Beginning November 8, 2021, foreign nationals traveling on a nonimmigrant visa will be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to board a flight to the United States. For the purposes of this regulation, accepted vaccines include those approved and authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and those listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. All incoming passengers – including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and immigrants – will also continue to be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when traveling to the United States. For more information, please see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html#covid-vaccines.
The U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat is now processing all immigrant and K visa categories. However, the number of applications we are able to process each day will be very limited as we continue to implement precautions to protect the health and safety of all Embassy employees, as well as those we serve. Please wait to be notified by the Consular Section for the date of your visa interview and any further steps.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Immigrant Visa Medical Exams: Starting October 1, 2021, applicants for immigrant visas will be required to obtain full COVID-19 vaccination as part of their mandatory medical screening, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) policy. Certain waivers may be available, such as for applicants in countries where a COVID-19 vaccine is not routinely available or if the vaccine is not age appropriate for the applicant. Applicants must complete the entire vaccine series in order for the medical examination to be considered complete. Please contact the Consular Section at ConsularAshgab@state.gov or the Panel Physician if you have any questions. This particular requirement applies only to immigrant visa applicants.
In addition to immigrant visa categories, we have limited appointment availability for F, M, J and petition-based employment non-immigrant visas. We will resume all other routine visa services as soon as possible, but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. If you have an emergency, or to schedule an interview appointment for a student, exchange, or petition-based employment non-immigrant visas, please email ConsularAshgab@state.gov.
The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.
See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.
Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.
(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).
Online visa interview appointments are for citizens and residents of Turkmenistan only.
Schedule your visa interview appointment here: https://evisaforms.state.gov/default.asp?postcode=AKD&appcode=3.
If you have an urgent need to travel, you may request an expedited appointment.
Mailing address from the United States:
Department of State
7070 Ashgabat Place
9 1984 Street (formerly Pushkin Street)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 744000
Customer Service Statement
The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States. We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known. Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.
We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:
- We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
- We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
- We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
- We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
- We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
- We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
- We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html.
- We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.
Furthermore, if you are a:
- Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
- Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
- Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.
At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:
- Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
- Complete your application fully and accurately.
- Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
- Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.