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LAW OF THE AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC

of June 4, 1999 No. 674-IQ

About tourism

(as amended on 23-04-2021)

This Law determines the principles of the state policy directed to establishment of the legal basis of the market of tourism in the Azerbaijan Republic bases of tourist activities and governs the relations arising in the field of tourism, determines procedure for effective use of reserves of tourism as one of the means providing social and economic development.

Article 1. Basic concepts

The concepts used in this Law express the following value:

tourism - temporary departure (travel) of citizens of the Azerbaijan Republic, foreigners and stateless persons from the permanent residence for the purpose of rest, improvement, acquaintance, in the cognitive purposes (enrichments by historical and cultural values, etc.), in business professional (except for execution of job responsibilities), in the sports and religious purposes provided that in the country (place) of temporary stay they will not be engaged in paid activities;

the tourist - person, temporarily, for the period from 24 o'clock and up to 12 months, being for the purpose of rest, improvement, acquaintance, in the cognitive purposes (enrichments by historical and cultural values, etc.), business professional (except for execution of job responsibilities), in the sports and religious purposes in the country (place) where it left provided that will not be engaged in paid activities;

tour - sale form in the form of vouchers of products of the tourism consisting of individual and party travels for specific term and along specific route;

the tour - the form of the strict reporting, the document confirming fee, provided by the program;

the tourist voucher - the document which is basis for rendering services to foreign tourists and conducting mutual payments with firm, determining the tourist's rights to the services included in structure of tour, and the confirming fact of services which will be rendered;

tour operator - the tourist organization which is engaged in completing of rounds, forming, actuating and sale of tourist products;

travel agent - the physical person or legal entity which is engaged in intermediary sales activity of tours by tour operators, actuating and sale of tourist products;

tour agency - the intermediary organization which is engaged in sale of tourist and excursion permits, and also rendering other services in the organization of tourist and excursion activities (information, advertizing, marketing, etc.);

tourist products - range of services, rendered to tourists (range of services on placement, transportation, food, excursion, and also gidovy (guide-interpreter) and other services rendered depending on purposes of visit);

tourist activities - activities of tour operator and travel agent, and also other activities for the organization of travel;

excursion activities - the activities of tour operator for forming, actuating and sale of tourist products which are not exceeding 24 hours and not providing service in accommodation (spending the night) of tourists;

internal tourism - travel of the citizens and persons without citizenship living in the Azerbaijan Republic within the Azerbaijan Republic;

foreign tourism - travel of the citizens and persons without citizenship living in the Azerbaijan Republic to other country;

entrance tourism - travel of the citizens and persons without citizenship who are not living in the Azerbaijan Republic within the Azerbaijan Republic;

social tourism - the travel supported on the funds allocated by the state for social needs;

amateur tourism - the travel organized by tourists independently with use of active methods of movement;

tourism reserves - natural, cultural, historical, improving objects of the country (place) where the trip is made, and set of other objects able to provide demand and needs of tourists separately or in complex, to help recovery and development of their physical and moral forces;

tourism infrastructure - complex system of production organization of tourist products or set of hotels and other subjects to placement movement, vehicles, public catering, entertaining objects and means, subjects to acquaintance, cognitive, business professional, improving, sports and the subjects to other appointment, specialized enterprises and the organizations performing activities of tour operator and travel agent, and also the organizations rendering excursion and gidovy (guide-interpreter) services;

actuating of tourist products - complex of the actions (advertizing, specialized exhibitions, participation in fairs, the organization of tourist information centers selling tourist products, the edition of catalogs, booklets, etc.) directed to sale of tourist products;

tourist and recreational areas - the territories having the profitable tourist potential and the corresponding tourist infrastructure, allocated for the purpose of the organization and the tourism developments used for the purposes of conservation, protection of national and cultural heritage, educational, scientific and other purposes taking into account requirements of the legislation on which the components of the nature and culture having especially ecological, recreational, historical, cultural value are placed.

Article 2. Legislation on tourism

The legislation on tourism is based on the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic and consists of this Law, other regulatory legal acts of the Azerbaijan Republic and international treaties supported by it.

Article 3. State regulation of tourist activities

1. The state in the field of tourism:

1.1. Gives help to tourist activities and creates favorable conditions for its development;

1.2. Determines the priority directions of tourist activities and gives help to its implementation;

1.3. Creates idea of the Azerbaijan Republic as to the country, significant for tourism.

2. Main objectives of settlement of tourist activities:

2.1. Provide freedom of their rest, movement and other rights during the travel of tourists;

2.2. Protect the environment (nature);

2.3. During the travel of tourists to develop the tourism infrastructure providing their requirements, to create new workplaces, to increase the income of the state and its citizens;

2.4. Develop international backgrounds, protect and keep viewing objects of tourism, to effectively use natural, historical and cultural heritage.

3. Methods of state regulation of tourist activities:

3.1. Adoption of the regulatory legal acts directed to enhancement of the relations in the field of tourism infrastructure;

3.2. Assistance to actuating of tourist products in the internal and world tourist markets;

3.3. Protection of the rights and interests of tourists, ensuring their safety;

3.4. Issue of special permission in the field of tourism infrastructure, standardization and the organization of certification of tourist products;

3.5. Development of target state programs on tourism development;

3.6. Investment of investments into tourism infrastructure, including creating favorable conditions for involvement of foreign investors;

3.7. Assistance in providing area of tourist activities with personnel;

3.8. Development of scientific research in the field of tourism infrastructure;

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