Demonstrations and protests
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.
Protests and demonstrations can occur in Yerevan, Gyumri and other major cities. They are generally peaceful, but can escalate.
To stay safe during periods of unrest:
- avoid the affected areas
- monitor local media and other sources
- follow the advice of local authorities
The Armenian government has abolished the state of emergency/martial law which was declared in 2020 following the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The dispute remains unresolved. You should avoid areas around military bases and installations.
Do not travel within 5kms of Armenia’s border with Azerbaijan due to the risk of armed conflict.
The dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh remains unresolved. Consular support is not available in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Although a ceasefire exists, the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan is closed, as is the boundary between those parts of Nagorno-Karabakh controlled by Armenians and by Azerbaijan.
Russian peacekeepers have been deployed to Nagorno-Karabakh, but tensions remain. The border areas between Armenia and Azerbaijan also contain mines and unexploded ordnance. Any foreigners venturing within 5km of these borders are liable to be stopped by the police or the military.
Conflicts in both these areas have caused several deaths and injuries. Unmarked landmines are also present.
Cars and other vehicles on the roads from Kayan and Ijevan to Noyemberyan can be attacked.
The enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh is unsafe. Armenia disputes Azerbaijan’s control of this region. The surrounding military zone is also unsafe. A ceasefire in place since 1994 has been broken several times.