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:Nice clean and modern office.  Inexpensive.
 
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==Veterinarians/Pet service==
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==Cable TV==
 
==Cable TV==
 
To get wireless cable tv, there is only one option really.  www.supersystem.am  The box costs $200 and monthly service is $20/month.  The range of channels is pretty good in English - with multiple news, sports, educational, cartoon, music channels.  Movies and comedy are quite weak however.  Your only other option is sattelite.
 
To get wireless cable tv, there is only one option really.  www.supersystem.am  The box costs $200 and monthly service is $20/month.  The range of channels is pretty good in English - with multiple news, sports, educational, cartoon, music channels.  Movies and comedy are quite weak however.  Your only other option is sattelite.
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==DVD rental==
 
==DVD rental==
 
It seems everyones favorite is the unmarked basement shop on Issahakian Street, between the Cascades and Baghramian.  Amazing selection, 400 dram a night, no deposit.  The covers are usually in Russian however, even though the movies have Russian and English soundtracks usually.
 
It seems everyones favorite is the unmarked basement shop on Issahakian Street, between the Cascades and Baghramian.  Amazing selection, 400 dram a night, no deposit.  The covers are usually in Russian however, even though the movies have Russian and English soundtracks usually.
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==Broadband Internet==
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Broadband Internet depends on what building you live in. It is best to ask your neighbors and/or businesses in your building. Some of the companies are:
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Bionet.am
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:Phone:
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:http://www.bionet.am
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Hometel
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:Phone:
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:http://www.hometel.am
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==WiFi==
 
==WiFi==
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:http://ww.spyur.am/moscow.htm
 
:http://ww.spyur.am/moscow.htm
  
==Beauty Salons,Spas and Massage Studios==
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==Beauty Salons, Spas and Massage Studios==
  
 
LILA Spa and Beauty Salon
 
LILA Spa and Beauty Salon
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:http://www.melissa.am
 
:http://www.melissa.am
  
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Anahit Deluxe
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:Address: 27 Mashtots
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:Phone: 53.29.93
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Emily Beauty Salon
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Armine speaks English
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:Address: 2 Bagramian
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:Phone:
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Haikaz Salon
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English speaking stylists available.
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:Address: 50 Bagramian
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:Phone: 22.80.51
  
 
CERAGEM Massage Studio  
 
CERAGEM Massage Studio  
  
 
:Address: Deghatan St. 15, 1st Floor  
 
:Address: Deghatan St. 15, 1st Floor  
:Phone:54.79.75  
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:Phone: 54.79.75  
 
:http://www.spyur.am/ceragem.htm
 
:http://www.spyur.am/ceragem.htm
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Shoonch
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Massage and facials
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:Address: 28 Amiryan Street
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:Phone: 53.99.64
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:http://www.shoonch.com/content/blogcategory/16/44/lang,en/
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==Tailors==
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Akapella
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:Address: 59 Komitas St.
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:Phone: 23.80.81
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Elmira
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:Address: Azatutyan Ave.
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:Phone: 23-27-51
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==Sport Clubs and Pools==
 
==Sport Clubs and Pools==
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Good place near Hrazdan Stadium
 
Good place near Hrazdan Stadium
:Address: Tsitsernakaberd Highway 7/1  
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:Address: Tsitsernakaberd Highway 7/1 or 82 Kilikia District
 
:Phone:  56.56.65
 
:Phone:  56.56.65
 
:http://www.masterclass.am
 
:http://www.masterclass.am
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Ararat Tennis Courts
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:Address: 2 Alek Manukyan
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:Phone:  52.06.48
  
 
HAYASA Marzatun
 
HAYASA Marzatun
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:Address: Hr. Kochar St. 2a
 
:Address: Hr. Kochar St. 2a
 
:Phone: 26.92.92
 
:Phone: 26.92.92
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:Phone: 26.75.93
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Red Cross
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Pool and small weight room.
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:Address:
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:Phone: 35.35.02
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Neptune
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Pool and large gym.
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:Address:
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:Phone:
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==Getting Packages==
 
==Getting Packages==

Revision as of 15:28, 31 March 2008

Living in Armenia? Here are some things that may come in handy to know. Mostly services/contacts which you might want to know about.

International Phone Calls

Aurora.am calling cards, which were available everywhere and had affordable rates, are not usable anymore. Starting from April 1, 2006 Armentel provides VOIP services. To use the service it is necessary to get VOIP cards. Prices are reasonable.

Medical Centres

Nairi Medical Center

address: Yerevan, Paronyan St. 21
phone: 53.75.00 reception room
http://www.nairimed.am


Shengavit Medical Center

address: Yerevan, Manandyan St. 9
Phone: 44.05.30 reception room
http://www.spyur.am/mcshen.htm

Dentists

Dentistry is very cheap compared to the west. If you find a good dentist, you can have work done in Armenia for a fraction of the cost. Finding one with a nice, clean office and good reputation is the key though.

Levon near Garegin Njhdeh Metro.
44-??-??
Nice clean and modern office. Inexpensive.

Veterinarians/Pet service

Cable TV

To get wireless cable tv, there is only one option really. www.supersystem.am The box costs $200 and monthly service is $20/month. The range of channels is pretty good in English - with multiple news, sports, educational, cartoon, music channels. Movies and comedy are quite weak however. Your only other option is sattelite.


DVD rental

It seems everyones favorite is the unmarked basement shop on Issahakian Street, between the Cascades and Baghramian. Amazing selection, 400 dram a night, no deposit. The covers are usually in Russian however, even though the movies have Russian and English soundtracks usually.

