Welcome to Armenia

Useful Information

Armenia is 4 hours ahead of GMT (GMT + 4)
The DST starts on Sunday, March 27, 2011, 02:00 local standard time
The DST ends on Sunday, October 30, 2011, 03:00 local daylight saving time


The current is 220 volts.

The official currency is the dram (AMD). There are notes of 1000, 5000, 10 000, 20 000 and 50 000, 100 000 drams, and parts 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 drams.
The cash payment is the most widely used, but in the major shops you can pay by credit card as well.
You can find ATMs in almost all the central streets of Yerevan. Travelers checks will not be of any use.
You can also change money on the spot, in banks which are open from 9:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and in the numerous exchange offices which are open from 9:00 till 18:00. Many exchange offices are open 24 / 7.
For more information on the exchange rate follow the link: http://www.cba.am

Tipping is customary for the services rendered by drivers, guides, porters and waiters. It constitutes 5 to 10% of the total price of the services provided.

To call
- From abroad to Armenia: 00 (for international) + 374 (area code for Armenia) + area code + number to 6 digits
- On a fixed telephone in Yerevan: 010 + number of the 6-digit
- On a mobile: the prefix of the mobile phone + number to 6 digits
* Prefixes of three mobile operators are:


  091 099 096

   093 094 098 077

055 095 


The official language spoken by the entire population is Armenian, including minorities. The fact that it has its own alphabet (39 letters) makes it rather tight to travelers but it is always, useful and welcome, to learn a few words.
Note the differences between Western Armenian and Eastern Armenian. Russian and English languages are also practiced.

Hello: Barev (dzez)
Good evening: Bari yereko
Goodbye: Tstessoutioun
Thank you: Merci; shnorhakalutyun
Please: Khntrem
Yes: Ayo
No: Votch
I do not understand: Tchem haskanum
Do you speak English? Khosoum eq angleren?
Do you speak French? Khosoum eq franseren ?

Avoid outfits too bare and crossing your legs when you sit in church.
Do not turn your back on the altar.

No compulsory vaccination. Avoid drinking tap water. Importation of controlled drugs. Prescription for people undergoing medical treatment and carrying their medications.
Here are the recommended vaccinations against:
- Tetanus, polio, typhoid, diphtheria
- Hepatitis A and B
Medical Officer of the Embassy of France in Armenia Mr. Ara Babloyan (French)
Arabkir Medical Center - TИl: 236883
30, rue Mamikonyants

inquiry service: +374-10-236883-1111
children's air ambulance service: +374-10-235943-1113
Medical Director: +374-10-238477-1188
Hospital Emergency Medical Science
10, rue Gurgian, Yerevan - TИl: 633421
+374-10- 633 421
Nairi Medical Center
21, rue Paronyan, Yerevan
reception room: +374-10-537500









"The guide Evasion Armenia" (Hachette) 

"The Smart Little Armenia" "Armenia" (The Geographical Society)

"The Armenian Pocket - A guide to conversation" (author Robert Avak, adapted by Jean Rousan Guréghian and Gureghian)