Upon arrival, it is necessary to apply to the corresponding department of the airport. In general, the procedure lasts for 20-25 minutes. The citizens of the CIS member-states, the EU member-states and the Schengen Acquis states do not need visa to travel to Armenia. For the visitors under 18 years old visa is free of charge. By the expiration of the visa dates, it should be prolonged at the Passport and Visa Department (Yerevan, 13a, Mashtots Ave).
Visa can be also obtained prior to the arrival (online) by applying to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia: http://mfa.am/en/
More detailed information regarding visa provision can be found at the web page of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It is usually possible to find accommodation right in the moment you show up at your destination. However, you might have difficulties in high season and it is advised to make the booking in advance. Please, note hostels suggest affordable prices for budget tourists and have good facilities. See our information on hostels in section “Our Hostels” (http://onewayhostel.com/) and "Hotels" (http://onewaytour.com/hotels/) .
The national currency of Armenia is Dram (AMD). Shops accept only AMD.
There are currency exchange offices everywhere in Yerevan, especially in big 24/7 stores. Banks exchange currency, too.
Bankcards are accepted in all banks, hotels and many centrally located shops and restaurants in Yerevan.
While traveling you might be shocked by how much you spend every day. Food and accommodation usually take the heaviest toll on your wallet. The cost of food can be reduced by shopping at grocery stores and not dining in restaurants, which tend to be very expensive in tourist areas. See our suggestions on for the cheapest places to stay – section “Our Hostels” (http://onewayhostel.com/). In addition, there are things like museums, tourist attractions, pubs, and nightclubs, which are all extras that seem small but add up quickly. Plan your trip wisely, but don't end up regretting not having done or seen something just because it cost money that you were afraid to spend.
If you want to have interesting trip, traveling separate from touristic groups, on your own, with your family or friends, we suggest you private tours (see in our website the section “private tours” http://onewaytour.com/private-tours/ ). We organize tours in Armenia, Georgia and Artsakh and you can choose one of the tours and enjoy your trip in Armenia. You can order only a car, or also take a guide service. Join us to discover Armenia. You can get acquainted with the car rental conditions and the pricelist by visiting “Car Rental" (http://onewaytour.com/car-rental/) section of our web site if you are interested in renting a car without a driver.
The following means of public transportation are available in Yerevan:
• metro (100)
• taxi (100 AMD per 1 km, the minimum fare is 600 AMD)
• buses (100 AMD) and minibuses (100 AMD) Taxi, buses and minibuses connect Yerevan and the adjacent areas. We also organise transfers from / to the airport, the cost of which starts with 6000 AMD.
The weather in Armenia is mild in winter and hot in summer. In summer the temperature fluctuates between +22 °C to +36 °C. The winters are mainly cold; the average temperature is between -15°C to -1°C.
The main language spoken in Armenia is Armenian. Different parts of Armenia have different dialects and different ways of speaking, so it can be quite difficult to understand Armenian speakers from another part of the country. English and Russian are the most common languages after Armenian, and many Armenians have studied some level of English and Russian either at school or through practice with foreign friends.
There is no such concept as compulsory dress code in Armenia. However, you should note that during tours, when you visit monastery complexes, churches and other spiritual or cultural institutions, especially if you visit Armenia in summer or in warm weather, it is advisable not to wear very open or short clothes. Furthermore, it is not a strike rule in Armenia, but for women, as a sign of obedience, it is preferable to put on headscarves (headscarf) when entering a church.
Christianity was first introduced to this area by the apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the 1st century AD. Armenia became the first country to establish Christianity as its state religion when, in an event traditionally dated to 301 AD, St. Gregory the Illuminator convinced Tiridates III, the king of Armenia, to convert to Christianity. Before this, the dominant religion was Armenian paganism, under the theological influence of Zoroastrianism.
Armenia is just a gourmet paradise! Getting acquainted with the Armenian cuisine will not leave anyone indifferent and our special gastronomic tour can help you in it. Many cozy cafe՛s and restaurants in Yerevan will offer you a huge variety of national dishes. Be sure to try the traditional tolma, "from the heat with the heat" khorovats and national soup spas. You will remember for a long time the "sunny" taste and flavor of Armenian fruits, which you will certainly want to take to your country to treat your relatives and friends.
