Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Turkmenistan on the TravelHealthPro website.
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commercial flights to and from Turkmenistan are suspended. Occasional, tightly controlled, charter flights are the only means of entering or leaving the country by air.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Turkmenistan.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Turkmenistan
There are restrictions on road travel within Turkmenistan. All road borders are closed. The International Seaport of Turkmenistan at Turkmenbashi is closed to passenger traffic.
Traffic police check points have been established around major population centres, including Ashgabat, and road users may be subject to temperature screening.
Chartered flights which are able to enter/leave Turkmenistan are currently arriving and departing from Turkmenabat, approximately 620kms from the capital, Ashgabat.
Domestic flights remain operational, but with a reduced service. Passengers are subject to temperature checks.
Rail services are suspended.
If you need urgent consular assistance, you can contact the British Embassy on +993 12 36 34 62/64.
Hotels remain open with no restrictive measures in place.
Public spaces and services
Recreational facilities, non-essential shops, bars and restaurants, entertainment facilities, sports, spa and beauty facilities, and mosques are closed to the public.
It is compulsory to wear a facemask when in public.
Healthcare in Turkmenistan
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should consult your visa sponsor (e.g. your employer) in the first instance.
For foreign nationals there is no compulsory testing following quarantine, although it is possible to request further testing.
For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.
View Health for further details on healthcare in Turkmenistan.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Turkmenistan
We will update this page when the Government of Turkmenistan announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
Turkmenistan has a national vaccine programme and is using vaccines that include the AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, EpicVacCorona and Sinopharm. The Government of Turkmenistan have stated that UK nationals who intend to remain resident in Turkmenistan for more than six months are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. Those who wish to receive a COVID-19 vaccination may be able to receive a vaccination from the Turkmenistan state medical system. You can register for the state vaccination programme by getting in touch with email@example.com if you require further information.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living In Turkmenistan, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, you should contact your local British embassy, high commission or consulate.