Turkmenistan is one of the most closed countries in the world
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Turkmenistan has one of the most strict visa policies among Central Asian countries.
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 other is a transit visa.