Yerevan is a home to a large number of museums. Here is the list of museums in Yerevan, which you can visit during your trip in Armenia:
• History Museum of Armenia
• Yerevan History Museum
• Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (Tsitsernakaberd)
• Erebuni Museum
• Mother Armenia Military Museum Art, Literature
• National Gallery of Armenia
• Charents Museum of Literature and Arts
• Hovhannes Tumanyan Museum
• "Matenadaran" Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts named after M. Mashtots
• Modern Art Museum of Yerevan
• Museum of Wood-carving of Armenia
• Hovhannes Sharambeyan Folk Art Museum
• Yervand Kochar Museum
• Russian Art Museum of Yerevan
• Sergei Parajanov Museum
• National Museum-Institute of Architecture named after Alexander Tamanian
• Cafesjian Center for the Arts
• Komitas Museum
• House-Museum of Khachatur Abovian
• House-Museum of Hovhannes Tumanyan
• House-Museum of Alexander Spendiaryan
• House-Museum of Avetik Isahakyan
• House-Museum of Yeghishe Charents
• House-Museum of Martiros Saryan
• House-museum of Ara Sargsyan and Hakob Kojoyan
• House-Museum of Derenik Demirchian
• Gevorg Grigoryan (Jotto) Museum
• House-Museum of Aram Khachaturian
• Karen Demirchyan Museum
• House-Museum of Silva Kaputikyan
• General Andranik Museum of Patriotic Movement
• Charles Aznavour Museum
• Fridtjof Nansen Museum Nature, Geology
• Museum of Zoology of Yerevan
• Hovhannes Karapetyan Geological Museum
• State Museum of Nature of Armenia
• Museum of Armenian Medicine
• Space Museum of Yerevan
• Museum of Science and Technology of Yerevan
• Railway Museum of Armenia
• Little Einstein Interactive Science Museum
Here is the list of cinemas and theatres in Yerevan:
• Nairi Cinema (address: Yerevan, Mesrop Mashtots Ave., 50 building, number: +374-10-54-28-29)
• Moscow Cinema (address: Yerevan, Abovyan St., 18 building, number: +374-10-52-12-10, +374-11-52-12-40)
• Cinema Star (address: Yerevan, Tsitsernakaberd Hwy, 3 building, Dalma Garden Mall, 2nd floor, number: +374-60-75-55-55)
• Hayastan Cinema (address: Yerevan, Andraniki St., 74 building, number: +374-10-72-33-00)
• KinoPark (Yerevan Mall) (Yerevan, Arshakunyats Ave., 34/3 Building, number: +374-11-88-88-88)
• Gabriel Sundukyan State Academic Theatre (address: Yerevan, Gr. Lusavorich str., 6 building, number: +374-10- 52-76-70)
• Yerevan Theatre of the Young Spectator (address: Yerevan, Moskovyan str., 3 building, number: +374-10-56-31-27)
• Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan (address: Yerevan, Tumanyan St., 54 Building, number: reception (09:00-18:00): +374-10-520241, booking office (10:00-20:00): +374-10-533391)
• Yerevan State Puppet Theatre named after Hovhannes Tumanyan (address: Yerevan, Sayat-Novai Ave., 4 building, number: +374-10-520254)
• Russian Drama Theatre named after Konstantin Stanislavski (address: Yerevan, Abovyan St., 7 building, number: +374-10-58-02-23, +374-10-56-91-99 ,+374-10-58-39-62)
• Hakob Paronyan State Musical Comedy Theatre (address: Yerevan, Vazgen Sargsyan St., 7 building, number: +374-10-58-01-01)
• Yerevan State Pantomime Theatre (address: Yerevan, Moskovyan St., 3 Building, 3rd Floor number: +374-77-99-11-49)
• Henrik Malyan Film-actor's Theatre (address: Yerevan, Vardanants St., 18 Building, number: +374-10-54-02-96)
• State Chamber Theatre of Yerevan (address: Yerevan, Mashtotsi Ave., 58 building, number: +374-10-56-60-70, +374-91-56-60-70)
• Small Theatre of the National Center of Aesthetics (address: Yerevan Abovyan St., 13 Building, number: +374-10-52-09-03)
• State Chamber Musical Theatre of Yerevan (address: Proshyan St. 1st Blind Alley, 1 Building (adjacent to "Marshal Baghramyan" subway station), number: +374-10-58-88-13, +374-96-58-88-13)
• Yerevan State Marionettes Theatre (address: Yerevan Mashtotsi Ave., 43 Building, number: +374-10-56-24-50) • Hamazgayin State Theatre named after Sos Sargsyan (address: Yerevan Amiryan St., 26 Building, number: +374-10-50-10-60)
• State Song Theatre of Armenia (address: Yerevan, Khanjyan St., 13a Building, number: personnel department: +374-10-56-67-90, reception: +374-10-56-67-92, Director: +374-10-54-42-50) Municipal theatres:
• Hrachya Ghaplanyan Drama Theatre (address: Yerevan Isahakyan St., 28 Building, number: +374-10-52-47-23)
• Mher Mkrtchyan Artistic Theatre (address: Yerevan, Movses Khorenatsu St., 18 Building, number: +374-10-58-01-99, +374-91-74-01-99)
• Agulis Puppet Theatre-Studio (address: Yerevan, Abovyan St., 29 Building)
• Edgar Elbakyan Theatre of Drama and Comedy (address: Yerevan, Mashtotsi Ave., 43 Building, number: +374-10-56-04-91)
Here is the list of public holidays and remembrance days in Armenia:
• 1–2 January/New Year Day/Tradition(days-off)
• 6 January/Christmas Day/Religious(day-off)
