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Turkmenistan: Change of Exit Border?

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:55 am
by Spinal
Has anyone tried leaving Turkmenistan from a border other than the one stated on their transit visa?

If so, what was the outcome? Did they manage? Any "fines"?

Re: Turkmenistan: Change of Exit Border?

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:03 am
by Spinal
Also, there seems to be a bridge north of Turkmenabat - has anyone tried crossing on that bridge? Would be interesting to see if that's an alternative to the main $42 bridge toll...

Re: Turkmenistan: Change of Exit Border?

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:01 pm
by steven
Hi Spinal,

you will need to pay a fine or talk your way out of one, or possibly get deported (the cheapest way, if not the most hassle-free). Dunno about that bridge...all info welcome.

Re: Turkmenistan: Change of Exit Border?

Posted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:05 pm
by bwv812
I tried to change my exit border at the appropriate ministry in Ashgabat, but it wasn't officially possible to get my visa changed, and I didn't want to try my luck at the border (especially since I wanted to exit to a different country). I doubt you would have much success trying to bribe your way out (as I had considered before arriving), since the Turkmen system is surprisingly high tech, with everyone's details scanned at the border. I've heard of people being deported, but that was for arriving at their designated border crossing after it closed; not sure they would deport you from an undesignated border—maybe if you both overstayed and showed up to the wrong border.

Re: Turkmenistan: Change of Exit Border?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:34 pm
by sylvb74
We complet form at Teheran, 2 weeks after we received a reference number to receive visa in Mashhad (Iran). In Mashhad, we had to refill the form and we get visa in 1 hour.
There is no mention about road, enter city or exit city on our 5 days transit visas.

Re: Turkmenistan: Change of Exit Border?

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:49 pm
by patuszak
sylvb74 wrote:We complet form at Teheran, 2 weeks after we received a reference number to receive visa in Mashhad (Iran). In Mashhad, we had to refill the form and we get visa in 1 hour.
There is no mention about road, enter city or exit city on our 5 days transit visas.


WOW :shock: Could you please share more information about what your visa application looked like? Did you mention anything about your planned road there? Thanks a lot!

Re: Turkmenistan: Change of Exit Border?

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:33 pm
by sylvb74
Hi,
We mention we are in campervan we plan to make trip from Bajgirand to Noukous.
We explain we are family with kids and like silk road and discovering wonderful countries.
We made it twice, first at Teheran meeting directly ambassador then in Mashhad.
They gave us this transit visa.

Re: Turkmenistan: Change of Exit Border?

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:45 pm
by Albin
Wow. Sounds cool. I feel more confident to apply now and hope to give a positive feedback after crossing Turkmenistan successfully.

Re: Turkmenistan: Change of Exit Border?

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:19 am
by SHappe
We got a transit visa for five days from the embassy in Tehran (and picked it up in Mashhad). We had to specify which borders we were going to use, and where we were going to stay, but none of that was actually recorded.

Outside the embassy in Tehran (and on our visa), it specifies the borders that you can cross as a tourist on a transit visa. It says: Howdan, Farap, Sarahs, Dashoguz.

Re: Turkmenistan: Change of Exit Border?

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:28 pm
by elsacados
I got my transit visa for the border near Noukous but actually entered through the one near Bukhara and wasn't bothered at all.