Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (February 17, 2020)

Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Measures in Turkmenistan

Location: Turkmenistan

Event: The U.S. Embassy would like to provide an update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures in Turkmenistan. The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any known cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Turkmenistan. However, the Government of Turkmenistan has 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 examination at border checkpoints and ports of entry, and may be required to undergo additional medical screening and possibly quarantine for an unspecified period of time before being allowed into the country. Travelers will be required to pay for any medical tests and procedures.

The U.S. Embassy recommends that its citizens decline any invasive medical procedures, such as blood draws, as we cannot guarantee that all medical protocols comply with U.S. standards.

Travelers should be prepared for changes in screening and quarantine practices to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

Actions to Take:

  • Due to the possibility of quarantine for an unspecified period of time, 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 emergency telephone numbers below if you are subject to quarantine or prior to undergoing any invasive medical procedures.


  • U.S. Embassy Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
    +993 12 940049
    +(+99363) 047683 (after hours)
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    +1 888-407-4747 or +1 202-501-4444
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