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Before you go

In preparation for your trip through Turkmenistan, please bear in mind the following:

  • Bring cash USD bank notes (do not rely on EURO, credit cards or travelers cheques for your local expenses in Turkmenistan; visa, migration tax and vehicle transit costs can be paid in cash USD exclusively)
  • Bring some paper copies of your passport, while our staff takes your original passport for the registration on arrival procedure, that is usually done on the first working day after your first night’s accommodation in a hotel or motel.
  • Bring a mobile phone in order to contact our agency in case of unexpected delays in arriving at the Turkmen border; this way we can also contact you as soon as your LOI scan is waiting in your email inbox. A mobile phone is particularly useful for contact with us from Baku, in case you plan to take the cargo ferry to Turkmenbashi
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Visa

To enter Turkmenistan all leisure travelers are required to have a transit or tourist visa. The tourist visas are delivered on the basis of an approved visa support letter, also referred to as a Letter of Invitation (LOI). OWADAN Tourism is a licensed tourism travel agency in Turkmenistan that can provide you with the Letter of Invitation. The LOI requires usually 6-11 working days to process. Once the LOI is has been issued/approved, we will send a scanned copy of it to you by email.
 
With an approved LOI you can apply for your visa at a Turkmen embassy or consulate abroad, or obtain it directly at the Turkmen land border at Gaudan (Bajgiran/Mashhad, Iran), Farab (Bukhara, Uzbekistan), Shavat (Khiva, Uzbekistan), Khojeyli (Nukus, Uzbekistan); at Bekdash (Aktau, Kazakhstan), or at the international airport in Ashgabat upon arrival. Visa are not issued at the land borders of Serakhs (Iran), Serhetabat (Afghanistan) and Turkmenbashi (the Caspian Sea Port).
 
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By air

Turkmenistan airlines operate regular air connections from Ashgabat to five other major Turkmenistan cities (Turkmenabat, Mary, Dashoguz, Turkmenbashi, and Balkanabad). Infrequent flights operate between some of these cities as well. Flight and time tables are regularly updated; when composing itineraries our team will be able to suggest to you the use the most optimal air connections.
Domestic flights are inexpensive. Flights are serviced by 717 Boeing aircrafts. Air tickets can be purchased through our company. Turkmenistan Airlines authorities set up a maximum baggage allowance of 20 kg (this is including hand luggage).

By rail

These same five major Turkmenistan cities are also easily accessible by rail from Ashgabat. Turkmen State Railways has recently obtained new train compartments and locomotives, which allows for comfortable travel conditions in both summer heat and winter cold. Most trains operate night services. Tickets can be purchased through our company.

By road

The Turkmenistan road network is relatively well-developed. Motorists have at their disposal a extensive network of fuel stations run by the Turkmen National Oil Company. Most stations, especially those on intercity routes, are open 24 hours. Almost all fuel stations sell a range of fuel, including standard (92 octane) and super (95 octane) as well as diesel and car accessories.

Our transport fleet

Owadan Tourism owns a vehicle fleet that is made up of several comfortable air-conditioned city cars, four-wheel drives, minibuses and buses. These are based in Ashgabat. Several additional city cars, four-wheel drives and buses are based in other large cities in the country, for easy response to last-minute travel changes, airport-hotel transfers, or border transfers.

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Get to

The international airport of Ashgabat is one of Turkmenistan’s major gateways.  The National Airline of Turkmenistan (Turkmenistan Airlines, abbreviation T5) operates regular flights to Frankfurt, Moscow, Sankt-Petersburg, Kazan, Minsk, Almaty, London, Birmingham, Istanbul, Ankara, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Delhi, Peking and Bangkok. Since independence the national airline of Turkmenistan has completely replenished its fleet with Boeing aircrafts.

 

Several foreign air-carriers operate flights to Ashgabat: Turkish Airlines, FlyDubai, Belavia and S7/Siberia Airlines. Turkish Airlines has daily flights between Istanbul and Ashgabat, and is most frequently used by travelers coming from Europe. FlyDubai has three flights from Dubai to Ashgabat, and is most frequently used by travelers coming from Australia, Japan and USA. For more details on these international flights, please check out the internet or contact us.

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When to go

Turkmenistan’s climate is extremely continental with hot, dry summers. Midsummer temperature can reach 45 °C.  However, such temperatures are quite bearable because of the very low humidity.

Winter is mild with average temperatures below freezing for only a few days in January and February. However, in the north of the country winter is severe. January temperatures in Dashoguz average - 23 degrees Celsius. Most rainfall occurs in March and April.

Spring (April-June) and autumn (August-October) are the best seasons to visit Turkmenistan.

 

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