SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

VISA

You can get a visa upon arrival in Yerevan, at the airport. In general the procedure lasts 20-25 minutes. If you intend on doing this you must check with your nearest embassy or consulate whether this applies to your nationality. Visa can also be obtained on the Internet at http://www.armeniaforeignministry.com/eVisa/

BORDER TAXES

There is a departure tax of US$20 when flying out of Yerevan.

VOLTAGE

The electricity in Armenia is 220 volt, 50 Hz. Electric outlets in Armenia use European plugs with 2 round pins.

LOCAL CURRENCY, CHANGING MONEY, CREDIT CARDS & ATMS

The unit of currency is the Armenian dram (AMD). One dram = 100 luma. There are banknotes of 500, 1000, 5000, 20000, 50000 Dram denomination. There are also coins of 10, 50, 100, 200, 500 Dram denomination.

The banks in Yerevan are open from 10 am to 4 pm on week-days and from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturdays. No lunch breaks! The ATMs can be found on all the major streets but few of them work with a UK HSBC card. Traveller's cheques can be exchanged most easily at HSBC banks in Yerevan.

For the exchange rates: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

LOCAL FOOD & DRINK

Food

The traditional Armenian cuisine has a large variety of richly flavored dishes. Fresh vegetable and meat is considered to be the most favorite food in Armenia. No Armenian celebratory table can be imagined without the most favorite barbecue, kyufta, dolma or ghapama. There is also a traditional dish called khash, which foresees a great ritual, starting from its preparatory process till the last moment at the table. The numerous restaurants in Yerevan offer authentic local food. There are also many restaurants serving the dishes of different world-known cuisines.

Drinks

Tea and coffee are most popular drinks in Armenia. Name an herb, and it is available in tea form in Armenia, though restaurants usually serve Indian or Georgian tea. Also like Turkish coffee, Armenian coffee is a demitasse of thick brew boiled and served with powdered grounds in individual copper or brass pots.

Armenians drink copious amounts of alcohol, as much as in other CIS countries but it is considered a disgrace to show the affect of alcohol. Their ability to drink so much and not get drunk is mostly likely because they never drink without eating, and have strict rules for drinking in public. One of the rules is that each dinner table has its tamada (tah-mah-DAH, head of table), who is responsible for making toasts (no one drinks without a toast), and keeping his eye on the alcohol-challenged at the table.

You should try the local beers like Kotaik and Kilikia, which are dark lagers, wine and of course Armenian cognac which won its first Grand-Prix gold medal in France in 1904, which has been followed by 51 gold, 21 silver and 3 bronze medals over the years.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Vegetarians

If you let us know in advance your guide will do his best to give you more options.

Food Allergies

If you have food allergies or preferences, please let us know in advance to do our best during the tour for you.

CLOTHING

Dress conservatively when visiting churches. Shorts are not recommended. For women, head covering and dress or skirts are usually required; in some places, these are provided. Your guide will inform you in advance.

USEFUL PHRASES

 Greetings & Civilities     Numbers
Just string the words for a bigger number.
122 = haryur k'san yerku
 
     Small Talk 
hello (informal)
hello (formal)
what's up?
how are you? (informal)
how are you? (formal)
very well
not bad
 
 barev
barev dzez
inch ka chika?
vonts es?
vonts ek?
shat lav
vochinch
 
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
1000
  mek
yerku
yerek
chors
hing
vets
yot
ut
in'
tas
k'san
yeresun
karasun
hisun
vatsun
yotanasun
utanasun
inisun
haryur
hazar
 

 what is your name?
my name is ...
where are you from?
do you speak ...?

yes
no
no problem

i am sick

 

anun't inch e?
anun's ... e
vorteghits es?
khosum es ...?

ayo / ha
che / voch
problem chika

hivand em
 

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+90 212 259 10 40
tours@bitinya.com

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