5 common mistakes about Azerbaijan
Actually it is the biggest mistake about Azerbaijan, because in last 10 years there are almost no terror acts and street crime in Azerbaijan. But in any crowded place such as: bus, tram, Metro, market, entrance to a busy place—where people stand close to each other, you should guard your bag, wallet, camera, jewelry, wrist watch, and anything else of value. But you can walk in the city and enjoy it without any problems day and night. Sometimes there are shootings only on the borders between Azerbaijan and Armenia but it is not dangerous for travelers.
2. Azerbaijan is small
The population of Azerbaijan exceeds 9.8 million and the territory covers an area of 86 600 square kilometers. According to both of these figures, Azerbaijan is the largest country of the South Caucasus. Also Azerbaijan is bigger than Czech Republic and Austria, bit smaller than Portugal and Serbia. So there are a lot of thing to see.
3. Population of Azerbaijan are Arabs and Islam is strict in Azerbaijan
It is very funny for us, to hear from our tourists that, Azerbaijanis are Arabs. We are not. Azerbaijan is a multicultural country, we respect other nationalities. Over than 90% of population are Azerbaijani Turks and there are many of ethnic groups: Lezgins, Avars, Armenians, Kurds. It is true Azerbaijanis are muslims. But Azerbaijan is a secular republic and thousands representatives of other religions live in Azerbaijan, such as christians and jewish.
4. It takes very long to get a visa
Actually a year ago it was very complicated to get a visa, but now you can get your e-visa in three days. You must pay only 23 $ and some other documents are required (for further Information https://evisa.gov.az/en/information)
5. Azerbaijani cities are unmodern
There are modern cities in Azerbaijan. Especially centers of cities are modern and beatiful: Baku, Sumgait, Gabala, Guba, Mingachevir, Ganja and others. There are modern parks, boulevards, museums, shopping centers.