Services / Letters of invitation
Detailed Information and Conditions
May 30, 2006
Travel routing and schedule / Booking
Before we proceed with your visa enquiry
you need to confirm your intended route and travel
or Fax. For ideas for your trip you can easily refer
to our interactive
map and our service pages for ticketing,
If you can indicate your interests & length of stay
we will send you a suitable suggestion depending on
requirements and budget.
We cannot go ahead with your visa support without a preliminary
2 Personal Details
Together with your travel requirements please
provide us with the following personal
3 Invitation Approval
1. Full Name
2. Date of Birth
3. City and Country of Birth
5. Passport Number
6. Date of passport issue and expiration
8. Occupation and Place of Employment
9. Address and phone number of place of work
10. Previous visits (year/month)
11. Port of Entry
12.Date(s) of Entry and Departure
13.Cities and Sites you wish to visit
14.City/country where you will obtain visa
Once we submit your documents to the Turkmen Ministry
of Foreign Affairs obtaining official government approval
of the invitation currently takes
3 weeks and you need to allow time accordingly. Urgent
approval is no longer possible. STANTOURS cannot guarantee
approval of your application.
Please note that travel
to Turkmenistan is officially restricted around the holidays
in February (19/02), mid August and in October (27/10).
Unfortunately we cannot provide accreditation required
wishing to engage in missionary or propaganda activities.
4 Visa Application
With a faxed or e-mailed copy of the invitation
letter you can apply for your Turkmen visa at any Turkmen
Consulate worldwide by yourself.
Alternatively - for stays up to 10 days you can obtain
the visa at Ashgabat airport @ USD 61 payable in cash
in advance, please bring change). Further extensions
depending on your letter are USD 31 + service fee. Upon
request there are options for visa issuance at the
Dashogus / Khiva, Turkmenbashi and Turkmenabat / Bukhara
Actual visa fees and issuance times vary between 40-120
USD and 1-5 working days. Normal visa processing usually
takes 3 working days, urgent issuance can be done within
a day at an extra fee of around USD 50. Some Embassies
can issue the visas by mail using courier services
Click here to download an English Turkmen
Visa Application form in
PDF format (48 kb) Anyhow - usually each Consulate has
its own application form which you should request by
mail or fax when you make your enquiries.
Please note that some Turkmen Consulates and the Consular
Office at Ashgabat airport require the original of your
invitation letter as well as a direct confirmation by
the inviting organisation. It is therefore important
that you keep us informed about your plans for the visa
Travel Pass and Arrival Tax / Travel
Additional to your visa entry to Turkmenistan on a Tourist
visa is subject to a Travel Pass, a green document, which
is delivered to the
border post by your guide, stamped by the passport
control upon entry and exit. The cost of the Travel Pass
or Travel Voucher is USD 10 per Person and is included
in the document package.
of the Travel Pass by other means is not possible.
Please note that without the Travel Pass the Tourist
visa is invalid and you may be refused entry to or exit
As of 01/03/2003 all foreign
visitors are subject to a further USD 10 arrival tax
based on which a beige colour Travel Card will be issued. This
charge is usually NOT included in your document package
and payable in cash upon arrival by each individual
/ OVIR Registration
All travellers with a tourist or business
visa are now requested
Police / OVIR registration with no regards to
the length of their stay in Turkmenistan. We will handle
this for you and a USD 10 fee per person for registration
will be included in your document package. The registration
process takes 1/2 working day. Please note that the
OVIR offices are closed Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays
and Public Holidays.
Reserves / Border Zones
For travellers intending to visit Turkmenistan's
fascinating Nature Reserves and the relevant
border zones please note that as a rule these have
to be specified in your invitation letter prior to your
If properly indicated in your invitation letter Border
permits can then be obtained through us upon arrival
in Ashgabat against a USD 40 fee. Anyhow upon request
the issuing Embassy will include the border areas
(eg Dashogus) in your visa free of charge.
Permits to visit the Nature Reserves and protected areas
(Zakazniks) of Turkmenistan are subject to approval
by the Ministry of Environment and are subject to a
USD 30 fee and up to 14 days processing. Please note
that especially in the summer months most reserves cannot
be visited because of the increased fire hazard.
Transit visas for 3-7 days are available at all
Turkmen Consulates upon presentation of valid onward visas
or relevant ticketing where applicable. Anyhow, similar
to tourist visa, transit visa issuance is subject to an
approval process of 10-14 days.working days. Most of the
time the application must be made in peroson, but the
Consulate will not request you to give up your passport
during the approval period.
- No transit visa are available at any Turkmen border
points including Ashgabat airport.
- The transit period starts the day the visa is endorsed
at the border and is NOT calculated by the hour. (i.e.
the entire arrival day is counts as a whole day, so
is the departure day leaving you one day to cross
- It is not possible to travel to restriced areas
and areas aside the the transit route on transit visa
unless they are specifically indicated on the visa
(this also concerns the border areas of Kunyaurgench
and Dashogus and the routings leading towards them).
- For international trains passing Turkmenistan's
eastern periphery no transit visas are officially
required if a through ticket can be shown. (there
are currently no international trains along the Turkmenabat
- Dashogus route)
- It is not possible to extend transit visas under
- Ashgabat's Saparmurad Turkmenbashi Airport has a
transit area for passengers on international flights
not requesting any transit visa.
Travellers on their own vehicles should indicate their
intention when making the arrangements for the visa support
letter. Although the car is not included in the visa,
significant transit and entry fees are payable upon
entry to Turkmenistan at the Transport Department
for both Tourist and Transit visa holders. The amount
of these fees varies between USD 65 for motorcycles and
250 for larger 4WD and Minibuses depending on your vehicle
and routing and is payable in cash upon arrival.
Visa - Frequently asked questions:
- It is usually not possible to know in advance how
much exactly the fee will be.
- The key factor in the calculation of the fees is
usually whether your vehicle is categorised as a private
car or a truck. Unless you have a serious loading
area you can insist on the lower fees for a private
- In case of doubt the documents can be extended /
amended in Ashgabat and at the Transport department
in other Turkmen cities.
- The 3rd party liability insurance fee charged is
mandatory even if relevant international documents
- A "Carnet de Passage" is usually not required
for entry to Turkmenistan.
- Approval for off-road routings need to be applied
for in well advance.
- Even if in transit we highly recommend border assistance
for the documentation which is avaialble starting
at USD 40-50.
To be continued...
- Q: How flexible is the Turkmen tourist visa? A:
The invitation we send you is usally valid for 3
date of approval and the visa can be issued for the
number of days indicated in the approval Anyhow -
any change of dates of travel MUST first be agreed
with your Turkmen travel agent. Once the visa is
the dates on your visa are
- Q: How early can the visa process be started. A:
The Turkmen invitation and visa can be applied for
as early as 4-6 months prior to arrival.
- Q: What are the implications of a transit visa?
A: The transit visa permits you to travel along the
main route between the two countries you have proper
visa for. Detours and extensions are mostly not allowed,
travel through border zones is only possible where
this is along your transit route.
Unfortunately we cannot provide accreditation required
for invitation letters for journalists or travellers wishing
to engage in missionary or propaganda activities.
to return to General Turkmenistan Visa info.
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