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Turkmenistan overland + Buses in Turkmenistan

Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 8:59 am
by Zhivko
Hi all,

I am a Bulgarian passport holder planning on travelling from Georgia to Kazakhstan overland.
My itinerary includes an overland trip through Turkmenistan: Turkmenbashi - Ashgabat - Mary - Turkmenabat. I am planning on travelling on a transit visa by buses/trains.
I was wondeeing if anyone has done this route recently as I only found topics about people going from Turkmenbashi - Dashoguz and Iran - Turkmenabat? Is it even possible to get a transit visa for this route?
Also, does anyone know hows the current situation with the buses in Turkmenistan? Do you just book tickets on the day or do you have to do it in advance?

Thanks,
Zhivko

Re: Turkmenistan overland + Buses in Turkmenistan

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:11 am
by Crazydre
Be warned Zhivko: Turkmen embassies are randomly refusing a LOT of Transit visas These days. Apply for a Transit visa right now (if you already have the Azeri and Uzbek visas) at the embassy in London, and if you're refused, go for a Tourist visa (with the LOI ióbtained from this Website) or take the direct Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan ferry

Re: Turkmenistan overland + Buses in Turkmenistan

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:28 am
by Zhivko
Thanks for the response!
I will have my Azeri and Uzbek visas in 2 weeks. I know they are refusing quite a lot people but I still want to try. If I get refused, I will change my route.
Do you have any information if anybody has done Turkmenbashi - Ashgabat - Turkmenabat recently?

Re: Turkmenistan overland + Buses in Turkmenistan

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:30 pm
by Crazydre
Don't know I'm afraid. However it "feels" like a sensible route, so if the Türkmens refuse you, it won't be because of the routing

Re: Turkmenistan overland + Buses in Turkmenistan

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 11:33 am
by dinozzaver
Mine in opposite way was refused (konye urgench - turkmenabashi) and they were really clear at the embassy "why don't you take ferry from Kazakhstan?". I also need visa for Kazakhstan. You have better chances applying from /to Iran route.