Turkmenistan visa

Turkmenistan Visa information

Turkmenistan is Open and Welcoming tourists again!

Starting from March 1, 2023, tourists have been permitted to enter the country for tourism purposes with a valid tourist visa and a negative mandatory PCR test performed at the arrival.

Turkmenistan has the most strict visa policy in Central Asia

Almost all foreign citizens must have a Turkmen visa to enter the country and therefore Turkmenistan is not well-known as a travel destination.

There are two types of visas that tourists can use. The first is a tourist visa and the second option is a transit visa. Tourist visas can only be obtained together with purchasing a tour. If you purchase a Turkmenistan tour through us, the visa procedure will be included in the tour price unless otherwise stated in the tour program. 

Covid-19: Rules to apply for a visa to Turkmenistan

An express PCR test for COVID-19 will be taken upon arrival. The Covid pcr test costs 42 USD and it takes about 10-15 minutes to get the results.

How to get Turkmenistan Visa?

In order to obtain a Turkmen visa, it is necessary to obtain a Letter of Invitation (LOI) beforehand. The LOI can only be obtained through registered travel agents in Turkmenistan (through our partners). If the State Migration Service issues the LOI for a tour through us, it will be sent to you via email. Once you have the LOI, you can obtain your Turkmen visa upon arrival in Turkmenistan, whether it’s at Ashgabat International Airport or at various land borders such as Hojeyli, Dashoguz, Farap, Howdan, or other.

Turkmenistan Letter of invitation requirements

The processing time for the LOI is approximately two weeks. To obtain the LOI, you are required to provide the following:

  • A color copy of your passport (including the main page with your photo)
  • A passport-size photo (digital) with a white background
  • A completed application form (We will provide it for you to be filled for the LOI process)
  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate demonstrating that you have received at least two doses of the vaccine
  • Authorities may request extra documents if necessary
If you have booked one of our Turkmenistan Tours or Central Asia Tours, we will handle the Letter of invitation process for you. It is significantly harder to obtain a letter of invitation without not having booked a Turkmenistan tour.

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Page updated 16.1.2024

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