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    • JustinC's Profile Photo

      Best VPN app to get Facebook in Turkmesnistan

      Turkmenistan Aug 9, 2016 at 11:27 AM

      Hi Guys, whats the best VPN app to get Facebook in Turkmenistan? An app called Betternet worked on my i-phone in China. Will it work in Ashgabat too? Justin

      4 Answers Dec 28, 2016 at 4:20 AM
    • Visa passports for nationals

      Turkmenistan Nov 21, 2015 at 6:39 AM

      Turkmen national wanting to visit the UK and does not have a passport or visa yet!!!!
      How do they go about requiring the right document??
      Is it all done through a travel agency??
      Can the flights tickets be bought by someone else in another country and the tickets would be waiting at the airport check in desk or email tickets that need printing off??
      Or does everything need to be paid for in Turkmenistan and all the three documents via the travel agent??

      4 Answers Nov 21, 2015 at 10:23 AM
    • Ashgabat only - most independent trip possible?

      Turkmenistan May 19, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Hello! I'm a 20-year old citizen of Sweden interested in a week-long visit in Ashgabat only. Since I'm not eligible for a transit visa, I have to make at least some form of booking through a travel agency.

      I would get my visa either from the embassy in Geneva (Switzerland) or on arrival at Ashgabat Airport, I would fly either Zurich-Frankfurt-Ashgabat with Lufthansa or Zurich-Istanbul-Ashgabat with Turkish Airlines, and I would choose the cheapest private Hotel room that is either in the city centre or has a local bus stop nearby (I mainly intend to use public transport).

      If I've understood it correctly, it is impossible to get a LOI for a 100% independent trip, although it can get more independent if you only visit Ashgabat (correct me if I'm wrong). So, what is the "most independent" I can get? What travel agency would be preferable for this purpose?

      In other words, what are the absolute minimum requirements for getting the LOI for a tourist visa?

      Thanks in advance for any help

      7 Answers Nov 17, 2015 at 1:01 AM
    • Transit through Turkmenistan

      Turkmenistan Feb 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      I am planning an overland trip from Turkey to Uzbekistan. I want to cross the Iran-Turkmenistan at the Quchan-Bajgiran frontier.
      i) Is crossing the border smooth and hassle-free?
      i) Will I get a taxi to take me to Ashgabat from the border? What will be the cost?
      ii) I want to travel from Ashgabat to Türkmenabat. Will train be the best option for this part of my journey? Can anyone please let me know the train timings and also whether I need to get the tickets before arriving in Turkmenistan or whether I can buy it at the station.
      iii) How smooth is the border crossing at the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border at Farab?
      iv) I should be traversing the country in 4 days. Will a transit visa good enough for me?

      Thanks in advance for your suggestions.


      2 Answers Feb 11, 2015 at 4:13 AM
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      Ashgabat Feb 1, 2015 at 4:48 AM

      need translator Russian english

      2 Answers Feb 1, 2015 at 9:58 AM
    • siyakhat hotel in ashgabat

      Ashgabat May 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      is there anyone in this hotel right now?, do u know the rates?, how is this hotel?

    • getting transit visa in Taskent

      Turkmenistan Oct 12, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      Does anybudy know or experienced the current situation of getting transit
      visa for Turkmenistan at the embassy in Taskent?
      How long does it take?

      1 Answer Oct 12, 2013 at 7:13 AM
    • Turkmens going to Turkey

      Turkmenistan Aug 3, 2013 at 4:40 AM

      Is it true Turkmens going to Turkey need to show they have money to support themselves (say, $1,000) at the airport before they can leave their country?

      1 Answer Aug 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM
    • About Currency

      Turkmenistan Jun 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      I am a banknote collector and i am planning to visit Turkmenistan .

      Is there places like numismatic shops in Ashkabat where i can find some old and new currencies ?

      Is it easy to exchange money on the city by banks ? I am looking for unused new manats especially ...

      Any information could be helpfull for me ...

      1 Answer Jun 18, 2013 at 11:46 AM
    • Getting from the Ashgabat Airpot into the City Center

      Turkmenistan May 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM


      I will be arriving late into Ashgabat Airport. What are the transportation options?

      How much should a Taxi cost?


      1 Answer May 21, 2013 at 2:49 PM
    • Recommendations for Budget Hotel in Ashgabat?

      Turkmenistan May 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      I will be in Ashgabat next week and am looking for a budget hotel/hostels in the city center. Any recommendations?

