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I was wondering if anyone has had experience applying for a Turkmenistan visa in Dubai. I'll be there in late August and was told that I should apply there since travel in Turkmenistan during October is limited and I'd be going to other countries with a consulate too late. I'll have the LOI already but couldn't find anyone's experiences with the consulate in Dubai. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Were doing an overlanding trip through Turkmenistand and Uzbekistan in July and our itinerary includes several nights wild camping near Darwaza and Urgench. Were trying to plan what clothing and kit we need and I cant seem to find any info on the temperature at night. Appreciate its desert so will obviously be cooler than the 32 degrees C plus that seems average for the day, but how much colder? want to make sure we bring warm jumpers/blankets/sleeping bags etc if we will need them but not if totally unnecessary.
Any help much appreciated, google has failed me on this one!
I'd like to ask your opinions on a story posted on a German travel forum:
The poster (German citizen) flew IST-ASB on one ticket, arriving in the morning, and onwards to FRA on another ticket the following day in the evening. He had a transit visa issued by the embassy in Berlin.
On arrival at ASB, he was denied entry because he "looked like a tourist". He was kept in the transit area until the evening, threatened by immediate deportation "anywhere", then he was let into the country to stay at his prebooked hotel and fly home on the originally planned Lufthansa flight. He was supervised at the hotel all the time (not in his room, though) and not allowed to leave it.
Have you heard about something like that before? I mean, it seems to be clear that transit visas are usually only issued on (geographically necessary) land transits, so the Berlin embassy giving a transit visa for... more »
Do somebody know how reliable is the ferry service these days? I am going to travel to Turkmenistan in September/October from Iran to Asgabat, then jump to Turkmenbashi and cross Caspian See to Baku (hope to get a transit visa for this trip).
I wouldn't have so much time for that iteratory, so need to make sure that the Turkmenbashi->Baku part, will take no more than 3 days. Is it possible? If not, what would you suggest instead?
Thanks & Best Regards
If anyone can answer my questions I would be very thankful.
How much can cost renting a taxi to get from Mary to Merv complex, visit it and go back?
If I have a transit visa from Afghanistan to Kazakhstan, so can I make a detour in Balkanabat and go on the way to Turkmenbashi to Gozli Ata and Yangykala Canyon? How much can cost a car for such a trip?
Is it easy to find a not expensive hotel in Turkmenistan (Mary, Ashgabat and Turkmenbashi)?
Is transport from Turkmenbashi to Zanaozhen (Kazakhstan) frequent? I mean is it going every day?
As anyone who has looked into a trip to Turkmenistan will know, the visa situation is not very advantageous.
As an American citizen, the option of getting a transit visa on to Iran would only bring upon more visa issues, and the other transit options seem pretty impractical. So, the remaining option is a tourist visa requiring the accompaniment of a tour operator.
However, as a budget traveler, I have not found any tour that is within a reasonable price range. Most of the tours offered online or the email responses I have seen are offering tours in the neighborhood of 220-250 dollars per day. (of course, being a lone traveler does not improve my price options).
Does anyone know of a tour operator that is willing to do cheaper tours? For example, they could book much cheaper accommodation, even homestays?
Is anyone interested in around a 10 day travel to Turkmenis... more »
I will be travelling through Turkmenistan from Iran (Mashad/Bajgiran) to Uzbekistan (Bukhara), entering on the 16th and exiting on the 20th of April. Will anybody be on the same or a similar route during that time and would like to split hotel costs by staying together in Ashgabat and beyond?
Alternatively: who has a suggestion on budget accomodation in Asghabat (and the other cities on the route like Turkmenabat)?
I read something about a 75 Dollar Hotel in the Forum and that the budget options in the LP guide book arent favorable, so I am open to suggestions...
Thanks a lot and have fun travelling
I am planning a trip to Turkmenistan (in fact I have bought my tickets).
I initiated my visa process and came to know that the Visa Support process for getting a tourist visa is very tough and there is a high probability of rejection.
Can folks please share their visa success experience? Which travel/tour company did you use?
Some tour companies are suggesting that I apply for a transit visa. However, I am flying directly into Ashgabat via Istanbul and fly out the same route. Hence, technically my trip is not a transit trip. I am not sure if I can get cheeky with a transit visa.
My trip is very short and is only 5 days long,
Will be very helpful if I can get to know some guidelines that can help me avoid getting rejected for the visa support letter.
Just tried to apply to the embassy in London. Very friendly chap, very helpful.
