Fly To Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan
Known as the ‘City of Love’ in Arabic, Ashkhabad (also called Ashgabad) certainly lives up to its reputation. Peaceful and quiet, this middle-eastern city’s name is also fitting on another count; as Turkmenistan has a neutral political stance. Its capital Ashkhabad is a typical, yet enchanting, central Asian city. Close to the Kara Kum desert, the city with its typically dry climate infuses a feeling of déjà vu in seasoned travellers who are familiar with Middle Eastern climate. With that said, Ashkhabad’s slow pace and age old culture charms everyone who visits.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Ashkhabad do require a Visa for Turkmenistan. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after you return, and has at least 2 blank pages remaining for entry and exit stamps.
- The nearest SA embassy to Ashkhabad is in Tehran, Iran. The address is No.5 Yekta Street, Vali-e-Asr Avenue, Tajrish, Tehran. Phone: +98-21-2270-2866.
See and do
The city of Ashkhabad has a lot to offer to tourists. Here are some things to see and do here:
The Neutrality Arch: The arch, on one hand, stands for the country’s strong stance of neutrality in an otherwise tumultuous region; on the other hand, it is an unmistakable sign of Niyazov’s flamboyance.
Earthquake Museum: This touching museum gives you a brief glimpse into one of the toughest periods in the city’s history – the 1948 earthquake that wiped out almost two-thirds of the city’s population. The Soviet regime suppressed the real tragedy, banning photos and other evidence of the tragedy, but nowadays these are on display at the museum, along with a record of how the city was rebuilt and rejuvenated.
Parthian Ruins of Nissa: Nissa was once the capital of the ancient Parthian Empire. The city, now in ruins, lies along the foot of the Kopet Dag Range, 30km from the Iranian border. It is an hour’s drive from the city, but well worth the trip because of the beautiful scenery along the way. This quiet and tranquil region shows you just how majestic the Parthian Empire was. The civilization flourished between the 3rd centuries BC and AD and formed a major barrier to the Roman Empire.
Other equally important attractions include lavish palaces, vast greenery, and unique architecture. Despite the remnants of some Soviet-era parade grounds and buildings, the capital city of Ashkhabad is fairly relaxed and offers some unique sights.
Ashgabat International Airport – ASB
Ashgabat Airport is 10km northwest by road from the capital city of Ashkhabad. Turkish Airlines, flydubai and Lufthansa all fly to Ashgabat International Airport.
Food and beverage: There are a few restaurants in the airport, including Americano Coffee in the international departures lounge.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Ashgabat Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There is no airport hotel, but there are several nearby. The Sofitel Ashgabat Oguzkent is a popular choice within 6km from the airport.
Car Hire: There is no car hire service; however, you can book taxis from the airport.
Airport Hub: Ashgabat Airport (code ASB) is a hub for Turkmenistan Airlines.