Citizens of both countries will only need to carry special ID cards for up to 90 days of travel.
Citizens of Turkey and Azerbaijan are allowed passport-free travel between the two countries with a new identity card for up to 90 days.
Announcing the new rules on Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a tweet on Thursday: “As of today, traveling with Azerbaijan is now possible only with an identity card. All obstacles are removed, our brotherhood is getting stronger.”
He used the hashtag "one nation, two states," describing the deep-rooted ties between the two friendly countries.
With the new legislation, Turkish and Azerbaijani nationals will be able to travel without a passport using a new type of ID card installed with a chip.
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Press Release Regarding the Entry into Force on April 1, 2021 of the Protocol Regarding Travel with Identity Cards between the Citizens of the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Azerbaijan https://t.co/19UiXr0SSh pic.twitter.com/WnAWLWad7H— Turkish MFA (@MFATurkey) March 29, 2021
'One nation, two states'
A bilingual "entry-exit form" will be given to Azerbaijani citizens on their arrival to Turkey, and to Turkish citizens while departing from Turkey.
Citizens of both countries will need to show this document to the officers at border crossings along with the ID card.
However, the use of passports will still be mandatory for those entering Azerbaijan and Turkey from third countries.
If Azerbaijani citizens want to apply for residence permit after the 90-day period expires, they will have to use their passports.
In accordance with the coronavirus measures, Covid-19 test results are required at the border gates.
#Turkey now has passport free travel with all @GUAMSecretariat countries including #Azerbaijan #Moldova #Ukraine and #Georgia. Good for regional integration.— Efgan Nifti (@enifti) April 1, 2021