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Bilateral agreements

Document-ID : 2015-06-01
Entry info force : 01.06.2015
Documentdate : 03.12.2014

Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the facilitation of the issuance of visas

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF NORWAY

and

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN,

hereinafter referred to as 'the Parties';

DESIRING to facilitate people to people contacts as an important condition for a steady development of economic, humanitarian, cultural, scientific and other ties, by facilitating the issuing of visas to citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway on a basis of reciprocity,

RECOGNISING that visa facilitation should not lead to irregular migration and paying special attention to security and readmission,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

Article 1

Purpose and scope of application

The purpose of this Agreement is to facilitate, on the basis of reciprocity, the issuance of visas for an intended stay of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days to the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway.

Article 2

General clause

1. The visa facilitations provided in this Agreement shall apply to citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway only insofar as they are not exempted from the visa requirement by the laws and regulations of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway, this Agreement or other international Agreements.

2. The national law of the Republic of Azerbaijan or of the Kingdom of Norway shall apply to issues not covered by the provisions of this Agreement, such as the refusal to issue a visa, recognition of travel documents, proof of sufficient means of subsistence and the refusal of entry and expulsion measures.

Article 3

Definitions

For the purpose of this Agreement:

(a) 'Citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan' shall mean any person who holds the citizenship of the Republic of Azerbaijan in accordance with its legislation in force;

(b) 'Citizen of the Kingdom of Norway' shall mean any person who holds the citizenship of the Kingdom of Norway in accordance with its legislation in force;

(c) 'visa' shall mean an authorisation issued by the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway with a view to transiting through, or an intended stay of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180-day period, in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway;

For the purpose of determining the period of stay for citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, any period of stay within the 180-day period in any other state applying the Schengen aquis in full shall be taken into account.

(d) 'legally residing person' shall mean :

- for the Republic of Azerbaijan, a citizen of the Kingdom of Norway who acquired temporary or permanent residence permit for a period of more than 90 days in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan,

- for the Kingdom of Norway, a citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan authorized or entitled to stay for more than 90 days in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway.

Article 4

Documentary evidence regarding the purpose of the journey

1. For the following categories of citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway, the following documents are sufficient for justifying the purpose of the journey to the other Party:

(a) for close relatives — spouses, children (including adopted), parents (including custodians), grandparents and grand-children – visiting citizens of the Kingdom of Norway legally residing in the territory of Republic of Azerbaijan or citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan legally residing in the Kingdom of Norway, or citizens of the Kingdom of Norway residing in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway, or citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan residing in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan:

- a written request from the host person;

(b) without prejudice to Article 10, for members of official delegations including permanent members of such delegations who, following an official invitation addressed to the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway, shall participate in official meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programmes, as well as in events held in the territory of the Republic of the Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway by intergovernmental organisations:

- a letter issued by a competent authority of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway confirming that the applicant is a member of its delegation travelling to the territory of the other Party to participate in the aforementioned events, accompanied by a copy of the official invitation;

(c) for business people and representatives of business organisations:

- a written request from the host legal person or company, organization or an office or a branch of such legal person or company, state or local authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway or organising committees of trade and industrial exhibitions, conferences and symposia held in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway endorsed by the competent authorities in accordance with the national legislation;

(d) for drivers conducting international cargo and passenger transportation services between the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway in vehicles registered in the Kingdom of Norway or in the Republic of Azerbaijan:

- a written request from the national company or association (union) of carriers of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway providing for international road transportation, stating the purpose, itinerary, duration and frequency of the trips;

(e) for pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purposes of study or educational training, including in the framework of exchange programmes as well as other school related activities:

- a written request or a certificate of enrolment from the host university, academy, institute, college or school or student cards or certificates of the courses to be attended;

(f) for persons participating in scientific, academic, cultural or artistic activities, including university and other exchange programmes:

- a written request from the host organisation to participate in those activities;

(g) for journalists and technical crew accompanying them in a professional capacity:

