Foreign travel advice
17 August 2017 is a car free day in Ashgabat to mark the 30 day countdown for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. No vehicles will be allowed to enter the city between 7am and 7pm. Public transport isn’t affected. Buses and state taxis will operate from the airport into the city.
On 1 August 2017 a new “tourism tax” was introduced. All foreign visitors, with the exception of accredited diplomats, are charged USD 2 for each day of their stay in Turkmenistan. The British Embassy is still awaiting official clarification of the full regulations of the new tax from the authorities, but hotels have already implemented this new policy and include the tax as a separate item on guests’ hotel bills.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Turkmenistan, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
You should carry identification at all times. The police often carry out checks.
Visa requirements are strict. You should contact the Turkmen Embassy in London well in advance of travel. If you are staying for more than 3 days, you will also need to register with the State Migration Service. Don’t overstay your visa. See Entry Requirements
If you need to contact the emergency services, call 01 (from landline) or 001 (from mobile) for fire, 02 (from landline) 002 (from mobile) for police, and 03 (from landline) 003 (from mobile) for an ambulance.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.