Getting a Visa for Turkmenistan


There are two types of visas that tourists can use. The first is a tourist visa , and the other is a transit visa .


Tourist visas

The process for getting a tourist visa is that you book a tour through a tourism agency, then they will apply to the State Migration Service for your Letter of Invitation (LOI). Dependent on your nationality and the specific information that you provide them with, the approval rate for most Western passports is about 90%. Once you have the LOI, you can get the visa at any embassy, the airport on arrival, or most land borders on arrival, and there are no further checks or possibilities of rejection – the LOI is the key.

“What counts as a tour?” you may ask. Within Ashgabat only your accommodation needs to be booked, you can then have “free time” to explore the city by yourself. So if all you want to see is Ashgabat, the definition of “tour” is actually quite relaxed. However, outside of Ashgabat you must have all your transport booked as well, and have an “escort” with you. If you're travelling by car, the driver counts as your escort, though many people choose to also have an English speaking guide with them as well.


How it works when you book a tour

Booking a tour is the easiest and most effective way to get a visa. All you need to do is book your tour and send us a few documents which we'll ask you for. We then do all the hard work by putting together and submitting your LOI application. All you need to do is sit back and wait for us to get back to you with the results of your application. Assuming your application is approved, the easiest thing to do is just get your visa on arrival at the airport, or at a land border, depending on where you’re arriving.


What if your LOI is rejected

There are many reasons your LOI application could be rejected, such as nationality, type of work, social media presence, and many other things. If there’s anything about your application that makes you seem high risk we will let you know and work with you to make your chances of approval as high as possible. There is unfortunately always a risk of rejection though, and can be completely random. If that happens we can re-apply for you, either for the same tour, or for a future tour, depending on the exact circumstances of your rejection.

Please be honest with us on your application and give us as much chance as possible, so that we have the best possible chance of getting you approved.

Read more about LOIs here .


Transit visas

Transit visas have the advantage of not requiring a Letter of Invitation (LOI) from a tourism agency, and therefore you don't need to be accompanied by an escort while you're there. However, it comes with several disadvantages as well. It is only for upto 5 days, often 3, and you must be transiting through the country ie. travelling between two countries that don't share a border, for example Uzbekistan to Iran, or Azerbaijan to Uzbekistan. You must have the visas for both of those countries already approved before you can even apply for a Turkmen transit visa. Transit visas also take 2-4 weeks to process at most embassies, and unfortunately about 80% of transit visa applications get rejected, and this number has been steadily rising over the past several years.


Is Turkmenistan currently open?

Yes!

It was a long wait, and they ended up being closed for 3 years for COVID, but the borders have finally re-opened. Read more about it here .




Example Tours

5 Stans Summer Tour
Designed to be done in either one big tour, or in smaller sections, this tour is for anyone who wants to experience all the variety that Central Asia has to offer.

June 19, 2024
18 days
US$2680.00
5 Stans Summer Tour
In Progress
5 Stans Autumn Whirlwind Tour
A great snapshot into 5 amazing countries.

Sept. 7, 2024
23 days
US$3825.00
5 Stans Autumn Whirlwind Tour
Bookings closed!
5 Stans Autumn Original Tour
Taking the scenic route from Astana to Ashgabat, this tour covers everything that makes Central Asia so special, including the World Nomad Games and Turkmenistan Independence Day.

Sept. 7, 2024
27 days
US$4325.00
5 Stans Autumn Original Tour
Bookings Closing Soon
5 Stans Autumn Mega Tour
Bishkek to Bukhara, Astana to Ashgabat, and everything in between. This epic tour will take you right across Central Asia through canyons and gorges, cosmopolitan cities, across land borders, and even to a fiery crater.

Sept. 7, 2024
32 days
US$4945.00
5 Stans Autumn Mega Tour
Bookings Closing Soon
Turkmenistan Independence Day Whirlwind Tour
The tour for anyone who loves to see a spectacle!

Sept. 26, 2024
4 days
US$995.00
Turkmenistan Independence Day Whirlwind Tour
Bookings closed!
The Original Turkmenistan Independence Day Tour
Some epic special events, the Gates of Hell, and Turkmenistan's favourite beach resort.

