Country: Azerbaijan, the nation and former Soviet republic, is bounded by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains which span Asia and Europe. The capital is Baku and it has a population of approximately 10 million. The official language is Azerbaijani.
To access emergency services: Dial 103 (You must speak in Azeri, Turkish or Russian to communicate your needs. It would be a good idea to memorize key phrases before visiting Azerbaijan).
Currency: Azerbaijani manat (AZN)
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacu¬ation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in an Azerbaijanian hospital: In Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Health is responsible for the healthcare system. Expats in Azerbaijan should ensure that they have private health insurance, which is typically arranged through their employer. Private medical facilities offer much higher standards of care, including modern equipment and well-qualified staff, and most expats living in Azerbaijan choose to visit private hospitals. The private healthcare sector has undergone expansion in recent years, leaving expats with more choice when it comes to their health.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Azerbaijan: To read about specific facilities which are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search
Azerbaijan-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC
, or the WHO
for up-to-date travel notices.