Every year Armenia hosts hundreds of thousands of tourists. The article will tell you about the countries from where the largest number of travelers come to Armenia.
Armenia is one of the actively developing tourist destinations. A country with a rich cultural and historical heritage continuously attracts tourists, the number of which is growing every year. For example, in 2021, the number of people visiting Armenia increased by 2.5 times compared to the previous year.
The rich nature of Armenia gives opportunities for different types of recreation. At the balneological and climatic resorts you can not only relax, but also improve your health. Both lovers of extreme recreation and those who just want to be alone with nature away from the hustle and bustle of the city will find a suitable destination for themselves. In the summer, beach holidays on the shores of the high-mountain lake Sevan are popular. Affordable prices won’t stay unnoticed.
So, which countries tourists visit Armenia from in 2023?
Tourists from Russia frame the majority of visitors in Armenia. Russians do not have any issues with additional documents to enter the country, they have a visa-free regime. You can even enter Armenia with an internal Russian passport. The lack of a language barrier is attractive (here, almost everyone speaks good Russian), as well as a friendly attitude towards visitors from the Russian Federation, which plays an important role in today’s reality. Another important point is that Russian “MIR” cards work on the Armenia’s territory.
Until recently, Armenia was not considered a particularly popular tourist destination. However, it is rather not a lack of interest, but a lack of quality advertising. Armenian tour operators are actively working to fill this gap and attract more tourists from Georgia, and the first results are already visible. Today, Georgia ranks second in terms of the number of Armenian tourists in the country. From Tbilisi to Yerevan one can get by car in 3-4 hours. People are happy to go for new experiences, they are also attracted by various thematic tours (for example, gastronomic tours).
The number of tourists from Iran is also growing every year, and direct flights between the capitals make the trips simple and convenient. Most Iranians come here to get an education, students make up about half of all Iranian citizens arriving in Armenia. For short trips (less than 90 days), Iranian citizens don’t need to get a visa, in addition, the staff of many hotels and hostels also speak Persian. By the way, many Iranians come to Armenia in the spring to celebrate Novruz – the Iranian New Year. People are attracted by the lack of strict prohibitions that operate in their country. For example, there is an opportunity to drink alcoholic beverages, have fun freely, listen to various music.
The United States of America ranks fourth in terms of the number of tourists visiting Armenia. An impressive number of Armenians live in the US, according to some sources, the number of the Armenian diaspora is about 2 million people. The Americans of having Armenian roots are invariably attracted by the opportunity to visit their historical homeland, get close to their roots, and visit various historical sites or religious shrines.
Until this year, Ukraine was in fifth place in terms of the number of tourists coming to Armenia. Also in recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of tourists arriving from the UAE. In addition, the country was visited by several thousand tourists from India, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belarus, Belgium, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Poland, and Lebanon.