Latest updates from the U.S. Embassy Ashgabat:
- Message for U.S. Citizens: Charter Flight Departing Turkmenistan (March 26, 2020)
- U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States (March 23, 2020)
- Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel (March 21, 2020) (Travel.State.Gov)
- Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (March 20, 2020)
- Temporary Closure of American Spaces to the Public (March 19, 2020)
- Alert: Non-Emergency Consular Services Closure (March 18, 2020)
- All Alerts and Messages
March 17, 2020 Update: Currently, private U.S. citizens are not permitted to enter Turkmenistan until April 1, 2020. There are few commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan.
- Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- On February 17, 2020, the Government of Turkmenistan announced that citizens of all countries in which there are confirmed cases of COVID-19, or travelers who have recently visited a country with confirmed cases—which includes the United States—will be subject to initial medical screening at border checkpoints and ports of entry, and possibly to involuntary quarantine for an unspecified period of time. U.S. citizens may be sent to quarantine even if asymptomatic and even if they are not traveling to or from countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- On March 3, Government of Turkmenistan provided updated guidance requesting that foreign travelers limit travel to Turkmenistan for business or private purposes until April 1, 2020. It has come to the attention of the Embassy that private citizens who are traveling from the United States and other countries with several cases of COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter Turkmenistan.
- On March 4, the government of Turkmenistan began to redirect all international flights to Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan, which is 291 miles from Ashgabat.
- In order to enter the country, U.S. citizens are required to provide their passport and a letter of invitation or a visa as well as lab results indicating they are COVID-19 free in order to prevent the spread of the disease. We understand that the Embassy of Turkmenistan in the United States will be closed for routine business until April 1, 2020 which will impact the ability to obtain consular services.
- The number of commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan has been reduced dramatically in recent weeks and several airlines no longer fly to Turkmenistan.
- Travelers from countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases who are admitted to Turkmenistan, even if asymptomatic, may be taken to an infectious disease hospital or other quarantine facility for further testing and may be required to spend up to 24 days in the hospital before being permitted to continue their visit. Travelers will be required to pay for medical tests and any required stay in quarantine which have cost a minimum of three hundred U.S. dollars and can only be paid in cash. In order to be released from the clinic, travelers may be asked to provide a letter from their employer or sponsor guaranteeing medical cost coverage and that the traveler will self-quarantine if directed to do so.
- It has come to our attention that travelers have been required to undergo medical testing and procedures that are unrelated to COVID-19, including but not limited to HIV testing. The U.S. Embassy recommends that its citizens decline any invasive medical procedures as we cannot guarantee that all medical protocols comply with U.S. standards.
- Due to the possibility of quarantine for an unspecified period of time even if no symptoms are present, the Embassy strongly recommends that travelers carry additional supplies of necessary medication in carry-on luggage as well as key contact information such as local tour operator telephone numbers. Travelers may not have access to checked luggage.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy telephone numbers +993 12 940045 if you are subject to quarantine or prior to undergoing any invasive medical procedures.