Turkmenistan is considered one of the most closed countries in the world, although only 30 years ago it was part of the USSR. Getting a Turkmen visa is a real roulette, it does not matter how many countries you have traveled to before, and how much money on your card, everything is decided by fate.
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Turkmenistan has the most strict visa policy in Central Asia
Almost all foreign citizens should have a Turkmen visa to enter the country and therefore Turkmenistan is not well-known as a travel destination.
Like North Korea, the country’s political system is a reason to visit all on its own. To get a visa you need LOI (Letter of Invitation) which only registered agents in Turkmenistan can apply for on your behalf. Once you have a Letter of Invitation you can apply for a Turkmenistan Visa, either at the local embassy or through a visa company.
There are two types of visas that tourists can use. The first is a tourist visa, and the second options a transit visa. Tourist visas can only be obtained together with ordering a tour.