• 7 January/The day of commemoration of all dead people after Christmas Day/Religious(day-off)
• 28 January/Army Day/ In celebration of Armenian Army formation on that day in 1992 (day-off)
• 21 February/Mother Language Day
• 28 February/ The day of memory of victims of massacres organised in Azerbaijani SSR and protection of rights of refugee Armenian population
• 8 March/International Women’s Holiday/Women's day (day-off)
• 7 April/Motherhood and Beauty Day
• 24 April/Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day/Armenian Genocide in 1915 (day-off)
• 1 May/International Workers' Day/International Workers' Day(day-off)
• 9 May /Victory and Peace Day/Shushi liberation day - in May 8, 1992 Armenian forces freed the city from Azerbaijani military forces, which was an important milestone in Artsakh liberation war for Armenians
• 9 May/Victory Day (World War II) was a holiday throughout the USSR and is still an official holiday in Armenia. (day-off)
• 15 May/ Family Day
• 16 May/ Students and Youth Day
• 28 May/Republic Day/ Establishment of the Democratic Republic of Armenia in 1918 (day-off)
• 1 June/ The day of protection of children rights
• 5 July/Constitution Day and Day of State Symbols/Adopted in 1995 (day-off)
• 1 September/Knowledge and school Day/Start of learning year
• 21 September/Independence Day/ From the Union in 1991 (day-off)
• 5 October/Teacher's Day/World Teachers' Day
• Second Saturday of October/Translator's Day
• 7 December/Day of memory of victims of earthquake/Earthquake in Armenia in 1988
Most of the touristic attractions are open on public holidays, unless some situations may not permit them to be open, such as a ceremony occurring there. Some places' opening times and days are fixed regardless of holidays. Therefore, before visiting anywhere its best to make sure that the place is open by asking the front desk of your hotel or a travel agency.
Are you planning a visit to Armenia with your family? Excellent! For a good rest with children there are plenty of options to choose from – many cafes and entertainment centers, a modern city zoo and aqua park with water attractions. In Armenia, there is a special attitude towards children, therefore, without any doubt, in any public institution all possible facilities will be offered to you for a comfortable (special highchair, "children's" menu, etc.).
Souvenirs can be purchased in Vernissage, which is located in the centre of Yerevan, near the Republic Square. Numerous traditonal and contemporary art exhibits are sold here. There are also many other souvenir shops on Abovyan and Tumanyan streets.
Department stores and a number of shops in Armenia have fixed prices, but usually bargaining is acceptable and expected; some department stores will even offer a discount on expensive items like jewelry and not only. No fixed rules can be given on the process of haggling. There are several malls that you can visit in Yerevan:
• “Yerevan Mall” shopping and entertainment complex (address: Yerevan Arshakunyats Ave., 34/3 Building)
• “Dalma Garden Mall” shopping and entertainment complex (address: Yerevan, Tsitsernakaberd Highway, 3 Building)
• “Rossia Mall” shopping and entertainment complex (address: Yerevan, Tigran Metsi Ave., 16 Building)
• “Metronome Mall” shopping center (address: Yerevan Isahakyan St., 22/10 Building)
• “Rio Mall” retail and entertainment center (address: Yerevan, Vahram Papazyan St., 8 Building
In hot summer, the real "life" in Yerevan begins in evenings; late walks at this time of the year are a peculiar tradition. When the heat of the entire day changes to a pleasant cool evening, most citizens leave the houses to breathe clean air and just pleasantly chat over a cup of coffee. You can walk around the central part of the city, visit cute souvenir shops or sit in hospitable street cafes. In addition - do not miss the amazing light show of "singing fountains", which can be seen every evening on the central square of the city.
If you are an adventurous, venturesome person and without any fears of risks, for you we offer tour packages which include adventure tours in Armenia. Armenia has favorable conditions for organizing hiking and trekking tours. The combination of natural resources together with cultural and historical places of interest is making our adventurous country more suitable for hiking and trekking lovers who appreciate the nature and active type of travel. By purchasing our travel packages, you will be able to take part in interesting and unique adventure tours, including hiking trips, mountain climbing, visits to caves, jeep tours and so on. This is a great opportunity to make your visit to Armenia and Yerevan unforgettable. For more information visit http://onewaytour.com/categories/adventure-tours/