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About Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is a top Central Asia destination, founded in layers of world history and home to a few religious births. This country was formerly known as Turkmenia and has 5.4 million residents. Throughout your journey you’ll be sure to be inspired by age-old cities and rich cultures. Top attractions include Darvaza Crater (Derweze) and Gypjak Mosque (Ashgabat).

Cheap flights to Turkmenistan are now available for a limited period of time, so prepare for a trip into ancient history! Turkmenistan’s capital city, Ashgabat, is home to Ashgabat International Airport (ASB), located on a 25-minute drive from the city centre. Ashgabat International Airport serves a number of airlines, including Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa and flydubai. Popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 20 hours, 15 minutes.

Why visit Turkmenistan

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‘’Gates to Hell’’

The Darvaza Crater, on the outskirts of Derweze attracts thousands of tourists every year since it was discovered in 1971. This collapsed, underground gas field has had many marveling at its sunken, fiery depths.

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Underground Lake

The Köw Ata Underground Lake is a playground for young and old, with soothing mineral waters to unwind in and enjoy a leisurely swim. This spot is a hidden treasure, located 200m below ground level.

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Rich History

Still shrouded in layers of mystery, the full extent of the history in Turkmenistan is still being discovered. From Indo-European tribes dating back to 2000 BC to Mongols in the Middle Ages, this is a country full of stories.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Currency Turkmenistan Manat (TMT)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.26 TMT
Language Turkman
Hub Airport Ashgabat International Airport (ASB)
Airline Turkmenistan Airlines
Time Zone GMT+ 5
Travel Adaptor Type C / F

Best time to visit Turkmenistan

The climate in Turkmenistan experiences four distinct seasons, with hot summers and icy winters. The weather is affected by the desert landscape of the Kara Kum desert, which is one of the driest in the world. The hottest months fall between June and August, which sees day time temperatures of up to 37°C, and evening temperatures of 20°C. In stark contrast, the winter months of December to February find daytime temperatures of 7°C and -1°C at night.

Weather & Climate in Turkmenistan

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -4°C -1°C 3°C 9°C 13°C 19°C 21°C 19°C 14°C 8°C 3°C 0°C
High °C 6°C 9°C 14°C 22°C 27°C 34°C 37°C 35°C 30°C 22°C 15°C 9°C
Rainfall (mm) 25 23 46 38 29 7 3 2 2 13 20 20

Once a stop of immense trade value along the Silk Road, Turkmenistan is now a thriving country, and top Central Asia destination to visit. With a vast amount of beautiful attractions that appeal to every type of traveller, make sure to add it to your list of must-see travel countries.

The capital city of Ashgabat is modern and refreshing, with deep underlying love and admiration for the old ways of the land. Bazaars and market places are the way of life in the city centre, and you’ll be amazed when walking from the many mosques (Turkmenistan has the most on all of Central Asia) ordained in gold and silver – to the dusty and traditional markets around the corners.

There are so many age-old places of intrigue to visit on your trip to Turkmenistan. An intriguing location to visit is the oasis city of Merv in the Kara Kum desert. It was once known as the largest city in the world and the original birthplace of Hinduism. There is also the ruined city of Nissa, south of the capital city. This city was once part of the Parthian Empire, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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South Africans who wish to visit Turkmenistan are advised to obtain a visa to do so.

While it is not necessary for visits to the cities of Ashgabat, Merv, Turkmenabat and Balkanabat, it is needed for border regions such as in the western, northern and eastern areas of the country. To qualify for your visa, your passport will need to be valid for six months from the start of your trip, and you will need to have one blank page in your passport for stamps.

There is no representation for Turkmenistan in South Africa. For more visa information, please visit Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to official releases from Turkmenistan, there is no crime in the country and nothing for visitors to lose sleep over when travelling here. However, as with all destinations, there is always a possibility of petty crime happening, so it would be best to remain aware of your surroundings.

The capital city of Ashgabat enforces an 11pm curfew on every body within the city limits. There is also the potential issue of drunkenness and fights breaking out when pub patrons indulge in what is known as ‘Vodka terrorism’.

It is always important to go for a general health check-up before a trip overseas. It is best to do this 4-6 weeks before your trip. For your trip to Turkmenistan, it is strongly recommended to get the following vaccinations: hepatitis A and typhoid. Other vaccinations to consider getting are hepatitis B and rabies. Proof of a yellow fever certificate is needed if you are travelling from a country at risk of this disease.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Turkmenistan
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R90 R100 R132
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R22 R20 R20
Cappuccino (regular) R19 R20 R32
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R10 R12 R8
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R35 R35 R106
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