Dangers & Annoyances

  • Take care when photographing public buildings, especially in Ashgabat. Local police take this seriously and you may have your documents checked even if simply strolling near the Presidential Palace with a camera in your hand. There are no ‘no photo’ signs anywhere, so you’ll need to ask the nearest policeman if it’s OK to take a picture.
  • Smoking is heavily regulated – if in doubt, smoke only where locals are doing so as there can be serious penalties for smoking outside of designated areas.