Armenia Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Armenia
Where is it: Armenia is located in southwestern Asia, east of Turkey.

Why do people go here: Those that can get past the ugly reminants of 70 years of Soviet domination, and the current international tensions, enjoy a country that is known for its ruins, supurb brandy (Winston Churchill’s favorite!) and cultural celebrations. Not yet a tourist destination, travelers can still consider Armenia to be “off the beaten path.” Even the capital only has a dozen or so hotels.

What are the main entry points: Because of the tension with neighboring Turkey and Azerbaijan (and closed boarders) and unsafe road coming from Georgia, flying into the capital Yerevan is recommended.

Currency used: Dram

Country Code for Phones: 374

Area codes for Major Cities: Ashtarak 43, Yerevan 2

Religion: Armenian Apostolic 94%, other Christian 4%, Yezidi (Zoroastrian/animist) 2%

Population: 3.3 million

Ethnic Breakdown: 97.9% Armenian, 1.3% Yazidi, 0.5% Russian, 0.3% Other

Government: Presidential republic

Languages: Armenian 96%, Russian 2%, other 2%

Travel Information

Major Cities: Yerevan

Attractions: Yerevan, Khor Virap Monastery, Lake Sevan

Accommodation: Armenia Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Armenia Tourism Office

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Arteni Village, Rya Taza Village, Komitas Square & Statue, Three Arch Bridge

Health Issues: No vaccines are required to enter Armenia. There is a slight risk of malaria from June to October in Eastern border areas, away from tourist centers.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Armenia is not a top tourist destination, so you won’t have to deal with massive crowds any time of year. Early autumn is considered the best time as the weather is still warm. Ski-fans should plan on a January or February trip.

Common Phrases: Yes = Ayo, No = Che, Please = Kh’ntrem, Thank you = Sh’norhakal em, Do you speak English? = Khosum es …?

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 21 September (1991), Armenian Christmas, January 6

Getting Around: Buses are the best way to get around as roads are in poor condition and fuel supplies are limited.

Good to know: The water is considered unsafe to drink. Boarders with Turkey and Azerbaijan are closed.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Armenia is the Zvartnots International Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Armenia travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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