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Armenia Travel Guide

AIRPORT CHECK IN AND VISA:
    Every passenger who travels to Armenia and through Zvartnots International Airport should expect to be treated with the best service. Customer Service staff is available round-the-clock to assist travelers in case of queries, comments or concerns. Information desks are located both in the departure and arrival halls. Employees control the regular queue of passengers in the area to Passport Control cabins, separating the passengers of exempted group.
    All visitors to Armenia must hold a valid passport and entry visa. Passports and passport replacing documents must be valid at all times regardless of visa status. Noncompliance with the entry regulations may result in deportation of the passenger and fines for the transporting airlines.
It is recommended that check-in for international flights is 3 hours prior to departure. A Plymouth Travel Tour representative will meet you at the airport and assist with check-in.

LUGGAGE
  Please try to limit your checked baggage to one piece per person.
  
  Allowances for foreign citizens
  Citizens of foreign countries are allowed to carry the following items into or out of RA territory free of customs duties:
goods accompanying personal luggage, the customs duty tariff for import of which is 0%, the total weight of which does not exceed 50 kg., and the total customs value is not more than 500 US dollars.
goods conveyed through international transfers (parcels) the total weight of which does not exceed 20 kg, and the total customs value of which is not more than 100 US dollars.
CUSTOM REGULATIONS:
Your luggage may be examined on entering and leaving Armenia.

SAFTEY: Crime is relatively low in Armenia, but travelers should still be careful with their personal possessions and avoid any unnecessary displays of wealth.
One of the most common feedbacks of our tourists is that while walking along Yerevan streets they feel quite safe.

WEATHER:
 
  Most of Armenia has a dry, high-altitude climate except for verdant rainy pockets in Lori, Tavush and Syunik. Spring (March to May) has more flowers but autumn (late September to early November) has long, warm days and more stable weather. It’s also the time of harvest festivals and delicious fresh produce – Yerevan averages 27°C in both seasons. Summer (June to August) in Yerevan can be 40°C for days at a time, while conditions can be radically different in the north. Lake Sevan has a short summer – late June to September – but is Canadian during winter: -10°C on average. Winter weather lasts until April or May over much of the country.
  

LOCAL TIME :Local time in Armenia is GMT +4
  

ELECTRICITY: Electrical current in Armenia is 220 volts, 50 Hz

LANGUAGE : Armenian is the official language, and it has its own alphabet. Russian is widely spoken and English is becoming more prominent especially among the younger generation.
  

TIPPING: Many restaurants in the capital will add a service charge onto the bill, but this does not go to the staff, so tips are welcome in Armenia.  
  

COMMUNICATIONS:The international dialing code for Armenia is +374. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the US). City codes are in use, and the national prefix to call between cities is 0 e.g. (0)10 for Yerevan. Public pre-paid card phones are available throughout the country. Post offices and major hotels have international dialing access, but calls are expensive. Internet cafes are available in Yerevan and other large cities. Mobile phones can be rented too.

MONEY MATTERS: The national currency is Armenian Dram(AMD).  In stores and other commercial centers trade is carried out in the national currency only. There is no problem with the foreign currency exchange, as almost everywhere and in many stores there are exchange desks where you can exchange any currency.
 Notes come in denominations of AMD50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000 and coins come in denominations of AMD500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10.
  

Credit Cards, ATM’s : All of the major credit cards are accepted in most cities in Armenia.
There are ATMs available in the major cities in Armenia. For more information check the Visa ATM locator, the MasterCard ATM locator or the American Express ATM locator for the addresses of ATMs around the world.
  

SHOPPING: Most shops are open from 10:00am to 20:00pm. Banks are usually open 9:00am to 5:00pm. Armenia is known for its ceramics, wine, lace, fresh and natural food and fruits and more! Ararat brandy is Portugal’s best-known export, and easy to find.
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