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Hello! I've just finished writing up a detailed trip report for Turkmenistan. I flew into Ashgabat with a five day transit visa, and headed overland to the crater with public transport. We hiked to the crater and slept there overnight - truly a man made disaster turned world wonder! We then headed north to Konye-Urgench and crossed over the border to Uzbekistan via Nukus. Information on Turkmenistan is really hard to come by - even on the internet - so hopefully someone will find it useful!

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On a transit visa in September:

Fly into Ashgabat > Darvaza > Konye-Urgench > Border crossing to Nukus

Or am I going to need a tourist visa? If so I'm struggling to find a company that does this route.

Thanks.

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Hello,
I have a question if anybody has an experience of applying for transit visa to Turkmenistan with: entry point Ashchabad airport, exit point TM/Iran border? We would like to fly in to Ashchabad via Minsk and then leave this country using the closest border with Iran. I am aware that first of all we need to have Iranian visa issued.
I asked in several agencies if they can do it, but the probability of rejection is quite high.

Thank you in advance for any reply.
Regards,

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I am looking to share the cost of a trip from Ashgabat - Mary - Dawash - Konya Urgench

Late May early June

Then on to Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Tadzik

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We have been told by a Turkmenistan travel agency that they have started apply for letter of invitation for us 4 weeks ago. But they are still waiting for government to approve our LOI. Can anyone tell me if this is normal?

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Tour rout

This is what a tour company suggested for a 10-day Tour.
I have no maximum number of days to visit, except for not wanting to break the bank.

What do you recommend I add to this itinerary?
Or remove/replace with?
Is there a city, town, National Park you recommend I stay longer in?
Keep in mind, I do enjoy hiking and prefer nature over cities.

Ashgabad (2 nights)
Mary
Turkmenabat
Koyten (2 nights)
Back to Turkmenabat
Dashoguz
Koneurgench
Darwaza
Back to Ashgabad and depart

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Hi friends.

An spanish man will spend two hours in Turkmenistan, just in the airport. Does he need a n airport transit visa? How can we guess that?

Thanks!

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Hi Friends,

I'm planning a bicycle tour. I hope to take the ferry from Baku to Turkmenbashi, then cycle into Uzbekistan. The route I hope to do is Turkmenbashi to Konye-Urgench, via Kaplankyr Reserve.

I understand that permission to enter reserves should be sought when applying for visas. But I have not found any information about travelers going through the Kaplankyr Reserve, nor about likelihood of getting the permission. I even wonder if it would jeopardise my chance of getting a transit…

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I'm a Dutch national, planning to travel on my own in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Now that I'll be in Central Asia, I'd like to visit the Darvaza Gas Crater in Turkmenistan as well. My plan is to enter Turkmenistan overland from Uzbekistan, visit the crater, spend a day in Ashgabat and then fly from there to Almaty in Kazakhstan (so I don't need an Uzbek multiple entry visa).

Could I do this with a transit visa? Or can I only use a transit visa to go Uzbekistan to Iran? I don't want to go to…

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visas

Hi all,i am looking at travelling around central asia around august,september,October,and have heard how difficult it is to see Turkmenistan.I understand it is very difficult to obtain a visa for a longer visit than a transit visa(which I have heard is refused 50% of the time).....my question is this....is it actually worth the difficulty?