**Visa information can change at short notice**
Turkmenistan is a particularly fascinating country (whether it is for the world’s largest indoor ferris wheel, rotating statues of Turkmenbashi, or the ‘door to hell’), and almost certainly a necessity for any team doing the ‘southern route’. It is however, another complicated country to drive through, usually requiring a guide and a strict itinerary that is pre-approved by the Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
To avoid this Mongol Ralliers can be issued a very particular Letter of Invitation only obtainable via The Visa Machine. It’s a little complicated but in short the Turkmen consul in London has been very understanding and rather than forcing teams to get a transit visa in advance of travel they have allowed The Visa Machine can apply for a transit letter of invitation (LOI) which allows teams to get a transit Visa on arrival. The Visa Machine applies for this 3 months before the rally starts with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ashgabat and can acquire it for any applicant, regardless of their nationality or residence.