COVID-19 Information

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Last updated: November 22, 2022 

The 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.
  • Some international commercial flights have resumed, but demand for the limited available seats is often extremely high. Please contact individual airlines about ticketing procedures prior to making any reservations online. Non-commercial land border crossings may require prior government approval. 

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. 

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. Currently, all arriving passengers – including those traveling with a regular, diplomatic, official, or service passport – are required to complete a mandatory at-home quarantine for three 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.
    • 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.

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. 

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.

 Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes. Please note that several inbound commercial flights currently in operation are still not permitted to land in Ashgabat. Be sure to clarify arriving destinations and make appropriate post-arrival travel arrangements before purchasing tickets for inbound flights.
  • U.S. citizens that are experiencing problems with departure are recommended to register in STEP and contact the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat at consularashgab@state.gov or call (993) 12 94 00 45.
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

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