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Turkmenistan Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
British Yes No Yes
Australian Yes No Yes
Canadian Yes No Yes
USA Yes No Yes
EU Yes No Yes


To enter Turkmenistan, a passport valid for six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.


Visas for Turkmenistan are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. A letter of invitation is required to apply for a visa. This must be certified by the State Migration Service of Turkmenistan. If you are travelling as a tourist, this can be issued by a travel agency in Turkmenistan.

Visa Note

You must not overstay your visa. You should also register with the State Service of Turkmenistan for the Registration of Foreign Nationals within three days of arrival.

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Types and Cost

Dependent upon nationality and duration of stay. Single- and multiple-entry visas can be granted for anything from 10 days to 12 months with costs varying from US$35 for a 10-day single-entry visa to US$515 for a 12-month multiple-entry visa. Fees are doubled for an express service.

You must also fill out an immigration card upon entry for which a US$14 charge applies.


Subject to the nature of the visit and the discretion of the authorities in Turkmenistan.


If you are travelling through Turkmenistan by train, you must obtain a transit visa. 

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy). Visas are issued at the airport in Ashgabat and the ferry port at Turkmenbashi, but prior approval from the Turkmenistan Migration Service is needed. It is, however, highly recommended that you obtain a visa before leaving for Turkmenistan; there have been cases of airline staff not allowing passengers to board flights without a visa.

Working days

Allow seven to 10 days for visa processing. An express service of two to three days is available for double the usual cost of the visa.

Compulsary Registration

You must fill out an immigration card upon entry for which a US$25 charge applies. You also need to pay the registration fee of 14 TMT. 

This page reflects our understanding of current rules for the most common types of travel to the said country. However, please note that each authority sets and forces entry rules, hence we strongly recommend that you verify critical information with the relevant embassy before travel.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of Turkmenistan in the USA

2207 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 588 1500.

Address: NW, 2207 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, 20008,
Opening times:

Embassy of Turkmenistan in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7255 1071.
Address: 14-17 Wells Street, 2nd Floor,St George's House, London, W1T 3PD,
Opening times:

Mon-Fri 1000-1700.

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