I contacted to the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Almaty, Astana, and Bishkek before I apply a transit visa because I live in Kazakhstan.
Astana: The staff only said "I don't speak English" and hung up the phone. If you can't speak Russian or Kazakh, I don't recommend the Embassy in Astana.
Almaty: They no longer work for visas.
Bishkek: Good! They are good at English and have answered my questions kindly.
So finally I visited the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Bishkek to apply a transit visa.
I'm planning to arrive in Turkmenbashi from Azerbaijan via ferry and leave in Turkmenabat to Uzbekistan.
The locations and contacts shown on Google Maps are accurate.
But I recommend using Yandex-taxi app to go to there since almost taxi driver doesn't know where it is.
Anyway, when you arrive the embassy, you don't need to enter the building.
There are table and chairs with a glue and the sample of application in the garden.
Firstly, prepare every documents. Application form with a photo, personal information with a photo, a handwritten letter(don't worry! there are sample), visas of the countries of entry and exit, and a copy of a passport. You can get a new paper and application form from staff. Or you can print out them from the website(https://kyrgyzstan.tmembassy.gov.tm/en/ ... pplication
) in advance.
Second, Submit staff the documents via window. And he will give you a paper with an account to pay a visa application fee(10$).
Third, Go to the bank(KICB bank) and pay. I'd like to recommend using Yandex-taxi app again. It is difficult to take taxi because the embassy is in a quiet place.
This is the closest KICB bank to the embassy.
ул. Жукеева-Пудовкина, 44/1, Bishkek 720001(https://goo.gl/maps/63mPwgtPddF9wLm68
Lastly, Come back to the embassy and submit the payment receipt. They will contact you via an email or a phone.
I have visited there in the morning, every process has taken 2~3 hours.
+ I add this part after trip.
Fortunately, I got the visa.
I received a permission of visa via email from the embassy after 15 days of applying for a visa.
It's later than the date announced by the embassy because they forgot my visa application. After I called the embassy and asked about my visa, they sent me a visa letter.
Anyway, it was a little late, but I received the visa permission safely, and the consul and staff of the embassy in Bishkek were kinder than expected.
I entered the Turkmenistan at the border, Turkmenbashi via Ferry.
There is a new and clean terminal at the port of Turkmenbashi.
First, I registered my passport with the automatic machine in front of the passport controls.
Second, I paid the entry fee 10$ at the window of bank next to the passport controls.
Third, There is a window of visa next to the bank. I show the permission for visa, paid 60$(include commission 5$), and got my visa. And went to the passport control with my visa.
And then, finally, I entered Turkmenistan!!!
The Turkmen who met at the ferry and at the terminal were all so kind to me that I was able to enter the country safely with their help even though I could not speak Russian very well. Even the immigration officer was kind. They even offered to give me a line just because I was a foreigner. If you are planning to go to Turkmenistan, don't worry too much. It is a closed country, but the people are very kind.