- a certificate or other document issued by a professional organization or the applicant's employer proving that the person concerned is a qualified journalist and stating that the purpose of the journey is to carry out journalistic work or proving that he/she is a member of technical crew accompanying the journalist in a professional capacity;

(h) for participants in international sports events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity:

- a written request from the host organization, competent authorities, national sport federations of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway and National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway;

(i) for participants in official exchange programmes organized by twin cities:

- a written request of the Head of Administration/Mayor of these cities;

(j) for persons travelling for medical reasons and necessary accompanying persons:

- an official document of the medical institution confirming necessity of medical examination and treatment in this institution, the necessity of being accompanied and proof of sufficient financial means to pay for the medical treatment;

(k) for members of the professions participating in international exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars or other similar events held on the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway:

- a written request from the host organization confirming that the person concerned is participating in the event;

(l) for representatives of civil society organizations when undertaking trips for the purposes of educational training, seminars, conferences, including in the framework of exchange programmes:

- a written request issued by the host organization, a confirmation that the person is representing the civil society organization and the certificate on establishment of such organization from the relevant register issued by a state authority in accordance with the national legislation;

(m) relatives visiting for burial ceremonies:

- an official document confirming the fact of death as well as confirmation of the family or other relationship between the applicant and the buried;

(n) for visiting military and civil burial grounds:

- an official document confirming the existence and preservation of the grave as well as family or other relationship between the applicant and the buried.

2. The written request mentioned in paragraph 1 of this Article shall include the following information:

(a) for the invited person: name and surname, date of birth, sex, citizenship, passport number, time and purpose of the journey, number of entries and where relevant the names of the spouse and children accompanying the invited person;

(b) for the inviting person: name, surname and address;

(c) for the inviting legal person, company or organisation: full name and address and:

- if the request is issued by an organisation or authority, the name and position of the person who signs the request;

- if the inviting person is a legal person or company or an office or a branch of such legal person or company established in the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway, the registration number as required by the national law of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway.

3. For the categories of persons mentioned in paragraph 1 of this Article, all categories of visas are issued according to the simplified procedure without requiring any other justification, invitation or validation concerning the purpose of the journey, provided for by the legislation of the Parties.

Article 5

Issuance of multiple-entry visas

1. Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway shall issue multiple-entry visas with a term of validity of 5 years to the following categories of citizens:

(a) spouses, children (including adopted), who are under the age of 21 or are dependant, parents (including custodians), grandparents and grand-children – visiting citizens of the Kingdom of Norway legally residing in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan legally residing in the Kingdom of Norway, or citizens of the Kingdom of Norway residing in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway, or citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan residing in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

(b) permanent members of official delegations, who following an official invitation addressed to the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway, are to participate regularly in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programmes, as well as in events held in the territory of the Republic of the Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway by intergovernmental organisations;

By way of derogation from the first sentence, where the need or the intention to travel frequently or regularly is manifestly limited to a shorter period, the term of validity of the multiple-entry visa shall be limited to that period, in particular where:

- in the case of the persons referred to in point (a), the period of validity of the authorisation for legal residence of citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Kingdom of Norway or citizens of the Kingdom of Norway legally residing in the Republic of Azerbaijan;

- in the case of the persons referred to in point (b), the term of the validity of the status as a permanent member of an official delegation;

is less than five years.

2. Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Azerbaijan and of the Kingdom of Norway shall issue multiple-entry visas with the term of validity of one year to the following categories of citizens, provided that during the previous year they have obtained at least one visa and have made use of it in accordance with the laws on entry and stay of the visited State:

(a) students and post-graduate students who regularly travel for the purposes of study or educational training, including in the framework of exchange programmes;

(b) journalists and technical crew accompanying them in a professional capacity;

(c) participants in official exchange programmes organised by twin cities;

(d) drivers conducting international cargo and passenger transportation services between the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway in vehicles registered in the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway;

(e) persons needing to visit regularly for medical reasons and necessary accompanying persons;

(f) members of the professions participating in international exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars or other similar events who regularly travel to the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway;

(g) representatives of civil society organizations travelling regularly to the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway for the purposes of educational training, seminars, conferences, including in the framework of exchange programmes;

(h) business people and representatives of business organisations who regularly travel to the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway;

(i) persons participating in scientific, cultural and artistic activities, including university and other exchange programmes, who regularly travel to the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway;

(j) participants in international sports events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity;

(k) members of official delegations who, following an official invitation addressed to the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway, shall participate regularly in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programmes, as well as in events held in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway by intergovernmental organisations.

3. Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway shall issue multiple-entry visas with the term of validity of a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years to the categories of persons referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article, provided that during the previous 2 years they have made use of the one year multiple-entry visas in accordance with the laws on entry and stay of the visited State, unless the need or the intention to travel frequently or regularly is manifestly limited to a shorter period, in which case the term of validity of the multipleentry visa shall be limited to that period.

4. The total period of stay of persons referred to in paragraphs 1 to 3 of this Article shall not exceed 90 days per period of 180 days in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway. For the purpose of determining the period of stay for citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, any period of stay within the 180-day period in another state applying the Schengen aquis in full shall be taken into account.

Article 6

Fees for processing visa applications

1. The fee for processing visa applications shall amount to EUR 35.

The aforementioned amount may be reviewed in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 13(4).

2. Without prejudice to paragraph 3 of this Article, fees for processing the visa application are waived for the following categories of persons:

(a) for close relatives – spouses, children (including adopted), parents (including custodians), grandparents and grand-children – of citizens of the Kingdom of Norway legally residing in the territory of Republic of Azerbaijan, of citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan legally residing in the Kingdom of Norway, of citizens of the Kingdom of Norway residing in the territory of the Kingdom of Norway, and of citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan residing in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

(b) for members of official delegations, including permanent members of official delegations, who, following an official invitation addressed to the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway, shall participate in official meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programmes, as well as in events held in the territory of the Republic of the Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway by intergovernmental organisations;

(c) pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purposes of study or educational training, including in the framework of exchange programmes as well as other school related activities;

(d) persons with disabilities and persons accompanying them, if necessary;

(e) participants in international sports events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity;

(f) persons participating in scientific, cultural and artistic activities, including university and other exchange programmes;

(g) persons who have presented documents proving the necessity of their travel on humanitarian grounds, including to receive urgent medical treatment and the person accompanying such person, or to attend a funeral of a close relative, or to visit a seriously ill close relative;

(h) representatives of civil society organizations when undertaking trips for the purposes of educational training, seminars, conferences, including in the framework of exchange programmes;

(i) pensioners;

(j) children under the age of 18 and dependent children under the age of 21;

(k) journalists and technical crew accompanying them in a professional capacity.

3. If the Kingdom of Norway or the Republic of Azerbaijan cooperates with an external service provider in view of issuing a visa the external service provider may charge a service fee. This fee shall be proportionate to the costs incurred by the external service provider while performing its tasks and shall not exceed EUR 30. The Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Azerbaijan shall maintain the possibility for all applicants to lodge their applications directly at their consulates.

For the Kingdom of Norway, the external service provider shall conduct its operations in accordance with the Visa Code and in full respect of the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

For the Republic of Azerbaijan, the external service provider shall conduct its operations in accordance with the Azerbaijani legislation and of the legislation of the Kingdom of Norway.

Article 7

Length of procedures for processing visa applications

1. Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway shall take a decision on the request to issue a visa within 10 calendar days of the date of the receipt of the application and documents required for issuing the visa.

2. The period of time for taking a decision on a visa application may be extended up to 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed.

3. The period of time for taking a decision on a visa application may be reduced to 2 working days or less in urgent cases.

Article 8

Departure in case of lost, spoiled or stolen documents

Citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway who have lost their identity documents, or from whom these documents have been stolen, or these documents have been spoiled while staying in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway, may leave the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway on the basis of valid identity documents entitling them to cross the border issued by diplomatic missions or consular posts of the Republic of Azerbaijan or of the Kingdom of Norway without any visa or other authorisation.