Broadband Internet

Broadband Internet depends on what building you live in. It is best to ask your neighbors and/or businesses in your building. Some of the companies are:

Bionet.am

address:
Phone:
http://www.bionet.am

Hometel

address:
Phone:
http://www.hometel.am


WiFi

Cinemas

Nairi Cinema Entertainment center. Nice place to be in Yerevan. On the way from Opera House to Matenadaran

Address: Mashtotsi Ave. 50
Phone: 56.61.80 booking office
http://www.spyur.am/nairicinema.htm

Moscow Cinema The most famous cinema in Yerevan. Has modern Dolby Digital system halls. Moscow Entertainment center is situated on Aznaur Square, next to Golden Tulip Hotel.

Address: Abovyan St. 18
Phone: 52.12.40
http://ww.spyur.am/moscow.htm

Beauty Salons, Spas and Massage Studios

LILA Spa and Beauty Salon

Modern and nice place

Address: Pushkini St. 40
Phone: 53.94.91
http://www.lilaspa.com

RENOIR Salon-Boutique

Elite beauty salon. Perfumes boutique

Address: Abovyan St. 23-4
Phone: 58.07.37
http://www.renoir.am

MELISSA Image Center

Excellent choice beauty center

Address: Teryan St. 3a
Phone: 53.47.53
http://www.melissa.am

Anahit Deluxe

Address: 27 Mashtots
Phone: 53.29.93

Emily Beauty Salon

Armine speaks English

Address: 2 Bagramian
Phone:

Haikaz Salon

English speaking stylists available.

Address: 50 Bagramian
Phone: 22.80.51

CERAGEM Massage Studio

Address: Deghatan St. 15, 1st Floor
Phone: 54.79.75
http://www.spyur.am/ceragem.htm

Shoonch

Massage and facials

Address: 28 Amiryan Street
Phone: 53.99.64
http://www.shoonch.com/content/blogcategory/16/44/lang,en/

Tailors

Akapella

Address: 59 Komitas St.
Phone: 23.80.81

Elmira

Address: Azatutyan Ave.
Phone: 23-27-51


Sport Clubs and Pools

MASTER CLASS Tennis and Fitness Club

Good place near Hrazdan Stadium

Address: Tsitsernakaberd Highway 7/1 or 82 Kilikia District
Phone: 56.56.65
http://www.masterclass.am

Ararat Tennis Courts

Address: 2 Alek Manukyan
Phone: 52.06.48

HAYASA Marzatun

Fitness and bodybuilding club.

Address: Pushkini St. 25
Phone: 53.82.07

SPORT CLUB AT HAYASTAN TRADE CENTER

Swimming pool, fitness center and bodybuilding club.

Address: Hr. Kochar St. 2a
Phone: 26.92.92
Phone: 26.75.93

Red Cross

Pool and small weight room.

Address:
Phone: 35.35.02

Neptune

Pool and large gym.

Address:
Phone:


Getting Packages

If you get a package, especially one insured for $300 or more, it is likely to be stopped by customs and they may try to extract a bribe from you. Two people have reported this - and the bribe was more than any possible legal tax might have been in one case. You really shouldn't have to pay any tax according to the 2005 laws I have read, summarized by the US Embassy below. Show them you know the law, that you have info from the US Embassy, and that you're not going to pay a bribe.

Customs Tariffs
Armenia has one of the world's most open tariff regimes. Armenia imposes import tariffs on goods classified pursuant to the international Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS). Tariffs are 0 or 10 percent in ad valorem terms and levied on C.I.F. values. The ten percent tariff is mainly levied on consumer goods and luxury items. There are no duties on temporary imports, or imports made on credits to the government or pursuant to other international assistance. Armenia has no export tax.
Armenian and foreign citizens can import duty free articles valued up to $300, with some exceptions. Persons arriving in Armenia for permanent residence can import their personal belongings duty free. There is no limit on hard currency imports to Armenia.
Customs authorities calculate and collect Value Added Tax (VAT) (20%) at the point of entry. In addition, there are excise taxes on alcohol, tobacco and oil.
Customs Valuation
Customs valuation provisions of the Armenian Customs Code are in full conformity with the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement, whereby Customs valuation of imported goods is based upon the transaction value of those goods. The only document required by the Armenian Customs Code to establish the transaction value of imported goods is a commercial invoice. Pursuant to the Customs Code, Armenian Customs can request specified additional documentation to confirm the transaction value only in certain, specified circumstances. If the transaction value of imported goods cannot be established, alternate methods of valuation are set out in the Customs Code according to the provisions of the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement.
Temporary Entry
No customs tariffs are levied on goods imported temporarily under customs control and under an appropriate customs regime. Foreigners who temporarily enter Armenia can bring one vehicle with its trailer duty free on the condition that it must be taken with them when they leave. If the foreigner does not re-export the car, all proper duties must be paid.
Export Documentation
The Customs Department requires all exporters to present a valid contract, an origin certificate for certain cases, an export license for certain items and a certificate of conformity for all ferrous and non-ferrous metals. A certificate of origin is needed to export products to the countries of Commonwealth of Independent States. An export license is required for the following items: (a) pharmaceutical products and raw materials for pharmaceutical products; (b) textiles and clothing exported to EU countries; (c) objects of art considered part of the national heritage; and (d) rare plants and animals. A certificate of conformity, to be obtained from the Department for Standardization, Certification, and Metrology of Armenia (SARM), is required for the exports of metals because the government sets a list of minimum prices quarterly to prevent exports at an artificially low cost.