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The Nagorno-Karabakh territory being an area of political dispute between Azerbajian and Armenia, we have two separate entries.
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Nagorno-Karabakh (Dagliq Qarabag in Azeri, Լեռնային Ղարաբաղ - Lernayin Gharabagh or Արցախ - Artsakh in Armenian, is an independent country.

The region is by 90% ethnic Armenian, and today is under Armenian control of local Armenian government, who declared independence from Azerbaijan on December, 1991 and founded the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR). . In 1994 a cease-fire was signed between Armenians and Azeris, which ended the military phase of the conflict started in 1988. Since the cease fire, it is possible to travel here but NK is still far from being a normal tourist destination. Administrative center is Stepanakert (Khankandi).

It is possible to travel the region but you must obtain a "visa" at its "embassy" (he NK representative office) in Yerevan. The office issues visas into passports.
After arriving in occupied Khankandi you must register at the Occupational Force Police and you'll get a registration, a piece of paper with a list of towns you are allowed to travel to. Armenian authorities treat you like you haven't left Armenia, so you can return to Armenia without a need to obtain another visa.
Azerbaijani authorities refuse entry into their country to anyone with evidence being in Nagorno-Karabakh because they consider the region beinig under Armenian invasion.

Although the above is correct from an official point of view, you can do without all the paperwork and just go to NK from Yerevan. There will be police officers enquiring about the lack of visas in your passport, but they are mostly content with a small tip and in most cases they will be very proud that there is *tourist* coming to their country.

They don't get to see many of that.
Tours to Stepanakert were advertised in Yerevan in 2004 like they are to any other destination in Armenia and most people will tell you there is no real danger to go.

I have to admit that I (richardosinga) didn't go, though, and the above is based on reports from other travelers ...

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: AZERBAIJAN

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April 11, 2006 change by reen

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