Learn More: Health Declaration
Due to recent measures taken by governments to tackle Covid-19, visitors will be required to present Health Declarations, Medical Declarations, or Self-Declarations Health Form for entry Turkmenistan. iVisa.com, in its effort to help all customers fulfill their travel dreams, designed these required documents for you to travel safely.
It DOES NOT replace a visa. If your country requires a visa, the immigration officers will ask for your Visa when you enter the country. Keep in mind some nationalities will require a paper visa. If that is your case, we suggest you contact your local embassy.
Required Documents to Apply
A current valid passport, with at least 6-month validity.
A credit/debit card or a PayPal account.
Only complete this form if you are planning to travel within the next 3 months. Requests to travel outside of 3 months will not be considered. Check the website regularly as travel restrictions are subject to change.
All travelers arriving in Turkmenistan must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities in their port of arrival.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Turkmenistan is a hidden gem of Central Asia. This country truly defines the quote that “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” They say that even an experienced traveler will get astonished by Turkmenistan’s travel experience. Despite being similar in size to the country of Spain, this country remains unknown to many people. It is one of the least traveled of all the ‘stans’ because of the difficulties in the past to obtain visas and because of the country’s isolation policy. You can only visit Turkmenistan and get a visa through an authorized travel agency or a sponsor. This country’s visa policy is quite strict. A visa is mandatory before visiting Turkmenistan, but you will also require visa support (invitation) before applying for the visa.
Turkmenistan is popularly known as a desert country with lots of sights, monuments, unique culture, folklore, and scenic beauty that have been conserved since ancient times. You will get the opportunity here to dive into history as few things are rebuilt. You can find relics all over the country but Merv is the most important site. So start your tour by visiting Merv. Then you should visit the city of Ashgabat. At first, there is a possibility that you might dislike Ashgabat, but as you learn the ropes and get used to its very weird no-photo policy and the lack of locals walking around the city during the day, you will start enjoying this white marble city as it is. However, there are some places in the city where photo taking is allowed. They are quite a sight to behold. If you like the over-the-top style of architecture, you will love the city of Ashgabat. Oguzhan Palace and the Russian Bazaar are also interesting to see but taking pictures is not allowed as it is near a military barracks. Ashgabat also has an opera and a ballet theatre, which shows both Russian and European works and a drama theatre. You will also find a few restaurants which offer dancing. Take a day trip to Bakharden (56 miles) west of Ashgabat, pay a permitted admission fee, and bathe in an underground lake known as Kov Ata which is constantly fed by hot springs. Travel 12 miles east of Ashgabat to the modern town of Anau, and explore the remains of Anau’s famous mosque which it reversed for its striking mosaic tiles and 8m-long dragons. Next visit to see the marvelous white marble Palace of Turkmenbashi and the museums, including the carpet museums and the National Museum of Turkmenistan, and hit the viewing platform of the Arch of Neutrality, a 75m high monument with a revolving golden statue of the late President Niyazov. Next, go to Avaza. it is a type of Ashgabat-on-Sea. It is still overpriced for foreigners, which is too bad because it really is a nice place for a beach holiday. In summer, it is packed with Turkmen families enjoying the lovely sea air.
Visit Konye-Urgench which is locally known as the Mecca of Turkmenistan. Its ancient architecture is thought-provoking. Its particular brand of Sufism pervades every tree, well and ancient piece of brick in the country, but its odor here is particularly pungent. Between Ashgabat and Konye-Urgench lies the Darvaza Crater (the gateway to hell). It is one of the reasons why you should visit Turkmenistan in the first place. It is magical to see the unstoppable burning crater and it definitely looks like something out of this world. The crater is less impressive during day time, so, if you want to see the crater at its best, camp nearby in the desert at night for a glorious view. If you have a slightly higher budget and desire to see something truly different can get a custom tour into the heart of the Karakum desert. You may meet the locals and find yourself in a seldom-visited part of the world. Turkmenistan is at its best when you go outside of the city in a remote area and camp there. Yangykala canyon is one of the most spectacular natural sights in Turkmenistan. With its unique red, pink and orange bands that stretched across the canyon walls, it is definitely worth visiting all the way out here. You can enjoy a 180-degree view of Yangykala from above if you camp on the windy plateau above the canyon. Do not miss the breathtaking view of the sunrise and the sunset.
