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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 09, 2016
Best VPN app to get Facebook in Turkmesnistan  (4 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 21, 2015
Visa passports for nationals  (4 Answers)

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??

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 19, 2015
Ashgabat only - most independent trip possible?  (7 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 10, 2015
Transit through Turkmenistan  (2 Answers)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 12, 2013
getting transit visa in Taskent  (1 Answer)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2013
Turkmens going to Turkey  (1 Answer)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2013
About Currency  (1 Answer)

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 ...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2013
Getting from the Ashgabat Airpot into the City Center  (1 Answer)


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

How much should a Taxi cost?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 21, 2013
Recommendations for Budget Hotel in Ashgabat?  (1 Answer)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 09, 2013
border crossing  (5 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2013
Domestic flights in Turkmenistan  (3 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 25, 2013
Hostels in Ashgabat

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!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 17, 2013
Turkmenistan Train from Ashgabat to Türkmenabat  (1 Answer)


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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 14, 2013
Turkmenistan Transit Visa  (1 Answer)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 11, 2013
LOI for transit visas?  (6 Answers)

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!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 12, 2013
Turkmenistan in October  (2 Answers)

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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2013
Turkmenistan Airways  (2 Answers)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 15, 2012
Money matters  (4 Answers)

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 14, 2012
Is this a good idea?  (1 Answer)

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 20, 2011
Iran to Turkmenistan

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?.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 07, 2011
transit visa  (3 Answers)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2010
Getting a Visa for Turkmenistan in either Baku, or Tehran?

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?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 29, 2010
Travel and accommodation costs in Turkmenistan


I will travel one month this summer as I do it to 2-4 different countries every year. Turkmenistan is inside my plans. Is it uncomfortably hot in July and August there?

Could you please write me some sample costs in Turkmenistan in USD please? Mostly in Ashgabad and other towns like Turkmenbasi, Bayramali in general.

A cheap meal in a cafe
A good meal in a restaurant but not luxury one
A local beer in a bar
A local spirit in a bar or club
A cheap but clean single room in a guesthouse or pension or hotel
A small, central apt to rent
Enterance to a museum
A botle of water in market
A bus or train drive for 5-6 hours

Thanks a lot :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2008
Central Asian trip in summer 2009

Hi friends, I am planning to make a big trip through Central Asia next summer and would like to cover all 5 ex SU countries. Did anyone make a trip like this? I plan to travel by myself on budget. Maybe a stupid question but how much money should I plan for spending in 6 weeks? I have to make it a cheap trip. What are the best means of travelling? bus? Where should I start and where should I end? I am very grateful for all kinds of advices! Thanks a lot, Silvia

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 18, 2007
Need your advise please.  (3 Answers)

I plan on travelling to Ashgabat - Turkmenistan this coming summer 08. Could any one please guide me on :
1-HOW and from Whom (reputable agency )to get an invite for at least a month or more visa ?
2- Name of Budget hotel or can one rent an Apartmnet to stay and where to find info on such ?
3-Places and people to avoid.
4-budget eating places
5- other useful tips such as medical care, police traps, custom and Immigartion dealings , Night life and Hookers .
I would appreciate input and guidance from all you wonderful fellow travelers.
Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 03, 2007
Turkmen - Uzbek border  (3 Answers)

Hi Everyone,

Can anyone help me with this:
I am planning a trip to turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, arriving in Ashgabat and travelling to Uzbekistan by the road. I want to know if anyone has already taken the road from MARY to KHIVA in Uzbekistan with a border crossing arround DASHOGUZ ?
how is the road and how is the border checkpoint ?

many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2007
Organized Tour... anyone?

Anyone headed to Turkmenistan in mid-June?

Would like to join an organized tour, but can't afford to travel on my own in Turkmenistan.

Preferably i'd like to start in Ashgabat, and end at the Uzbek border near Bukhara.

Should i try for a transit visa instead?

Unfortunately, plan on flying into ASB. Would it be possible to pick up the transit visa at the airport after arranging it prior to arrival in ASB?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2006
Baku - Turkmenbashi - Aqtau

Gday all,

I was just curious about the ferry service of the Caspian Sea. Would it be possible to catch a ferry from Baku to Turkmenbashi to Aqtau in the space of 2 weeks? i have read some info. on VT postings, and was just curious to here a little more about the experiences anyone has had.

thanks guys

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2006
Turkmen visa  (1 Answer)

Anyone applied for a Turkmeni visa (and got it) in Turkmeni Embassy in Baku?
I see someone else posted the same question months ago, but still no answer.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 16, 2005
Looking for T-14s!

Any T-14s for Peace Corps out there or T-13s that are currently serving?

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