Turkmenistan Coronavirus - Travel Advice

Last updated: July 21, 2021  

Turkmenistan and Coronavirus 

When the pandemic hit the world, Turkmenistan applied stringent travel bans in order to avoid the spread of the virus. According to official information shared by the government, there have not been any COVID-19 cases in the country. Media reports and independent sources, however, shed doubt on this information.

Various restrictions have been implemented at cultural centers, service enterprises, trade facilities and catering services. Malls and restaurants are closed or operating at limited capacity. Shops remain open and public transport is in operation, but it is necessary to wear a face mask in all establishments, on transport and in open spaces. Public gatherings are restricted, but there is no nationwide curfew.

Large consignments of COVID-19 vaccines arrived to Turkmenistan in spring, including AstraZeneca, three Russian vaccines and two Chinese variants. It is reported that people in high-risk groups are being vaccinated in Turkmenistan, which has yet to provide official statistics on the prevalence of Covid-19 in the country. Vaccination is now compulsory for everyone over 18 years of age, although exceptions may be made for those with underlying health conditions to which the vaccine could pose a threat.

Turkmenistan Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

All international flights and domestic train services are suspended indefinitely. Under the current Turkmenistan travel ban, only citizens or permanent residents of Turkmenistan, accredited diplomats and members of select international organizations may enter the country. At the moment it is also impossible to transit through Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan Quarantine Rules

Each person who enters the county is tested for covid-19 and is required to spend 21 days in a state-run quarantine facility regardless of their test result. Those who can provide a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 may remain at their homes under the supervision of a local doctor for seven days.

Citizens who plan to leave the country must present a negative result of a PCR test taken no more than 24 hours before departure.