Turkmenistan Travel Information
There are increasingly stringent entry and exit
restrictions, as well as travel restrictions between
Crime statistics in Turkmenistan are generally low,
but it is important to pay attention to pickpockets,
especially in the Ashkhabad Tolkucha Bazaar.
Norwegians traveling to Turkmenistan should have
valid travel insurance, as the National Insurance Scheme
does not cover sickness or accident expenses. All
Norwegians who are going to Turkmenistan are encouraged
to register at reiseregistrering.no. It is also
advisable to investigate the need for vaccines before
Turkmenistan is located in a seismically active area.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Turkmenistan is
considered low but cannot be ruled out.
In the event of a crisis or emergency, the public can
contact the UD's 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23
95 00 00, e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Who can ask for assistance? All Norwegian citizens
can request assistance, but also refugees or stateless
persons residing in Norway can expect assistance during
a temporary stay abroad. Persons who move abroad to
settle there or to stay there for at least six months
must, before departure, report to the Population
Register in the place of residence or residence.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians can apply for a visa at the Turkmenistan
Embassy in London or Berlin. Turkmenistan practices a
restrictive visa practice and not everyone who applies
for a visa can expect to have the application granted.
Norwegian authorities cannot normally be expected to
provide assistance to travelers who are denied a tourist
visa. You are often asked to show your passport, visa
and other documentation and it is therefore important to
bring your passport wherever you go.
- Countryaah: Ashgabat is the capital
of Turkmenistan. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Embassy of Turkmenistan
131 Holland Park Avenue,
London W11 4UT, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 207 610 5239; Fax: +44 (0) 207 751 1903
See English overview of embassies in London
You can also apply at the Turkmenistan Embassy in
Botschaft von Turkmenistan in the Federal Republic of
Langobardenallee 14, 14052 Berlin, Germany
Phone: 030 30102452, Fax: 030 30102453
Coronavirus (covid-19): No cases of
coronavirus have been reported in Turkmenistan so far.
However, cases have been recorded in all countries
bordering the five Central Asian countries. China is
relatively large in all five Central Asian countries.
However, Turkmenistan has taken measures such as
stricter border control and temperature screening on
arrival. The situation may change rapidly and may, for
example, lead to quarantine after entry. It is
recommended to keep abreast of developments in planning
trips to Turkmenistan.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Vaccines that may be appropriate to take before
entering Turkmenistan may include hepatitis A,
diphtheria and tetanus vaccine, typhoid fever vaccine.
For updated recommendations on vaccination before
departure, see information from the National Institute
of Public Health on travel, diseases and vaccines in
The hospitals in Turkmenistan do not meet Western
standards, and with the exception of some hospitals in
the capital, so are both competence and material. It is
not common for health professionals to know Western
Note that the National Insurance Scheme does not
normally cover expenses that Norwegians in Turkmenistan
have to bear in connection with illness and accidents.
It is therefore strongly recommended to have valid
Tap water is not recommended for cooking and
For immediate assistance:
Ministry of Emergency Situations (24hrs)
Tel. + 993 12 40 24 15
Tel. + 993 12 40 99 11
Tel. + 993 12 40 26 97
Central Hospital Tel. +993 12 45 03 03
Fax: +993 12 45 03 31
1 Yunus Emre Str.Ashgabad
S.A.Niyazov International Medical Center
Tel.: + 993 12 48 90 06
Fax: + 993 12 48 90 09
The area code for calls from Norway to Turkmenistan
is +993. The telephone lines are of varying quality.
Calling abroad is expensive. GSM coverage is good in the
capital. To call Norway from landline, dial 0047 and
then phone number in Norway, from mobile use '+47' and
not '0047' as a preset.
Turkmenistan is at GMT + 5 (four hours ahead of
The voltage of the power supply in Turkmenistan is
220 volts, 50 Hz. The tensile strength can often be
variable. The contact plug is the same as in Norway. The
Internet domain is.tm. There have long been restrictions
on the use of the Internet and the internet is poorly
developed. Even in the hotels for foreigners, the
connection is of varying quality.
Travelers are strongly encouraged to bring US dollars
in cash which can then be exchanged for the national
currency if required. Please note that foreigners in
several places have to pay in dollars. It is therefore
advisable to avoid exchanging all money for manatees.
Credit cards are accepted in few places outside the
international hotels of Ashkhabat. Few banks accept
travelers checks and if they do, a fee of around ten
percent is often imposed. It is difficult to withdraw
money from an ATM with international credit cards, and
there are few ATMs. Travelers are therefore encouraged
to bring cash. Please note that on arrival you must
state how much foreign currency you have with you and it
is forbidden to bring more currency out of the country
than you had when you arrived.
There are many official holidays in Turkmenistan.
Various official events and disturbances in the traffic
picture must be expected.
Official Holidays in Turkmenistan: January 1 - First
New Year's Day, January 12 - Memorial Day for the Fallen
at the Battle of Geok Depe in 1881, February 19 - Flag
Day, commemorating the new state flag in 1992. It is
also former President Niyazov's birthday, May 20-22.
March - Nauryz (Spring Party), first Sunday in April -
Water Drop/Gold Day. To commemorate the importance of
Turkmenistan's water reserves, last Sunday in April -
celebration of the Turkmen Ahal-Tekke horses, 8-9. May -
Victory Day (World War II), May 18 - Constitution Day
and celebration of the Turkmen poet Magtymguly, last
Sunday in May - Tea Day, third Sunday in July - Kurdish
Day, Second Sunday in August - Melonday, Second Saturday
in September - Oil-, gas, energy and geology workers'
day, second Sunday in September - Turkmen Bagshy, 6.
Muslim Holidays that vary from year to year: Kurban
Bayram (Eid-al Adha) - 70 days after the end of Ramadan.
Three day celebration.
Oraza Bayram (Eid al-Fitr) - the end of Ramadan. (July
Turkmen are a very hospitable and polite people.
However, as with the rest of the former Soviet Union,
service may not always be as good. The Turkmen community
can be difficult to understand for outsiders. Students
wear uniforms and women often wear traditional costumes,
with two braids for unmarried women and a braid and hair
dryer for married women. There are prohibitions and
rules that are practiced unpredictably. The authorities
cut down on expressions and clothing (including Islamic)
that do not conform to traditional Turkmen culture and
way of life. However, foreigners and the Russian
minority are spared these measures.
There are no special restrictions on alcohol
consumption, but only international hotels have
after-hours dining. To 23:00. If you move out after
that, you are likely to be stopped and asked to
identify. Officially, smoking is prohibited in public
places, but this is practiced to varying degrees.
Photography can often cause problems and you should
avoid photographing someone in uniform or military
objects. In addition, one should not photograph at the
many roadside checkpoints and at the border crossings.
In Ashkhabad, one should also be careful about
photographing the many government buildings.
Critical remarks and questions about government and
governance can embarrass people and create difficulties.
Please note that the authorities do not accept that
foreigners enter into relationships with ethnic Turkmen
women. Those who violate the ban run the risk of being
deported for life.