Foreign travel advice



A number of car-free days are likely to be introduced by the government leading up to the Asian indoor and martial art games (AIMAG) taking place from 17 to 27 September 2017. Dates are likely to be announced at short notice and it’s likely no vehicles will be allowed in the city between 7am and 7pm. During AIMAG there will be severe disruption to Ashgabat’s road network, with many roads around the Olympic Village closed to normal traffic. Buses and state taxis from the airport to the city will run normally.

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.