Application and Visa Requirements
Obtaining a visa for Turkmenistan is a lengthy, time consuming
and bureaucratic process, we try to take on as much of this as
for you but it is imperative that you apply in good time as the
limits are very strictly enforced.
We need the following information a minimum of ONE MONTH in advance
of the tour, ideally SIX WEEKS or more if possible:
- Full Name:
- Date of Birth:
- Passport Number:
- Job Title:
- Details of any previous visits to Turkmenistan:
Please also indicate where you will join the tour from (London, Beijing, Istanbul etc).
We also require a deposit to be paid at this time as we start taking
on administrative costs as well as an obligation to pay for the
visa invitation as soon as we send off an application. We ask for
a deposit of 50% of the tour fee to be paid to the account listed
below. If we fail to obtain a visa for you we will of course refund
all monies sent to us.
You must apply at least 3-4 weeks before the tour departure date
as the Letter of Invitation that we need to obtain in order to facilitate
the visa can take several days to be issued by the Turkmenistan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We plan to have all visas for the tours
issued in Beijing or London but if you would prefer to have it issued
at the Turkmenistan Embassy in your home country or have any questions
at all about the visa process (it is rather complicated!) please
contact us immediately!
The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Beijing can issue a visa in as little
as 2 days (during which time they need to keep your passport) if
you choose the express service (which costs 20 Euros extra), this
means that if you wanted to have the visa issued in Beijing we would
need to obtain your passport at least 3 days before the tour departs.
The situation is similar with the Embassy of Turkmenistan in London
as well as in other countries, if you decide to take the tour then
please contact us as early as possible so that we can advise on
the most efficient and convenient way to have the visa issued, this
can be a lengthy process but it is all worth it in the end!
If you are joining the tour from London we will have your plane
ticket sent to you at your home address and also inform you if anyone
else is joining the tour from your place of departure so that you
can meet up on the way to join the tour, then it is just a matter
of getting on the plane and we look forward to seeing you in Ashgabat
to experience the unique country of Turkmenistan together!
Please note that for this tour you are required to pay the fee
for the issuance of the visa yourself. Due to the extended amount
of time that it takes to have a visa authorised and sent to an
Embassy of Turkmenistan it is much simpler to collect the visa
on arrival at Ashgabat Airport, the fee payable here is US$81 the
visa is stamped in your passport and is the same as it would be
if issued at a Turkmen Embassy. If you insist on having your visa
issued at an Embassy then please be sure to apply for the tour
as early as possible. Visas issued at Turkmenistan Embassies cost
A deposit of 50% of total cost of your tour should be made on booking
with the other half paid in euro cash at the meeting in our office
prior to departure or when the group assembles in Ashgabat. Alternatively
you can opt to transfer the full amount instead.
Once you have completed the application we will send you an invoice which will include the bank details for the payment.
The deposit is non-refundable if the tourist cancels himself. If
however we cannot arrange visas or for whatever reason it is not
possible to travel at the specified time (or you cannot make rescheduled
dates) a full refund will be made. Should the client wish to cancel
after visa application has been made, charges imposed on us will
be paid out of the 50% deposit with the balance being returned to
the client. If you have paid in full we will return 50% plus the
balance of what is left after the cancellation fee we pay to our
partners in Turkmenistan.
In all cases we return as much as we can and we do not take a fee
for client's cancellation.
Please be sure that you will definitely be joining the tour when
you send all application details.