A couple of months back, when your correspondent visited Azerbaijan on assignment for Monocle, entry procedures at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev airport were somewhat bizarre.

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A couple of months back, when your correspondent visited Azerbaijan on assignment for Monocle, entry procedures at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev airport were somewhat bizarre. Visitors queued at a booth to get their passports stamped by border control, then queued at a desk to apply for a visa, then stood around a bit waiting for their visa, and finally queued again at the first booth to present their visa.

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