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by wanderlust2
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Entry/exit from Turkmenbashi during local events
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Entry/exit from Turkmenbashi during local events

This conference was actually advertised - I saw it in brochures at the embassy in Tashkent. And even asked about it at the embassy; everyone seems very gung-ho about it No doubt b/c it was international. More details to be written on my blog along with photos as soon as I type them. It is a good thi...
by wanderlust2
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Prices for train, buses and shared taxis
Replies: 0
Views: 174

Prices for train, buses and shared taxis

Trains in Turkmenistan are good, have AC, provide clean linens. There is hot water provided for your own tea/coffee. Bring your own cup. Tickets are easy to buy in person despite the crowds. A few words of Russian or Turkish helps a lot and the agents aren't as rude as in other ex-soviet countries. ...
by wanderlust2
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Roads, borders and security updates
Topic: Farap - Alat (TM - UZ) border crossing updates
Replies: 13
Views: 4160

Alat to Farap border crossing - prices and process

This is current as of Aug 5, 2019 and requires some proficiency with haggling: EXITING UZBEKISTAN From Bukhara old city to the bus stop for shared taxis to Alat by taxi: 5000 UZS From bus stop to Alat in shared taxi: 10,000 UZS From Alat to the Uzbek border by shared taxi: 8000 UZS In Alat they will...
by wanderlust2
Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Entry/exit from Turkmenbashi during local events
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Entry/exit from Turkmenbashi during local events

Please check to see if there are any events scheduled in/around the dates of your entry/exit to/from the country. On August 11-12 a Caspian Sea Conference was held and the powers that be closed the channel, roads, trains and airport to all except the attendees. Closure was in effect from afternoon o...
by wanderlust2
Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Turkmenistan travel sharing
Topic: Turkmen Manat at border
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Turkmen Manat at border

I am in Bukhara waiting to cross into Farap. I was hoping some travelers will come this way carrying Manat that I can exchange but so far nada. If you have just come into Bukhara and have Manat, please PM or post; we can meet. Does anyone know if there are touts at the Alat-Farap border? I will get ...
by wanderlust2
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Cheap accommodation for Turkmenistan: Q&A
Replies: 20
Views: 7534

places to stay in Turkmenistan

Does anyone have info on cheap accommodation in:
Turkmenabat
Turkmenbashi

A search unearthed a couple of okay-for-a-night places in Mary (Mymanhana) and Ashbagat (Kuwwat and Syyhat). If you have more recent info please post. Thanks in advance.
by wanderlust2
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Turkmenistan Transit Visa - date specific or not?
Replies: 6
Views: 1258

Re: Turkmenistan Transit Visa - date specific or not?

I can speak only for the visa obtained at Tashkent Embassy. Date specific, with exit on 5th day. Entry and exit points printed in the visa. No changes possible as per the embassy staff.
by wanderlust2
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates
Replies: 43
Views: 15871

Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Heard from travelers who came through Turkmenistan week of July 15, 2019.
Current rate in black market is 1 USD = 17 TMT
Rate in hotel desk is 1 USD = 14-15 TMT
by wanderlust2
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Turkmenistan transit visa poll
Replies: 75
Views: 33851

Re: Turkmenistan transit visa poll

Forgot to add:
Met a Spanish guy in Samarkhand (on his motorbike) who said he got this visa in ONE HOUR in Dushanbe! No sticker but a letter which he will show at the border. ?? Anyone else ever heard of this? I just hope for his sake, that it is legit and he gets in.
by wanderlust2
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Turkmenistan
Topic: Turkmenistan transit visa poll
Replies: 75
Views: 33851

Re: Turkmenistan transit visa poll

Adding myself to the list of successes. :D Applied in Tashkent on July 12 and received visa on July 22. US passport, paid 10 USD + 20,000 Uzbek Som at the time of application. Additional 45 USD at pickup. I did try to get 7 days but was told it is impossible. Giddy with delight right now! I have met...

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