Medical Assistance

This information was updated on August 22, 2023

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by the facilities or institutions on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

The quality of medical care in Turkmenistan is significantly below Western standards. There are often shortages of basic medical supplies, including disposable needles, anesthetics, and antibiotics. The Embassy does not recommend undergoing any invasive procedures in Turkmenistan. Elderly travelers and those with pre-existing health problems may be at particular risk due to inadequate medical facilities. For major illness or injuries, standard practice is to get emergency treatment at local facilities and to arrange for medical evacuation as soon as possible.

Pharmacies are found throughout Turkmenistan, but many available medications are ineffective. Travelers are advised to bring their own medical supplies and an ample supply of medications for any chronic illness, minor illnesses, and injuries. Travelers with pre-existing medical conditions should carry a letter from your attending physician which provides details about your medical problems. The letter should also include the generic name for any prescribed medications.

Information about vaccinations and other health precautions such as safe food and water safety and insect bite protection may be obtained on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website and prevention hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747).

Adequate medical evacuation insurance coverage for all travelers is a high priority. In the event of a serious medical condition every effort should be made to evacuate to Istanbul, Dubai, or Western Europe. Please be advised that the cost of a medical evacuation to Istanbul, Dubai, or Western Europe can easily exceed 70,000 USD and may take up to 24 hours to arrange.

Government Ambulance Service
Telephone: 03 (Turkmenistan’s version of 911, but for medical emergencies only)

Generally, ambulances in Turkmenistan are not equipped with emergency medical supplies like medications or oxygen. The ambulance will answer an emergency call then recommend triage and transport to the appropriate specialty hospital. The dispatch operators do not speak English, generally Russian or Turkmen. The wait time for an ambulance can be 30-60 minutes in Ashgabat depending on availability and frequent road closures but would likely be significantly longer in more remote areas. The ambulance staff does not speak English, generally ONLY Russian and Turkmen.

The U.S. Embassy maintains the following list of clinics and hospitals in Turkmenistan. All require a cash payment for care rendered (usually in the local currency). The U.S. Embassy assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or reputation of the medical facilities on this list.

Ashgabat Medical Facilities

Central Cardiology Clinics
192 Niyazov Avenue
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (99312) 971472; 970081
GPS 37.941251, 58.36369

Dermato-Venereology Hospital Choganly
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 738716
GPS 38.004708, 58.426816

Emergency Medical Center
120 Gorogly Street (intersection with Bekreve Road SW)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel.: (+99312) 907947
GPS 37.9509616, 58.337481

Eye Diseases Hospital
Berzengi, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 489421
GPS 37.872109, 58.355261

Infectious Diseases Hospital Choganly
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 739045, 739516, 739178
GPS 38.004708, 58.426816

International Trauma Hospital
#118 Gorogly Street, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 341429; 341521
GPS 37.950323, 58.342021

National Dental Center
Berzengi, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 487103; 487104
GPS 37.873729, 58.356413

S.A.Niyazov International Medical Center (Cardiology Clinic)
Berzengi, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 489006; 489008
GPS 37.868933, 58.355438

S.A. Niyazov International Medical Center for Internal Diseases
Berzengi, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Tel: (+99312) 489032
GPS 37.870865, 58.358265

The following is the list of companies that can assist U.S. citizens with medical evacuations. Please be aware that the Embassy cannot provide administrative assistance, such as airport and flight clearance assistance, for private medical evacuations. The U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that all visitors to Turkmenistan obtain medical evacuation insurance.

AirMed International, LLC
950 22nd St.N, Suite 800
Birmingham, AL 35203
U.S. Toll free: 800-356-2161
International: 1-205-443-4841

SOS International (Baku, Azerbijan)
29C Yeremenko Street
Khatai District, Baku
Azerbijan, 1143
Tel. +994 12 489 5471, Dubai Assistance Centre on +971 4 601 8777

US Air Ambulance
Air Ambulance 1
10830 Craighead Drive
Houston, TX 77025
Telephone: (832) 900-9000
Fax: +1 (832) 900-9000

US Air Ambulance
5919 Approach Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34238
Toll free: 800-633-5384
Fax: 888-633-5384