      1 Answer May 22, 2013 at 1:08 AM
    • border crossing

      Turkmenistan May 9, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      I plan to cross into Turkmenistan from Uzbekistan. I understand there is a long fence between these two countries. What is the best entry/exit point? I hope to enter Turkmenistan from Khiva in Uzbekistan.

      Also, what is the situation with bringing 2000-3000 USD in cash to Turkmenistan? Will this raise eyebrows? There seems to be no other option for international banking as I will be entering Iran from Turkmenistan afterwards.

      Any additional information about traveling in Turkmenistan would be appreciated, including tour guides, hotels, and interesting areas apart from Darwaze. Thanks.

      5 Answers May 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM
    • Domestic flights in Turkmenistan

      Turkmenistan Apr 28, 2013 at 5:36 AM

      Hi, I was just wondering if anyone knows how to book domestic flights in Turkmenistan from outside the country? Any help would be appreciated.

      3 Answers Apr 29, 2013 at 6:05 AM
    • Hostels in Ashgabat

      Turkmenistan Apr 25, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Hi, I'll be in Ashgabat next week with a couple of friends. We still haven't booked any hostels. Is this going to be a massive issue, or will it be all right to turn up somewhere cheap last minute. We really don't want to have to pay for the expensive hotels. Also, does anyone know of any good hostels or homestays which are likely to be available at such short notice? The ones we've called seemed to have changed their number from the one listed in our guidebook...

      Thank you!

    • Turkmenistan Train from Ashgabat to Türkmenabat

      Turkmenistan Mar 17, 2013 at 5:54 AM


      I will be traveling to Ashgabat in May/June and would like to travel by train to Türkmenabat (near the Uzbek border).

      Would I be able to obtain a train ticket the day before my travel date? Or do I have to get the ticket in advance? What would the price be for such a ticket?


      1 Answer Mar 17, 2013 at 6:04 AM
    • Turkmenistan Transit Visa

      Turkmenistan Mar 15, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      I would like to take a plane from the US to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and then travel by train to Uzbekistan.
      Would it be possible to obtain a transit visa for such a trip?

      I have heard that some people say that it is possible, while others have said that transit visas are only available to those traveling overland into Turkmenistan (i.e., are not available to those flying into Turkmenistan).

      Does any one have information on this?

      1 Answer Mar 15, 2013 at 6:18 AM
    • LOI for transit visas?

      Turkmenistan Mar 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      I wondered if anyone could tell me whether a LOI is required for transit visas to Turkmenistan. All the information I can find is contradictory, and the embassy isn't being great with replying to emails. If I do need one, do you have any recommendations on the best/quickest way to get one?

      Thank you in advance!

      6 Answers Mar 14, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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      Turkmenistan in October

      Turkmenistan Feb 12, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      I've been told Turkmenistan does not permit any foreign visitors during the month of October. I've also heard that, if you request a tourist visa months in advance, it will be granted and you will be allowed entry. Does anyone have any direct experience or knowledge they can share to help clarify the situation?


      2 Answers Feb 13, 2013 at 6:57 AM
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      Turkmenistan Airways

      Turkmenistan Feb 3, 2013 at 5:26 AM

      Has someone expieriance with Turkmenistan Airways
      London or Frankfurt to Ashgabat.
      because it's the onely direct line between europe and Turkmenistan
      the same question for London or Frankfurt to tashkent

      planning to go in oktober
      Thanks for the advice
      John Celis

      2 Answers Feb 3, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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      Turkmenistan visas

      Ashgabat Jan 21, 2013 at 5:20 AM

      Hi all,

      I am attempting to find a destination for a weekend away at some point (May-August) and the flights are perfect for Ashgabat, however I'm really confused about how I would obtain a visa.

      Do I really need a travel agent to do it for me? I only want to go for 2 days so would a transit visa be feasible? The internet is coming up with visa agency options but I've never used them before. Is that risky? There is a Turkmenistan embassy in the UAE so I could do it myself if necessary.

      Any ideas?

      PS. Is it worth visiting on my own for a few days? I have no more annual leave so a weekend is my only option.


      7 Answers Jan 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM
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      Money matters

      Turkmenistan Dec 15, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      We have taken the plunge and are going to Turkmenistan next week. I'm trying to work out how much money we need to bring.

      We are doing a private tour so some meals and sightseeing are included, but what could we expect to pay for a hot drink/lunch/evening meal? We will be staying in Ashgabat and Mary. We don't drink and are not great fans of souvenir shopping.

