We are a couple of French travellers on their way to China (Follow us here http://www.apprentis-vagabonds.fr/itineraire/
). We managed to have the Turkmen transit visa one week ago. We applied in Tehran and we took our visa in Mashhad after 10 days. We had a problem with our "old" dollars in mashhad but we managed to solve it.
In Tehran we needed :
- 2 pictures
- copy of our passport, Iran visa and Uzbek visa
- Letter written by hand which explain why we need to cross the country (one letter for the couple)
- Application form (we took the form at the embassy and we completed it by hand)
After 10 days we were in Mashhad. It was difficult to join the embassy by phone to know the avancement. So we went directly to the embassy.
The woman said it's OK but we must fill the application form and give her pictures, copy of passport and Uzbek visa again.
We gave 110 $ for two transit visa. We had to pay in dollars (not Rial, not by credit card).
We had a problem with our dollar. The woman wanted only "new" dollars. Our billets were from 2003. They were too old. "What's the **** ! ". We tried to explain her that it's very difficult to find dollar in Iran (their was a new economic crisis the day before). But she just said "Dollars not ok" and closed the windows.
We succeed to find dollars from 2013 in an exchange office. At this office, the employee explained us that he couldn't take our dollars because old dollars had less value than new dollars. We met a nice Iranian. He bought our dollars and he gave us "new" from 2013.
We came back to the embassy. 2013 was a good year but their was a stamp on our billet. "Dollars not OK". The woman want a clean billet. We talk with her 10 minutes to explain we cannot find another one. Finally an employee exchange our "dirty" dollar with a clean one.
We paid the embassy and took our visa !
To cross the border between Iran and Turkmenistan we needed to pay 28 dollars more for the travel taxes (no Rial, no Manat, no credit card).
They also tried several times to put us in a taxi. Just say you want to walk and you don't have money if you don't want to pay.
We entered Turkmenistan !