Some major credit cards are accepted in Baku, at large hotels, restaurants and banks. However, generally, Azerbaijan is a cash-only economy. Credit cards can be used to purchase tickets at the airport.
Not generally accepted.
The import and export of local currency for non-residents is prohibited.
The import of foreign currency is unlimited but must be declared upon arrival. The export of foreign currency is limited to US$10,000 or equivalent.
US Dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euros are the preferred currencies and can be exchanged at the airport, bureaux de change, all hotels, some restaurants and major banks.
However, many local hotels, bureaux de change and restaurants will not accept dollar bills dated before 1992 or those which are torn or in any way disfigured.
Travellers are advised to take banknotes in small denominations and change small amounts of money as required. Rates offered by banks and bureaux de change are unlikely to vary significantly.
Azerbaijan duty free
The following goods may be imported into Azerbaijan by persons over 16 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 1000 cigarettes or 1000g of tobacco products.
• 1.5L of spirits and 2L of wine.
• A reasonable quantity of perfume for personal use.
• Goods up to a value of US$10,000.
Note: On entering the country, tourists must complete a customs declaration form which must be retained until departure. This allows the import of articles intended for personal use, including currency and valuables which must be registered on the declaration form.
Weapons and ammunition, narcotics, live animals (subject to special permit), photographs and printed material directed against Azerbaijan, fruit and vegetables.
Weapons and ammunition, precious metals, works of art and antiques (unless permission has been granted by the Ministry of Culture) and furs.