Anthony Bourdain is known for his hold-nothing-back approach to life and for visiting locations that are dangerous and often largely untrodden by Americans (hence the name of his CNN show, Parts Unknown). But now, the border-hopping chef, while out filming, may have stirred up a little controversy: He’s reportedly been banned from visiting the nation of Azerbaijan.
After traveling to Armenia last week, reportedly to film an episode of Parts Unknown, Bourdain visited Nagorno-Karabakh, a region that has long been under territorial dispute between Azerbaijan and an ethnically Armenian majority backed by the Armenian government. The Azerbaijani government explicitly forbids those seeking a visa to the country from visiting the region without permission from the foreign ministry. On the website for the Azerbaijani embassy in Washington, D.C., a section on visa regulations reads, “Without the explicit consent of and a visa issued by the authorities of the Republic …
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