organizers will cover the cost of your room (which includes breakfast) and additional meals based on your itinerary. You are responsible for all other expenses.

You have to check out from the hotel before you leave. The official check-in/check-out time is 12 noon. Hotels provide as much flexibility as possible.

The conference organizers will provide transportation to the airport. Either a bus or van and conference “greeter” will pick you up at your hotel 2 hours and 15 minutes before your scheduled flight time. Please ensure you have checked out of the hotel and settled any expenses you may have incurred b that time.

After arriving to the airport International Airport Zvartnots you have to pay 10,0000 AMD (about $17) departure tax and receive a receipt prior to checking in at your airline registration desk. Once you have your boarding pass, you must pass through customs control and airport security en route to your departure gate.

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