Azerbaijan recently became a no-fly zone for moon-walking American astronaut Charles Duke and Swiss astronaut Claude Nicollier after they had the indiscretion to set foot in separatist Nagorno Karabakh without permission from Baku.
Last week, The New York Times' travel section offered a tip to other explorers about how to visit Karabakh and still be able to hop over to Azerbaijani-controlled territory later -- namely, just “ask for the visa to be put on a separate piece of paper that can be removed from your passport.”
The trick is hardly a secret. And one that prudent visitors quickly learn, with or without a how-to in the American "newspaper of record."
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