Sept. 26, 2024
8 days
US$1495.00
The Original Turkmenistan Independence Day Tour
Bookings Closing Soon
Turkmenistan Independence Day Mega Tour
Starting with the spectacular Independence Day events, we'll visit the Gates of Hell, Yangykala Canyon, and loads of other places you've never heard of in this mega version of the tour.

Sept. 26, 2024
13 days
US$2195.00
Turkmenistan Independence Day Mega Tour
Bookings Closing Soon
Turkmenistan Easter Tour
From a fiery crater to a colourful canyon, a beach resort to a mountain village, and a glistening capital to an ancient city. This tour gives a glimpse of all our favourite spots in Turkmenistan.

April 19, 2025
8 days
US$1495.00
Turkmenistan Easter Tour
Turkmenistan Extension
For those who want to see more of Turkmenistan while you're already there for the 5 Stans Summer Tour, exploring the west of the country, as well as Ashgabat and the Gates of Hell.

June 15, 2025
5 days
US$820.00
Turkmenistan Extension
Turkmenistan Summer Tour
Where better to spend your summer holidays than in Turkmenistan?

June 15, 2025
7 days
US$1440.00
Turkmenistan Summer Tour
5 Stans Summer Tour
This is the tour for anyone who wants to get a great snapshot of what Central Asia has to offer. Can be done all in one whack, or in smaller sections, whatever you like!

June 19, 2025
18 days
US$2680.00
5 Stans Summer Tour
Turkmenistan Independence Day Whirlwind Tour
For those who want to see the coolest Independence Day in the world, but only have a couple of days to do it in.

Sept. 26, 2025
4 days
US$995.00
Turkmenistan Independence Day Whirlwind Tour
The Original Turkmenistan Independence Day Tour
We were the very first to ever have foreigners attend the Independence Day events in Ashgabat, and we're still super excited by it every year!

Sept. 26, 2025
8 days
US$1495.00
The Original Turkmenistan Independence Day Tour
Turkmenistan Independence Day Mega Tour
Exclusive access to the epic Independence Day events, plus all the must-sees such as the Gates of Hell and Yangykala Canyon. But that's not all! This mega version of the tour also ventures into the far east to some of the least visited parts of the world.

Sept. 26, 2025
12 days
US$2195.00
Turkmenistan Independence Day Mega Tour
Turkmenistan New Year Tour
What better way to bring in the New Year than in Ashgabat!

Dec. 30, 2023
7 days
US$1350.00
Turkmenistan New Year Tour
Completed
Turkmenistan Easter Tour
Ashgabat to Avaza, a canyon and a crater, and a bunch of other cool stuff, we hope you'll fall in love with Turkmenistan as much as we have!

March 30, 2024
8 days
US$1395.00
Turkmenistan Easter Tour
Completed
Turkmenistan Comprehensive Tour
We'll do everything you've heard of, plus some really wacky places that you've never heard of!

March 30, 2024
13 days
US$2015.00
Turkmenistan Comprehensive Tour
Completed
Turkmenistan Carpet Day Tour
If you thought Turkmenistan was an exciting destination, imagine seeing it on Carpet Day!

May 20, 2024
8 days
US$1495.00
Turkmenistan Carpet Day Tour
Completed
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Comprehensive Carpet Day Tour
From the ever-so Turkmen Carpet Day festivities, to the flaming Gates of Hell, the desolation of the Aral Sea, to the beauty of the Registan, this tour is for those who really want to delve into these two countries.

May 20, 2024
17 days
US$2795.00
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan Comprehensive Carpet Day Tour
Completed
Turkmenistan Carpet Day Budget Tour
A great way to see a unique and very Turkmen event - who else has a National Carpet Day?!

May 24, 2024
4 days
US$995.00
Turkmenistan Carpet Day Budget Tour
Completed
Turkmenistan Extension
Continues on to the 5 Stans Tour, for anyone who wants to see more of Turkmenistan while you're already there.

June 15, 2024
5 days
US$820.00
Turkmenistan Extension
Completed
Turkmenistan Summer Tour
A week in Turkmenistan, why not? You'll get everything from a crazy marble city, to a cemetery adorned with the horns of mountain goats, and everything in between.

June 15, 2024
7 days
US$1440.00
Turkmenistan Summer Tour
Completed

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