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Hi,
{cross posting in Turkmenistan thread}.

Yes - a common(ish) question but I surprisingly can't seem to find any info posted before on this.

Has anyone attained a Turkmen visa in Tajikistan? I just want to go to Turkmenistan for a few days and then back to Tajikistan.

Any tips on how to swindle the transit technique or just a normal visa would be very welcome.

Thanks for traveling,
Fox-

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Hi all,

Having visited every other Soviet Stan I have a half baked notion of taking a trip to Turkmenistan next year. In Kyrgyzstan I was lucky enough to meet a Turkmen national who I've kept in touch with for a while now and he'd love me to take a trip one day.

I understand that outside of Ashgabat you MUST have a guide, however I was hoping to bypass this by listing Ashgabat and only Ashgabat on a Tourist visa application... with flights in and out of the city confirmed and relevant LOI's…

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Night buses?

Hi,
do you know if they have night intercity buses in Turkmenistan? I've usually travelled with those in Iran and it was great value - both for money and time. So I'm wondering if there is something similar in Turkmenistan, e.g. between Turkmenbashi and Ashgabad? Any clue?
Thanks!

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Hi everyone !

Reading many past posts I'm still confused....How feasible is it to cross the border in Hojeli or Urgench and go to Turkmenistan to Darvaza?
I guess we would need a transit visa for Turkmenistan and a double entry for Uzbekistan? Also could we easily find a tour agency in Nukus to help us do that or can we handle by ourselves?
Thanks a lot in advance for your advice
Cheers

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Hi guys,

I've contemplated going to Turkmenistan as a transit visitor for a few days, but enter by land (either near Bukhara or Khiva, whatever is quicker to get to Ashgabat), then fly back to Moscow, where I currently live.

So...question time:

1) Has anyone ever successfully got the transit visa by doing such a route? I've read that some transit routes are denied because they don't 'need' transiting (but that was flying only...)

2) Has anyone ever used the Turkmen embassy in Moscow? I'm…

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Border and guard

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Hi

Just trying to figure a few things out right now. I think I may enter Tukmenistan from Uzbekistan using a transit visa.

I'm sure I've read somewhere in the past that you can't enter Turkmenistan from Uzbekistan and then re'enter Uzbekistan is this correct?
If this is correct, is it possible to find a driver at the border to take me to the gas crater, so I can spend the night and drop me off in Ashgabat the next morning? Would this work out cheaper than having a guide? As they seem to want…

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Hi I just received a 5 day transit visa. I have to go from Uzbekistan to Iran so my in/out options are limited. I definitely want to go to Darvaza. Could anyone suggest a night somewhere up north, then 1 night in Darvaza (Iis it possible to get a car to sleep in or a yurt for the night- im not bringing a tent?) then 2 nights in Ashgabat then leaving. THANKS.

Any info on decent hostel/hotel in Ashgabat as well would be very useful.

BC

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Hello,

I'm going to Iran next month to start my trip towards the end of the silk road. At the end of september/beginning of october, I want to travel to Uzbekistan, through Turkmenistan.

The plan is to apply for a transit visa in Tehran and pick it up a few week later in Mashad. Does anyone have recent experience with this?

I am from the Netherlands and I have a visa for Uzbekistan.

Hope to hear from someone!

Jeffrey

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Hello all,

I am planning a trip to Turkmenistan in the fall for the first time, and am considering the following itinerary:

15 October - arrive Ashgabat
15 & 16 - Ashgabat
16 - Darvaza Gas crater
17 - Nokhur Area
18 - Paraw Bili Shrine
19 - Dekhistan
Night of the 19th - Turkmenbashi
20 - Ferry to Baku

Is this too ambitious? I'm limited to the amount of time I have and besides I'm hoping leaving on the 20th will reduce any issues with getting a visa due to the Independence Day celebrations at the…

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A car and driver will be taking my wife and I, who are US citizens, from Kunya Urgench to the Turkmenistan border with Uzbekistan. A different car and driver will then take us to Khiva where we have hotel reservations.
Is it more desirable to cross at Khodjeily or at Shavat? Will the visa mandate a particular crossing? Is it more difficult to get a particular crossing?