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Last updated: September 16, 2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- 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. The Embassy has strengthened its social distancing measures, instituted a mask policy on premises, and is operating under telework status to the extent possible.
- Grocery stores and schools are open. Some stores, shopping malls, and restaurants are open or have limited operations. Mosques and places of pilgrimage have reopened but without Friday prayers and with social distancing guidelines. Large gatherings are restricted.
- All international commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan have been cancelled and land borders are closed to passenger traffic. Charter flights are organized by Foreign Missions and private companies. Some press reporting indicates that international flight restrictions are expected to continue.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Turkmenistan? Yes.
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes.
- Private foreign citizens—including U.S. citizens—who intend to depart Turkmenistan are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result. A negative COVID-19 test result is required for boarding domestic flights, which are taken by most passengers to reach departing international charter flights from Turkmenabat.
- 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.
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to the negative COVID-19 test requirement for entry to the United States, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
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? No.
- Which vaccines are available in Turkmenistan? The government of Turkmenistan has publicly announced approval of only the Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona vaccines, though other vaccines may be available to Turkmen citizens. The government of Turkmenistan has not released any public information regarding vaccination. Please monitor local media for more information.
- 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 72 hours of departure from the United States or point of travel origin in order to enter 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.
- For further guidance on this requirement, travelers may contact the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Washington DC.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 in a government facility for 21 days is required for all private citizens upon arrival in Turkmenistan. 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 for 21 days are also required for all U.S. citizens traveling to Turkmenistan from abroad on a diplomatic, official, or service passport. However, these diplomatic or official personnel are permitted to pass the quarantine period 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 if you are subject to quarantine or prior to undergoing any invasive medical procedures.
- Are commercial flights operating? No
- U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents who would like information about potential charter flights departing Turkmenistan may register their interest at AshgabatUSCitizen@state.gov. In general, citizens of Turkmenistan face departure restrictions and these restrictions apply to U.S. Lawful Permanent residents.
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks are required in all places, including public transit.
Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)
- While government guidance is not always clear, individuals who do not wear face coverings in public, including while driving in an automobile, may be subject to fines.
- American Citizen Services. The Consular Section has resumed all routine services for U.S. citizens. For details or to schedule an appointment, please send an email to email@example.com or visit our website at https://tm.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/. For emergencies, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (993) 12 94 00 45.
- Visa Services. The Consular Section has resumed processing all immigrant visa and K visa categories, along with F, M, J and petition-based employment nonimmigrant visas. We will resume all other routine visa services as soon as possible. If you have an urgent matter or to schedule an appointment for a student, exchange, or petition-based employment nonimmigrant visa, please send an email to email@example.com.
- 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.