Turkmenistan Travel Advice and Travel Advisories

Turkmenistan Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to Turkmenistan, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Although its land is characteristically arid, Turkmenistan is typically favoured by tourists attracted to its deserts, beaches and mountain ranges. Its rich history is best discovered through ancient monuments. In larger cities such as the capital, Ashgabat or Köneürgenç, you will make surprising discoveries through the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Regional History of the Mausoleum of II Arslan. Do not miss archaeological treasures or natural sites such as Lake Bakharden. Thanks to its mild climate, the beaches invite you to a day spent lazing around or swimming. Whilst staying in Turkmenistan, treat yourself by sampling some of the local gastronomy. Local specialties include spicy dishes with beef and fresh vegetables.

The burning Darvaza gas crater of Turkmenistan By Tormod Sandtorv – Flickr: Darvasa gas crater panorama, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18209432

Recommended travel vaccinations for Turkmenistan

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Turkmenistan

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea

Current Weather in Turkmenistan


Medical Care in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan lacks basic medical infrastructure, which has lead to a precarious medical care system. If you would like to use a private ambulance, contact the International Medical Center at (993 12) 48 90 06 or Central Hospital. In the event of a serious illness, medical evacuation by air will be necessary.

Also, pharmaceuticals are poorly regulated, and some common drugs sourced from Western countries are impossible to source in this country. If you plan to stay in Turkmenistan, it is essential that you bring a well-supplied first aid kit with you.

If you require emergency assistance during your stay, dial 03.

Is Turkmenistan Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Risk present
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Road safety Poor road conditions
Public transportation Avoid public transportation after dark; Caution required in train; Only use official taxis
Border with Afghanistan AVOID ALL TRAVEL
Women’s safety Risk present
Health Polio warning
Risk level High degree of caution
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Turkmenistan?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Both, a visa and a passport are required to enter Turkmenistan. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.

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Embassy of Canada to Turkmenistan information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Turkey (ANKARA)
Street Address:
Cinnah Caddesi No. 58,
Çankaya 06690, Ankara, Turkey

Tel.: 90 (312) 409-2700
Fax: 90 (312) 409-2712

Email: [email protected]

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian Embassy in Turkey. There is no Canadian government office in Turkmenistan.

Click here to access the embassy’s website