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Guidance: Living in Armenia


Start searching for employment opportunities early. Make sure you have brought your diplomas and certificates with you, some employers may require translated copies. Armenian companies do not normally recruit employees from abroad. If they need an employee they expect to hire immediately. To apply for a job you may need to provide a UK police certificate. You can drive in Armenia on your UK issued driving licence or international licence, as long as it is valid. Medical care providers in Armenia must provide emergency first aid to any person (including a foreign national), regardless of their ability to pay. By law, if you make the necessary social security payments related to pension provisions, and you meet the necessary legal conditions, you have the right to the same pension as an Armenian national gets.


There are also numbers to reach specific types of assistance directly, but the operators may not speak English.  These are: English and Russian are taught in all public schools, while some also offer German, French, and Chinese.

Visas and residency

Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit cannot be paid if you are abroad for more than 4 weeks. Temporary and permanent residency can be applied for in Armenia if staying longer than 180 days per year. You may be able to vote in some UK elections. You can:

Passports and travel

If you are planning to move to Armenia to study, you may need a visa. For obtaining temporary and permanent residency in Armenia, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia. See buying a property abroad. You should seek professional legal advice on payment of tax in Armenia.

Healthcare in Armenia


Support for British Nationals Abroad: A Guide sets out how British nationals can stay safe abroad and how the FCDO can help if you do get into difficulty. Check which UK benefits you can claim while abroad and how to claim them. Always carry your prescription medication in the original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Check with the Armenia Ministry of Health if you want to know if your prescription medicine can be brought to Armenia, or you need to find out if a certain medication is available in Armenia. You are allowed to own property in Armenia. Read more information about visa requirements in Armenia visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.

  • find your nearest polyclinic
  • go to the clinic with your passport
  • sign a contract with the polyclinic


Armenia does not require that your pet to be identified microchipped.

Working in Armenia

Read State Pension guidance if you have lived in Australia, Canada or New Zealand and you are claiming or waiting to claim your UK State Pension. If you are planning to move to Armenia and work, you may need a visa. For obtaining temporary and permanent residency in Armenia, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.

  • highly skilled foreign specialist
  • business owners
  • executives
  • specialists in certain areas required for training or installation of machinery
  • highly qualified specialists in a government-mandated sector
  • university lecturers
  • accredited foreign media representatives
  • refugees
  • students in an exchange program

If your child is born in Armenia you should register the birth with the local authorities. If you wish to do so, you can then register with the UK authorities and apply for a UK birth certificate. When applying for a work permit the Ministry must check that there are no qualified local Armenian workers available to fill the position. If there are locals, MLSA will refer them to the employer for an interview. If no candidates are referred or the employer has valid reasons for rejecting the candidate, the Ministry will issue your work permit. When opening up a bank account you will need:

Studying in Armenia

Cats should also be vaccinated against panleukemia, viral rhinothracheitis, calicivirus, and leukaemia. Most people choose to either register at a local polyclinic or with private clinics for primary care. Read the guidance on returning to the UK permanently which includes information on bringing family members, tax and access to services. Kindergartens and general secondary education in state educational institutions are free of charge for citizens, dual citizens, residents, and foreign nationals living in Armenia. Teaching is conducted in Armenian. Ambulance services are widely available, but training and availability of emergency responders may be below UK standards.


Health facilities are available in Yerevan and other major cities, but may be below UK standards. Please note that medical staff may speak little or no English. Read guidance on:


You can apply for or renew/replace your passport on GOV.UK. For more information visit the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia.


Find out how you can get married or get a civil partnership abroad. British nationals do not require an entry visa to Armenia. They must have a valid passport. British Citizens can stay in Armenia without a visa up to 180 days per year. There are also many private kindergartens, schools, and universities. Tuition fees vary.

Banking and finance

If you retire in Armenia, you can claim your UK State Pension. Contact the International Pension Centre for further information.

  • your passport
  • registered address

To register:

Moving your financial assets

You may bring pets into Armenia as long as they have a CITES permit, issued in the country of origin. Your cat and dog must be vaccinated for rabies between 20 days and 6 months prior to entering Armenia.

Accommodation and buying property

State colleges and universities offer discounted or free places for students who score high marks on entrance exams. Once the work permit is issued (typically within 14 days), you must apply for a temporary residence permit at the Passport and Visa Department of the Yerevan Police (OVIR). The application must be accompanied by supporting documentation, including medical test results. The temporary residence card is issued within approximately 30 to 45 days of the application date.

Driving in Armenia and public transportation

Driving with an International Licence

This information is provided as a guide only. You should get definitive information from the Armenian authorities. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is not liable for any inaccuracies in this information.


Please also see information on taking pets overseas from the UK, or returning with pets to the UK from overseas.

Births, deaths, and marriage


You can bring up to ,000 in cash into Armenia. You must declare cash of ,000 or more (or the equivalent in other currency). Cash includes travellers’ cheques. If your pet does not have a registered microchip, make sure it wears tags that identify them and has contact information for you.


For more information, please visit the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia.


Passengers planning to travel to Armenia are no longer required to present a COVID-19 PCR test or a Certificate of complete vaccination against COVID-19.


The emergency number in Armenia is 911. Operators speak English. Find comprehensive information about banks and the country’s financial system. You can also read information from the Central Bank. If you are interested in working in Armenia, you may need to obtain a work permit. Your employer has to apply for a work permit on your behalf with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MLSA). The following are exempt from work permit requirements: If a British citizen dies in Armenia, read our guidance on: If your child has British nationality, you do not need to register the birth with the UK authorities to apply for a British passport. For more information visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia. Read general guidance on moving or retiring abroad.


To stay up to date:

A rabies titer test is not required.

  • 101 for fire
  • 102 for the police
  • 103 for ambulance service
  • 104 for gas leaks

Your British passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your intended stay in Armenia. You do not need an additional period of validity beyond this.

Returning to the UK

Dogs should also be vaccinated against distemper, hepatitis, viral enteritis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, adenovirus infections and leptospirosis.


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