      Thanks for any input.

      4 Answers Dec 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM
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      Renting a flat in Ashgabat for 1, maybe 2 years

      Ashgabat Sep 20, 2012 at 1:43 AM

      Hello all

      My sister is moving to Ashgabat in October for work. Obviously she has done a lot of research but if someone has tips about where to rent a flat (and where to completely avoid) that woul dbe great.

      She'll be working near the French embassy and will have a limited budget. It seems rents are quite high in town, is it true?

      Thanks in advance!

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      Is this a good idea?

      Turkmenistan Jul 14, 2012 at 1:53 AM

      We have ve been interested in visiting Turkmenistan for a while (we have have visited several other central Asian countries previously).

      We have some free time at Christmas (my office shuts down for the duration and we don't have any particular family commitments), so were wondering about going to Turkmenistan then. We have checked that we can get flights and hotel and I understand that the temperature is likely to be pretty much the same as it would be at home in the UK.

      Are there any snags or downsides to visiting Turkmenistan at this time of year?

      1 Answer Jul 14, 2012 at 4:53 AM
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      Iran to Turkmenistan

      Turkmenistan Sep 20, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      Hello everybody:
      Does anybody know about traveling by road from Gorgan (Iran) to Askhabad (Turkmenistan)?. If so, can you provide any practical details?. Is there any public transportation or ways to hire a private car with driver?. Difficulties or problems that you might know of?.

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      Train to Moscow

      Ashgabat May 25, 2011 at 1:26 AM

      Hey Everyone,

      does anyone have experiences with taking the train from Ashgabat to Moscow? As I understand it takes three days, I'd be really grateful for more information i.e. does it happen that it suddenly takes 5 days, etc. Anyone remember a reliable source for prices and schedules?

      Thanks for the help

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      moving to ashgabat

      Ashgabat Apr 9, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      Hello!Im moving to Ashgabad in 2 weeks (planning to stay there for 2 years), right now Im packing my luggage and Im wondering what to take with me. What are shopping possibilities in Ashgabad (clothes, prices, labels)? Weather (spring, summer, autumn, winter)? Any other suggestions? Thank you in advance!

      4 Answers May 1, 2011 at 8:47 AM
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      transit visa

      Turkmenistan Jan 7, 2011 at 5:43 PM

      I am planning on visiting Uzbekistan and want to visit Konye-Urgench, Turkmenistan for a few days from Uzbekistan, but I want to do it independently without a tour guide. It seems that the only visa that allows you to travel without accompaniment by a guide in Turkmenistan is the transit visa. However, I believe you have to indicate your entry and exit point upon applying for the visa. So if I indicate Khojeli as my entry & exit point, it looks obvious that my purpose is sightseeing instead of transit... In this case, the visa is little likely to be granted, I guess? Any idea? Does anyone have any experience visiting Konye-Urgench or any part of Turkmenistan with the transit visa from Uzbekistan?

      Has anyone applied for visas to Turkmenistan at the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Washington, D.C? Do I have to go there in person to apply for the visa??

      I would appreciate any input you may have.


      3 Answers Jan 8, 2011 at 5:48 AM
    • crossing Turkmenistan by private car

      Turkmenistan Oct 18, 2010 at 2:26 PM

      What documentation is necessary to come into Turkmenistan across the Caspian Sea with a private car and driving on across the country to Uzbekistan? Is there a Turkmen travel agency that could assist with the documentation and travel arrangements in the country?

      Tanks for an answer

      Wilhelm Klein

      3 Answers Oct 19, 2010 at 2:05 AM
    • visit visa

      Ashgabat Aug 17, 2010 at 9:18 AM

      I am a Canadian born Citizen and my wife currently lives in Ashgabot with our daughter.
      We were married 3 years ago in Moscow.
      I am still waiting for her and our daughters residency visa for Canada.
      Should be ready any week now.
      Do I require a visit visa to go to Ashgabot.
      I would like to travel there to visit her and meet her family.

      1 Answer Aug 17, 2010 at 9:25 AM
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      Getting a Visa for Turkmenistan in either Baku, or Tehran?

      Turkmenistan Jul 17, 2010 at 2:42 PM

      Hi, my friend and I are a couple of young Canadians looking to travel across Asia overland. We were wondering if it's possible to get a Visa for Turkmenistan in either Baku (Azerbaijan) or Tehran (Iran)? If so, how long would this process usually take?