If you are on a tourist visa, you will be traveling with your tour guide in probably a car or a van while visiting Turkmenistan. You might also have to take a flight or travel on a train for a large transfer. If you are an independent traveler without your own means of transport, this leaves you with a train or you might have to travel by a shared taxi or you can even take a bus to your destination. All these three means would be inexpensive and relatively comfortable ways for you to get around Turkmenistan. You must know that minibuses and taxis leave only when they are full. Large buses have their own timetable and leave according to that. However, we recommend you to take a taxi or minibus for comfort and speed. In the city areas, gypsy cabs or buses will take you around.
Bazaars open at dawn. The Sunday market is the foremost market in the capital and if you are a shopaholic, we recommend this place. It is the best place in the entire world to buy the misleadingly named Bukhara rugs, which are originally made in Turkmenistan. You can buy traditional Turkmen handicrafts, silver, and costumes including the distinctive Turkmen hats made of sheepskin from a shop in the Art Gallery. Every travel destination is best known for its food and drinks. Local food is a must when you visit Turkmenistan. Turkmen food is very tasty and is almost similar to the food found in Turkey and the Middle East. Do not forget to try the most popular dish in Turkmenistan which is known as pilaf. It is cooked from lamb, carrots, rice, and onions. Sherpa is another common dish that you can try. It is a soup made with mutton broth, potatoes, and tomatoes. In the Turkmenistan culture, tea plays a very important role. Do try Gok Chai, which is the most admired type of green tea. It often contains dried fruits and many herbs (mainly mint). The legal age for alcohol consumption is 18 and the country very strictly abides by its rules.
There is not much of a nightlife that you may enjoy in this country. Avoid roaming and wandering late at night on the streets especially the northeast and east parts of the country. If you are caught wandering past 11 pm, you might face the local police and they might ask you for your documents. You will need a translator as the local police might not be familiar with English. The state claims that it is a crime-free country. No incident of mugging, pickpocketing, or anything as such has been reported. The reason might be the strict enforcement of rules by the authoritative government which is similar to that of North Korea and the accused are punished intuitively. You must note there are some no travel zones as well. Yes, you read it right. There are some areas in the country that are restricted for tourism mainly near the borders of Iran, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan and we would suggest you not unleash your adventurous self in these places or you might end up in trouble. But if you really desire to visit, you will have to take special permission from the government, which according to us would be a waste of time as they rarely give permission to tourists.
The best period to visit Turkmenistan is from the middle of March to the end of May and from the middle of September to the end of November when the temperature is more manageable. Temperature can be extreme during summer and winter so we wouldn’t recommend going during those times. The further away you are from summer, the more bearable the temperature gets as it gets extremely hot in Turkmenistan.
Turkmenistan surely has a lot of amazing places to visit and things to try out but you should remember one key point which is, due to the pandemic the Government of Turkmenistan will require you to present a health declaration form. It is a form that states that the traveler who is visiting the country will adhere to the standard protocol so as to stop the spread of the covid-19 virus. You must have a printed medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is also required if you are a traveler from an infected area. The application form is online-based and doesn’t take a lot of time. Visit iVisa.com for a tension-free experience and we promise to take care of all your worries. We will guide you through the whole process and make it extremely easy for you. If you have further queries, do not worry as we are available around the clock to help you with your queries. iVisa.com aims at providing you with the most relaxed, convenient, and user-friendly experience. We will not only help you out with your documentation procedure but will also deliver your documents to you with utmost safety. You must know that the Turkmenistan Health Declaration form is not a substitute for your visa required to enter the country. You will need to produce your visa along with the form. To learn about more such information, contact us today. We assure you of the safety of your information as here at iVisa.com, we firmly believe in the confidentiality and protection of your personal information. You may also read the reviews of our clients who have put their trust in us and have traveled with us. So what are you waiting for? Back your bags and get going to Turkmenistan.
Have a lovely trip!