COVID-19 Information

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Last updated: July 29, 2022

 

*** As of June 12, 2022, the CDC order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded.  Starting June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States.  Of note, CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.  For more information see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers.

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions

Country-Specific Information

  • 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. We urge U.S. citizens in Turkmenistan to mitigate the possible spread of disease and to continue to wear facial coverings, practice physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and enhanced disinfection measures per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • All local restrictions are subject to frequent change with little or no advance notice.  Masks are currently required for all indoor settings, including while riding/driving in a vehicle.
  • Some international commercial flights have resumed, but demand for the limited available seats is extremely high. Please contact individual airlines about ticketing procedures prior to making any reservations online. A small number of Charter flights are also organized by Foreign Missions and private companies. Non-commercial land border crossings continue to require prior government approval.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Turkmenistan? Yes.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes.
  • Private foreign citizens—including U.S. citizens—who intend to depart Turkmenistan are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • COVID-19 testing is offered in Ashgabat at Jemgyyetcilik Saglygy we Iymit Merkezi (the Virology Laboratory of the Public Health and Nutrition Center) on Gorgoly 84, Ashgabat. The test costs 100 manat for citizens of Turkmenistan and $43 for foreign citizens. Individuals are responsible for the entire cost of COVID-19 tests
  • Test results are available for pickup from the testing center as a physical copy only.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Turkmenistan approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
  • Are vaccines available in Turkmenistan for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Turkmenistan? The government of Turkmenistan has publicly announced approval of the Sputnik V, Sinopharm, Sinovac, and EpiVacCorona vaccines, though other vaccines may be available. Please monitor local media for more information and contact the Embassy’s American Citizen Services unit with any questions at ConsularAshgab@state.gov.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • U.S. citizens who intend to travel to Turkmenistan should be aware that they will be required to provide a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test and a serology test certificate confirming the presence of COVID-19 antibodies (IgM, IgG), both taken within 48 hours of entering Turkmenistan. Upon arrival, all travelers must take another government administered PCR test, including oral and nasal swabs, at the travelers’ own expense. The cost for the PCR test for foreign citizens is $44.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • U.S. citizens in Turkmenistan who require visa extensions should request the extension through the State Migration Service in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
    • There are restrictions on interstate railroad travel, air travel, and bus travel. These are subject to change without warning.

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • NOTE: The government of Turkmenistan can and does change quarantine requirements and arrival procedures for private citizens with little advance notice. The Embassy makes every effort to provide the most up to date information. However, travelers may be informed upon arrival of new requirements. For further guidance on quarantine requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Washington DC.
    • Mandatory medical screening and quarantine is required for all private citizens upon arrival in Turkmenistan.  The amount of time private citizens must spend in quarantine remains inconsistent, ranging from at-home quarantine for 7 days to quarantine in a designated facility for up to 14 days. A COVID-19 PCR test must be taken upon completion of quarantine at the traveler’s expense. The cost of the test for foreign citizens is $43.
    • Mandatory medical screening and quarantine are also required for all U.S. citizens traveling to Turkmenistan from abroad on a diplomatic, official, or service passport. Diplomatic or official personnel are currently required to quarantine for at least 7 days in their residences under medical supervision. A COVID-19 test must be taken upon completion of isolation or quarantine at the traveler’s expense. The cost of the test for foreign citizens is $43.
    • Medical protocols in Turkmenistan are not consistent with U.S. standards, and in the past some U.S. citizens were required to undergo medical testing unrelated to COVID-19 while in quarantine. The U.S. Embassy recommends that its citizens decline any medical procedures beyond routine, non-invasive medical examination, or temperature checks.
    • Contact the U.S. Embassy via telephone number +993 12 940045 or at ConsularAshgab@state.gov if you are a U.S. citizen planning to travel to Turkmenistan.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? A small number of commercial flights have resumed with extremely limited available seating and unclear ticketing procedures
  • U.S. citizens that are experiencing problems with departure are recommended to register in STEP.
  • In general, citizens of Turkmenistan still face departure restrictions and these restrictions apply to U.S. Lawful Permanent residents.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required in all in door settings, including public transit.

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • While government guidance is not always clear, individuals who do not wear face coverings in indoor places, including while driving in an automobile, may be subject to fines.

Consular Operations

Local Resources:

  • The government of Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Health has established a COVID-19 hotline (tel. +993 12 73 9535) where citizens may receive information about the virus, including prevention and treatment, in both Russian and Turkmen languages.

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