Turkmenistan has not officially acknowledged any cases of COVID-19 within its borders and may be disinclined to do so if cases were confirmed. The U.S. Embassy has received reports of local citizens with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 undergoing COVID-19 testing and being placed in quarantine in infectious diseases hospitals for up to fourteen days.
Individuals are highly encouraged to wear facial masks in public settings.
All international flights to and from Turkmenistan have been cancelled and land borders are closed to passenger traffic. International flight restrictions are expected to continue at least through August 30th, 2020.
Newspapers report domestic railway traffic suspensions between July 14-23.
The Government of Turkmenistan indicated that tourism to Awaza (on the Caspian Sea) has been restricted through August 31st as a precautionary measure related to COVID-19.
Entry and Exit Document Requirements
At this time, there are no scheduled international flights into or out of Turkmenistan, including medical evacuation flights. Any privately arranged international charter flight, including medevac flights, must use Turkmenabat Airport, which is 290 miles by air and 385 miles by road from Ashgabat.
Private U.S. citizens who intend to depart Turkmenistan will be required to provide a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours prior to departure. Tests are offered in Ashgabat at Jemgyyetcilik Saglygy we Iymit Merkezi (the Virology Laboratory of the Public Health and Nutrition Center) on Gorgoly 84, Ashgabat. Test costs are 100 manat for citizens of Turkmenistan and for foreign citizens.
Private U.S. citizens who intend to travel to Turkmenistan in the future should be aware that they will be required to provide a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours before departure from the United States or point of travel origin in order to enter Turkmenistan and will be tested again upon arrival. For further guidance on this requirement, travelers may contact the Embassy of Turkmenistan.
Any American citizen seeking information on flights departing Turkmenistan may contact us at [email protected]
Incoming travelers should be aware that they will be required to undergo medical screening and testing for COVID-19, and mandatory quarantine at local medical facilities regardless of test results.
Medical protocols in Turkmenistan are not consistent with U.S. standards, and some incoming travelers were required to undergo medical testing unrelated to COVID-19.
The U.S. Embassy recommends that its citizens decline any medical procedures beyond routine, non-invasive medical examinations or temperature checks.
Contact the U.S. Embassy via telephone number +993 12 940045 if you are subject to quarantine or prior to undergoing any invasive medical procedures.
The Government of Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline (tel. +993 12 73 9535) where citizens may receive information (in both Russian and Turkmen languages) about the virus, including prevention and treatment.
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