TURKMENISTAN TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia bordered by the Caspian Sea and largely covered by the Karakum Desert. It’s known for archaeological ruins including those at Nisa and Merv, major stops along the ancient trade route the Silk Road. Ashgabat, the capital, was rebuilt in Soviet-style in the mid-20th century and is filled with grand monuments honouring former president Saparmurat Niyazov.

 

Turkmenistan is a very unusual regime. The government is in firm control of nearly everything. Officially tourism is welcomed, but the requirement for expensive guided tours may discourage visitors. The presence of police and military personnel which will watch your every move and prohibit photographing of even mundane objects, make Turkmenistan the least friendly of the Stans.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Turkmenistan has suspended all flights into the country, except for repatriation flights for Turkmen nationals, accredited diplomats, permanently registered foreigners and some employees of international companies and organizations.International flight restrictions are expected to continue at least through August 30th.Travelers are required to have a health report issued within 72 hours of departure from the health organizations of the country they are arriving from that shows that they have undergone the coronavirus (COVID-19) check and tested negative.They will be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon entering the country.

 

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  • Capital: Ashgabat
  • Currency: Turkmen manat (TMT)
  • Area: 488,100 km²
  • Population: 5,851 million (2018)
  • Language: Turkmen 72%, Russian 12%, Uzbek 9%, Kazakh 7%
  • Religion: Muslim 89%, Eastern Orthodox 9%, unknown 2%
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 12 January, Memorial Day
  • 19 February, Flag Day
  • 8 March, Turkmen Women’s Day
  • 20/21 March, Nowruz
  • 9 May, Victory Day
  • 18 May, Day of Revival, Unity, and the Poetry of Magtymguly
  • 6 October, Earthquake Commemoration Day (1948)
  • 27 October, Independence Day

12 December, Neutrality Day

Also, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Turkmenistan experiences a continental climate. Winter months can be extremely cold and by contrast, July and August are boiling hot, particularly in the desert regions. Ashgabat can soar to well over 40°C in July and drop to -5°C in winter. You might catch a shower in early May or November, but Turkmenistan is typically very dry. Nights in the desert can be chilly, so be prepared with extra layers if you’re camping.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time to enjoy outdoor activities in Turkmenistan is from March to May and again from September to November, when the temperatures are somewhat more moderate. The winter months can be extremely cold and in contrast, July and August are boiling hot, particularly in the desert regions.

BEACH:

Despite its location on the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan is not a beach holiday destination!

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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