"Gleaming white pillars, shimmering golden turrets and shiny blue tinted full-length windows lined the streets. Even the bus shelters were a work of art. There was no litter, no dirt and more noticeably no people. The place was deserted. The dictator’s vision to build an affluent city that showcases Turkmenistan has proven to be misguided, as local people cannot afford to live there. This and the immense difficulty in obtaining a Turkmenistan visa is the reason why Ashgabat is one of the least visited capital cities in the world."
-Rich, Rub-a-dub-dub Three men and a tub.
Turkmenistan is a tricky one to get a Visa for. You will need a Letter of Invitation. Information on getting Turkmenistan Visas can be found in our Visa section.
Turkmenistan is a very interesting country and worth a visit, but also be aware that it has stricter rules and is more suspicious towards foreigners than many other countries.
Do not leave your car here.
Do not overstay your visa.
Do not get arrested here.
More travel information can be found here.
Gates of Hell, Turkmenistan- Photo by The Flaneurs