Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Dushanbe

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Re: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Dushanbe

Postby bert » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:17 pm

I applied 16 October in Dushanbe for a transit visa 8-12 November (Kunya-Urgench to Ashgabat). No need to prepare an application letter. You can simply copy the sample one on the wall. Otherwise, bring the documents as described by Koen above.

The guys were friendly and spoke a little bit of English. They told I would receive the result by e-mail after 10 working days and I could get the visa at Tashkent or the border if the approval was OK. They refused to give their contact details though.

As slightly expected: no e-mail from these guys.

I decided to take matters into my owns hands and I travelled to Tashkent. On 31 October, I visited the Turkmen embassy there. The guys were friendly. They would call a woman who spezks English over the phone. They told me that it was not allowed to travel between 8 and 11 November. But when I asked, I could change the dates. I had to fill in a new application form stating transit 12-16 November and give new copies etc. They gave me the visa for the other dates after 10 minutes waiting and paying 55 USD. Happy ending after all.
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Re: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Dushanbe

Postby Cyclist Bang » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:31 pm

Embassy: Turkmenistan embassy in Dushanbe (38.608985, 68.781942 this is the right one)
Nationality: Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Cyclist (Did not mention it to the embassy. Also they did not ask)
5 days transit visa
IN: Dashoguz, 9 NOV
OUT: Ashgabat, 13 NOV
Conclusion: Gave up after 15 days waiting

Wrong information I had at the beginning: Turkmen independence day is 27th October. Not in September. https://www.officeholidays.com has wrong information.

Documents: picture, passport, color copy of passport, color copy of iranian visa. (My passport is visa free for Uzbekistan)
I did color copy around this coordinate. 38.567735, 68.798324

11 OCT: I arrived embassy at 09:40. 7 people was waiting. Went inside the embassy around 11:00. You have to fill two papers. One document and one letter. The letter is basically empty A4 paper and you have to hand write a letter. The example is on the wall so just write it down. Embassy told me to come back on 19 OCT. I needed some rest after Pamirs. I thought it was good length of time to get rest so I decided to get the visa in Dushanbe.
I figured out that Independence day is 27 OCT, but I was not worried because it was before the day.

19 OCT: (From here, many WTFs but I am not writing all) I arrived embassy at 09:30. Nobody was waiting. But embassy told me it is not ready. They told me to come back on 22 OCT.

22 OCT: Still not ready. This time there was another guy. He wondered why I came this early. He told me to come on 25th.
My friend advised me to change the issuing place to Tashkent or to get it at the border. But I could not trust the way they work and I thought it will bring more chaos. So I didn’t.

25 OCT: I arrived at 09:40. 6 people waiting. We waited until noon. Embassy did not open.

26 OCT: Embassy closed. The guards said they all left yesterday to Turkmenistan and reopens on 01 NOV.

27 OCT: I left Dushanbe.

I could wait until 1 NOV but it was another ‘maybe’. I applied entrance date as 9 NOV so it was not enough time to cycle or travel Uzbekistan anyway. The embassy is just waiting for the letter from their country so maybe it is not their fault. But it seems they do not even know when they close embassy. Maybe their chain of command works as typical dictatorship country so they do not share informations to the bottom line. Or maybe he just forgot. I don’t know. Well, I had a good rest. But if they told me to come back on 25th from the beginning, I could go to a small trip to fann mountains, not sitting and wandering around Dushanbe... Now I am heading to Caspian sea to take a ferry.
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Re: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Dushanbe

Postby steven » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:13 am

Cyclist Bang wrote:
Wrong information I had at the beginning: Turkmen independence day is 27th October. Not in September. https://www.officeholidays.com has wrong information.

Just tooting my own horn a bit: Caravanistan had the right information: https://caravanistan.com/festivals-events/turkmenistan/

It changed this year.
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Re: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Dushanbe

Postby DiedeO » Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:41 pm

Hey everybody,

I'm glad to tell you that everything went according to plan for us. We applied 18 oktober in Dushanbe with the right documents mentioned on this forum. We asked if it was possible to pick it up in Tashkent and he said yes. We waited ten working days before sending a email to [email protected] to ask if we got accepted and got a positive respons the same day. Today we picked up the visa in Thaskent. You need a COLOUR copy of your pasport and 1 foto for application (size 3*4) to pick it up. We arrived around 11am, got a document to fill out (weirdly its another application form), and after 10 minutes got the visa in our passport. NO lines, no leaving the passport and picking it up after 4... We heard of another couple (asked in Bishkek) and a family (asked in Dushanbe) that they got it the same way.

I don't know if it's because we are traveling off season or maybe we all got lucky. But hopefully the lottery got easier!

I hope this message will give good hope to the people that still has to apply.

ps: asked for 5 day transit form nukus to asjchabad and got exactly that.
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Re: Turkmenistan Transit Visa in Dushanbe

Postby Gravelforbreakfast » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:14 am

Dushanbe embassy report.

We showed up at 9:45, queue of 8 people. After 1.5 hours we were called in. Guard says only 1 person can go in. But inside you can ask the embassy employee if your boy/girlfriend can come in, which is then granted.

Filled in Visa application form and gave copies of passport, visa Iran, visa Uzbekistan and a letter explaining our purpose for the visit.

Originally, we planned to apply for a transit visa 7 days later. The embassy employee duly informed us that the first possible entry date was after 10 working days, effectively 14 days. Caravanistan should update this on their website, as it currently says 3-7 days processing time for transit visa. Minor setback for us. We gave him our e-mailaddresses for the code to pick up visa at the border and he said we would receive an email.

We waited 14 days in Tashkent and of course we heard nothing from the Dushanbe embassy. So we went to the Tashkent embassy on Monday morning 15 October. We mentioned that we requested a visa at Dushanbe 2 weeks before. We then got a form to fill in (similar to visa application). After paying 55 usd we walked out with a 5 day transit visa stamped in our passport.

I’m not sure whether it helped that we applied in Dushanbe first or that Tasjkent grants visa more easily? The Tashkent embassy for sure seemed a lot more pro active.

In any case waiting for the ‘code’ from Dushanbe doesn’t seem to be the best idea. We heard from various travellers they never got any reply at all.

What also may have helped is that we indicated the shortest route through Turkmenistan. Farap-Mary-Serakhs. Furthermore, we clearly mentioned our (former) jobs on our letter.
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