Tips on Living in Armenia
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
Armentel provides VOIP services. To use the service it is necessary to get VOIP cards. Prices are reasonable.
If you have a Vivacell mobile phone, call abroad by dialing 7700 before the international code and phone number you would normally dial. Te price to call the US is extremely cheap, something like 15 drams a minute. Other places (like Europe) are more expensive than that, but the using the code should bring the price down a lot.
Nairi Medical Center
- address: Yerevan, Paronyan St. 21
- phone: 53.75.00 reception room
Shengavit Medical Center
- address: Yerevan, Manandyan St. 9
- Phone: 44.05.30 reception room
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.
- Gagik Pahlavyan (Ultradent)
- Nice clean and modern office on Amiryan. Good cleanings. $50 or $60 I think.
- Levon Sirunyan near Garegin Njhdeh Metro.
- Nice clean and modern office. Inexpensive.
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.
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 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:
- Square One has wireless Internet (1,000 dram per hour).
- Congress Hotel has free wireless Internet.
- ArmeniaInformation tourist information office has wifi at 3 Nalbandyan.
- Triumph Cafe next to Poplavok has WiFi. But the waiters are rude.
- Jean Jacques has wireless Internet. But it is really smokey.
- Zodiac Cafe has wireless internet (1,000 dram per hour).
- Yum Yum Donuts near Northern Avenue has free wireless internet.
On the way from Opera House to Matenadaran, projection room can be rented to watch DVDs on a big screen.
- Address: Mashtotsi Ave. 50
- Phone: 56.61.80 booking office
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. Movies in Russian, sometimes Armenian.
- Address: Abovyan St. 18
- Phone: 52.12.40
Beauty Salons, Spas and Massage Studios
LILA Spa and Beauty Salon Modern and nice place
- Address: Pushkini St. 40
- Phone: 53.94.91
Elite beauty salon. Perfumes boutique
- Address: Abovyan St. 23-4
- Phone: 58.07.37
MELISSA Image Center
Excellent choice beauty center
- Address: Teryan St. 3a
- Phone: 53.47.53
- Address: 27 Mashtots
- Phone: 53.29.93
Emily Beauty Salon
Armine speaks English
- Address: 2 Bagramian
English speaking stylists available.
- Address: 50 Bagramian
- Phone: 22.80.51
CERAGEM Massage Studio
- Address: Deghatan St. 15, 1st Floor
- Phone: 54.79.75
Massage and facials
- Address: 28 Amiryan Street
- Phone: 53.99.64
- Address: 59 Komitas St.
- Phone: 23.80.81
- 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
Ararat Tennis Courts
- Address: 2 Alek Manukyan
- Phone: 52.06.48
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
Pool and small weight room.
- Phone: 35.35.02
Pool and large gym.
Karen has proven very reliable as a mover. His rates are reasonable - though he usually prefers you determine the rate which can be annoying. He has a decent sized van, with carpeted interior to protect whatever he's transporting (furniture usually). He has a couple of workers (he just drives) who you also pay separately, in uniformed jumpers even. His number is 091-43-9297
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.