I was looking for a transit visa to go from Baku to Turkmenbashi to Uzbekistan.
I was not allowed to apply until I have the Azerbaijian visa. Since I cannot get this visa on time I asked for an exception with no success.
1 - You can apply for the Turkmen visa and get it three weeks later at the embassy in Baku, and specify the exact dates when you collect it. This is useful if you take the ferry with uncertain dates.
2 - Although technically you can get the visa at the 'border', you will not be allowed to board the ferry without a visa for Turkmenistan, so it's better to get it in Baku at the embassy.
3 - You need to explain your itinerary and present it in a letter to the embassy.
I will soon be cycling across Turkmenistan from Uzebkistan to Iran with a friend. We are already half way across China and would like to get our Turkmenistan visa application underway to save time. We have already obtained Uzbek and Iranian visas.
Is it possible to apply by mail in Beijing or perhaps another embassy, sending all the relevant copies of documents by mail and then picking up the visa in Tashkent?
If not, can we start the process in Tashkent and pick up in another town closer to the border or perhaps at the border?
I know this is all a little bit complicated but we're on a tight schedule and would love to avoid the 5 days wait in Tashkent. At worst, is it possible to expedite the application in Tashkent for a fee?
Thanks for any help with this!
I will be in Turkmenistan for around a week in the 2nd half of may, coming from Khiva, Uzbekistan.
I read, that you are obliged to get a guide for your whole stay in Turkmenistan. Is that still true or can you move around on your own by now?
My plan is to go from Konye-Urgench to Yangykala Canyon, then over Ashgabat to Merv and back to Ashgabat and hopefully get some desert feeling inbetween aswell.
Does anyone know a good tour operator, that is not too expensive and can do something like this? Would be perfect to join a tour, but if thats not possible I guess I could just get a driver/guide to take me? Anyone have a clue how much that would cost??
Hope anyone can help me with this. Thanks in advance!
Edited by: Sky_Phil
I will be visiting Central Asia starting 22nd May. I shall start in Tashkent, then to Almaty - Bishkek - entering Tajik - reenter Uzbekistan, and I want to enter Turkmenistan via Farab border. There is no Turkmen embassy in my country (Malaysia), and it seems that the only place for me to get Turkmen visa is either at Tashkent or Dushanbe. I hv emailed Turkmen Embassy in Tashkent and Dushanbe, but they didnt reply. Has anyone get their Turkmen visa at either these places? I need infos on:
1. Can I apply for a transit visa when I am entering Turkmen from Uzbek, and after that reenter Uzbek again? Getting a tourist visa is expensive bcos of the LOI (I hv asked Stantours about this), and I need to hv a guide to visit Turkmen.
2. How much is the visa fee and how many days needed to process it (in Tashkent @ Dushanbe)?
3. What are the requirements?
4. Do I need to leave my passport at... more »
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?
I just visited with some friends Central Asia in summer (July 2012) and we visited Turkmenistan for four days. Now I want to take the chance to share my experience with you.
Due to Turkmenistan is not a normal tourist destination; I want to provide some advices for your preparation of your next journey through this really interesting country.
At first, we obtained our visa in the Turkmenistan embassy in Berlin, Germany. The procurement was without hassle; we got a Transit Visa KZ-TM-UZ (Actually we travelled UZ-TM-ZU).
The demand for public transport in Turkmenistan is really high and it necessary to book trains and flights in advance to avoid short notice time wasting arrangements.
Our first stop in Turkmenistan was Turkmenabat and we booked the Hotel Jeyhun in advance via Ayan Travel. The Travel Agent (headquarted in Ashgab... more »
I am hoping for some advice, preferably based on recent experience.
Next year, 2013, I'm planning to travel across from Turkey to China, I'm Australian. With regards to the Turkmen visa I have figured I have 2 main options:
1) Get the visa in Turkey (Istanbul or Ankara) (But I am already going to be getting Uzbek and Tajik visas there).
2) Get the visa in Baku
My understanding is that the visa's are date specific, issued for 3 days or 5-10 if you're lucky, boats departures from Baku are a bit tempermental.
I'd prefer not to spend too much time in Baku waiting, if there is going to be a wait I'd prefer to do it in Istanbul I think. (Also we'll be cycling but presumably we won't have time for any bike riding in Turkmenistan not to mention by the time we get there it will probably be July. )
I have heard that you don't need an LOI to get the transit visa, but some accou... more »
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