Article 9

Extension of visa in exceptional circumstances

Citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway who are not able to leave the territory of the Kingdom of Norway or the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan by the time stated in their visas for reasons of force majeure shall have the term of their stay indicated in visas extended free of charge in accordance with the legislation applied by the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway for the period required for their return to the State of their residence.

Article 10

Diplomatic passports

1. Citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway who are holders of valid diplomatic passport may enter, leave and transit through the territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Kingdom of Norway without visas.

2. Persons mentioned in paragraph 1 may stay in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan or the territory of the Kingdom of Norway for a period not exceeding 90 days per period of 180 days. For the purpose of determining the period of stay for citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, any period of stay within the 180-day period in any other state applying the Schengen acquis in full shall be taken into account.

Article 11

Rights of movement

Subject to the national rules and regulations concerning national security of the Republic of Azerbaijan and of the Kingdom of Norway, citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan and of the Kingdom of Norway are entitled to travel within the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Norway on equal basis with the citizens of the Kingdom of Norway and of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Article 12

Joint Committee for management of the Agreement

1. The Parties may set up a Joint Committee of experts (hereinafter referred to as “the Committee”), composed by representatives of the Republic of Azerbaijan and of the Kingdom of Norway.

2. The Committee shall, in particular, have the following tasks:

(a) monitoring the implementation of the present Agreement;

(b) suggesting amendments or additions to the present Agreement;

(c) setting disputes arising out of the interpretation or application of the provisions in this Agreement.

3. The Committee shall meet whenever necessary at the request of one of the Parties.

4. The Committee shall establish its rules of procedure.

Article 13

Final clauses

1. This Agreement shall be ratified or approved by the Parties in accordance with their respective procedures and shall enter into force on the first day of the second month after the receipt of the last written notification by the Parties through diplomatic channels that the procedures referred to above have been completed.

2. By way of derogation to paragraph 1 of this Article, the present Agreement shall only enter into force on the date of the entry into force of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway on the readmission of persons residing without authorization if this date is after the date provided for in paragraph 1 of this Article.

3. This Agreement is concluded for an indefinite period of time, unless terminated in accordance with paragraph 6 of this Article.

4. This Agreement may be amended by written agreement of the Parties. Amendments shall enter into force in accordance with paragraph 1 of this Article.

5. Each Party may suspend in whole or in part this Agreement for reasons of public order, protection of national security or protection of public health. The decision on suspension shall be notified to the other Party not later than 48 hours before its entry into force. The Party that has suspended the application of this Agreement shall immediately inform the other Party once the reasons for the suspension no longer apply.

6. Each Party may terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the other Party. This Agreement shall cease to be in force 90 days after the date of such notification.

 

 

Done at Baku on the 3rd day of December in the year 2014 in duplicate in the Norwegian, Azerbaijani and English languages, each of these texts being equally authentic. For the purpose of interpretation of this Agreement the English text shall be used.

 

For the Government of the Kingdom of Norway                        For the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan

 

Joint Declaration

The Parties agree to continue the dialogue on visa waiver for holders of service passports after the entry into force of the Agreement between the two Parties on readmission of persons residing without authorisation and the Agreement between the two Parties on the facilitation of the issuance of visas.

Latest changes
  • New: 2015-06-01 Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the facilitation of the issuance of visas (5/27/2015)

    Norway has made an agreement with the Republic of Azerbaijan considering the facilitation of the issuance of visas. The purpose of the agreement is to facilitate the issuance of visas for an intended stay of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days. The entry into force is 1 June 2015.

  • Ny: 2015-06-01 Avtale mellom Kongeriket Norges regjering og Republikken Aserbajdsjans regjering om lettelser i utstedelsen av visa (5/27/2015)

    Norge har inngått en avtale med Aserbajdsjan om lettelser i utstedelsen av visum. Det gjelder visum for opphold av inntil 90 dagers varighet per tidsrom på 180 dager. Avtalen trer i kraft 1. juni 2015.

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