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Turkmenistan remembered for its weird dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov. He ruled until 2006 when he died, and he had monuments as well as statues of himself to show what he achieved.
Turkmenistan is a country that has been less explored and is more of a mystery then Central Asia’s ‘stans. It’s natural beauty, traditions, and spirituality makes Turkmenistan a great destination.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Turkmenistan. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Turkmenistan: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, and influenza.
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A passport and visa are required for travel to Turkmenistan. Passports must have at least six months validity at entry.
Note, Turkmenistan has very different requirements for dual citizens and may deny exit. Be sure to consult with a Passport Health passport and visa specialist before your trip.
For more information, see our Turkmenistan visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Turkmenistan’s climate is continental. April to June is the best time to visit with sunshine and cool temperatures. From September to November you will feel the summer heat. In December it’s important to stay warm. You will see snow in the desert if you plan to travel this time of year.
January is the coolest month with temperatures ranging from below freezing. The hottest month is July and the temperatures can reach the high-80’s.
People visiting Turkmenistan are not allowed to travel to “restricted zones” without permission. Iran, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan are places people are restricted from. Dashoguz, Dashoguz City, and some places along the coast of Caspian are not allowed as well. It usually takes 10 working days for the State Migration Service to process requests. People who plan to travel by Turkmenistan Airlines need to have proof of their permission to travel to the restricted zones.
Visitors to the country may be put under surveillance. Certain places or things may be monitored like hotel rooms, telephones and internet traffic. It’s important to keep your passport with you at all times because you don’t want to be detained. At night officers may be more aggressive in asking for your identity papers and they might ask for a bribe. If you’re unsure that the officer is official, you should ask for their identification to feel more at ease.
There aren’t many reports of violence. But, you should take precautions anyway. Don’t travel in the dark or in deserted or unfamiliar areas of Turkmenistan. Victims of a crime or victims of domestic violence should contact the embassy for assistance.
There is so much to see and do in Turkmenistan. If you’re interested in a real piece of history in nature, the Gates of Hell is the place to see. It is a 230 ft. wide crater that is located in the Karakum Desert and can be seen for miles. The crater is about the size of a football field and is approximately 20 meters deep. It has been on fire for more than 50 years and travelers can see the flames rising from the earth.
The people who live nearby this crater call it the Gates of Hell because of the glow that continues to come up from the pit. This place has become a popular tourist site, as travelers stay overnight to experience it. Visitors will experience the extreme heat if they stay near the crater.
Tourists can get to the Gates of Hell from Ashgabat on camel. A traditional yurt is what tourists will be able to stay in when they arrive at the Gates of Hell.
When you travel to Turkmenistan, there are some things you should take with you on your trip.
All Americans visiting Turkmenistan should register online with the U.S. Department of State before departure. This will inform the office of your travel plans within the country and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation.
Once in Turkmenistan, the information for the U.S. Embassy is:
U.S. Embassy Ashgabat
9 1984 Street (formerly Pushkin Street)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 744000
Phone: (+99312) 940045
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