Turkmenistan: travel information, diplomatic representations
How to get to Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan Airlines (T5) has flights to Ashgabat from London, as well as
connections to Istanbul, Abu Dhabi and Karachi. Lufthansa (LH) also flies to
Travel in the country
There are bus connections to all major cities and the capitals of neighboring
The total length of the country roads is around 24,000 km, of which around
19,490 km are asphalted. There are roads to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and to Mashad
and Tehran in Iran. The main road runs parallel to the railway line. There is
also a road from Ashgabat to the north through the Karakoram Desert. The route
through the desert is 500 km long and leads to Tashaus and Kunya-Urgench.
Cars Rental cars can be rented from some major hotels.
Taxis and chauffeured cars are available in all major cities. The majority have
no license; the fare should definitely be negotiated beforehand. Since many
street names have changed since independence, the destination should be given
with the new and the old name.
The total length of the rail network is around 2,440 km. The Trans-Caspian
Railway runs from Turkmenbashi via Ashgabat and Mary to Tschardschau and on to
Bukhara (Uzbekistan). There are two night connections from Ashgabat to
Turkmenabat, one train continues to Dashgouz, another via Mary to Gushgy.
For safety reasons, the compartment should be locked during night train
There are connections from Turkmenbaschi to Baku in Azerbaijan and occasionally
to Astrakhan in the Russian Federation via the Caspian Sea.
Turkmenistan Airlines (T5) flies to Ashgabad, Dashgouz, Mary, Tschardschau,
Turkmenabat and Turkmenbaschi as well as Kerki and Balkanabat once a day. Air
tickets must be paid for in Turkmen currency.
International license plate
Abbreviationfinder, Turkmenistan's international license plate is:
Visit Countryaah for a full list of Turkmenistan embassies and consulates in each
country around the world.
Representations of Turkmenistan in Germany
The building of the embassy of Turkmenistan is located on Langobardenallee
near Theodor-Heuss-Platz in the Berlin district of
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. One can reach the embassy with the underground line
2 via the underground station Theodor-Heuss-Platz. From there it is a few 100 m
to the embassy via Pommernallee. The underground line 2 runs between the
stations "Pankow" and "Ruhleben".
Embassy of the Republic of Turkmenistan in Berlin
Tel: 0049 - (0) 30 - 30 10 24 52
Email: [email protected]
German representation in Turkmenistan
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in
Hotel "Ak Altyn"
74 40 00 Ashgabat
Tel: 0099 - 312 - 36 35 15
Email: [email protected]
Austrian representation in Turkmenistan
The embassy in Kazakhstan is responsible.
Representation of Turkmenistan in Austria
Embassy of Turkmenistan in Vienna
Argentinierstraße 22/Stg. II/EG
Tel: 0043 - (0) 1 - 503 64 70/-72
Swiss representation in Turkmenistan
The embassy in Azerbaijan is responsible.
Representation of Turkmenistan in Switzerland
Turkmenistan does not have any diplomatic missions in Switzerland.
Entry and exit regulations
The visa required to enter Turkmenistan will only be issued if an invitation
has been received from a private or official body in Turkmenistan. Some travel
agencies in Germany offer the collection of invitations and visas as a special
service. Transit visas are usually only available with the support of a
(Turkmen) travel agency. The Turkmen embassy in Berlin can provide information
on the current visa requirements, regulations for bringing foreign currency and
Import and export of foreign currency
- Local currency
The import and export of the local currency is only permitted for Turkmen
- Foreign currencies
The import of foreign currencies is unlimited, but must be declared. The
export is only possible up to the amount declared upon entry.
Import and export of goods
Goods for personal use may be imported.
When entering the country, however, a customs declaration must be filled out,
which must be presented upon departure.
Travel medicine, vaccinations and warnings
In Turkmenistan, the following infectious diseases, which are rarely or
rarely widespread in Germany or Central and Northern Europe, are to be expected:
- Malaria: There is a very low risk of malaria in the
country. Almost all infections are caused by tertian malaria.
- Cholera - an infection risk exists only for those
travelers who may come into contact with polluted water or contaminated
- Intestinal infections from contaminated food or water,
including amoebas, lamblia, salmonella, shigella, worm infestation and all
kinds of viruses and bacteria.
- Hepatitis A and B
- Rabies - only applies to people who can come into
contact with infected animals.
- Typhoid - however, there is only a risk of infection
for travelers who come into contact with polluted water or contaminated
when traveling to Turkmenistan are recommended vaccinations against the
- Cholera - among travelers who may come into contact
with polluted water or food.
- Diphtheria - a vaccination against diphtheria should
always exist, also in the home country.
- Hepatitis A and B
- Tetanus - a vaccination against tetanus should always
exist, also in the home country.
- Rabies - only applies to high-risk travelers who may
come into contact with the vector animals.
- Typhoid - only for travelers who may come into contact
with polluted water or contaminated food.
If the side effects of malaria prophylaxis seem questionable
(especially since the risk of infection is low), you should consider carrying a "stand-by
Compulsory vaccination There are no vaccination
Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany
Telephone: 0049 - (0) 30 - 5000 - 2000
Turkmenistan: currency, shopping
The local currency of Turkmenistan:
Turkmenistani manat (TMM) = 100 tenge.
Shop opening times
- Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Closed Saturday and Sunday.
The bazaars open at the beginning of dawn.
Inexpensive or country-specific goods, souvenirs
At the Sunday market in Ashgabat you can buy the famous Bukhara
carpets, which are made in Turkmenistan and not, as one might think, in Bukhara,
Uzbekistan. Turkmen handicrafts, silver and items of clothing such as the
sheepskin hats typical of the country are popular souvenirs. In the central
bazaar, food and various curios are offered.