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Question: Turkmenistan Transit visa

Hi. I'm from Ecuador. I'm willing to go to Turkmenistan, then Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. I think I'll spend 3 days in Turkmenistan and I have read a lot about transit visas, some people say is difficult to get, other ones say now is easier.

What are the chances of refusal? What do I need in order to increase chances of getting it?

Replies (8)

Ahmet

Ahmet 5 months ago

Unfortunately, nobody knows about rejection or Letter of Invitation. It should be decided by Migration Service of Turkmenistan. 

If you are not a professional traveler the best way to apply for TOURIST VISA. Sometimes tourists who travelling with transit visa they spend more money as they planned for the tour. We recommend you not to decide so quick. You should get more information about both visa.

 Kind Regards Ahmet

Ahmet

Ahmet 5 months ago

The best and cheapest way to enter from the border Dashoguz or Kunya Urgench then visit overnight in Darvaza. Then transfer to Uzbekistan exit same border. It takes 2 day trip. 

Another version is

1 day. Fly to Ashgabat. Visit Ashgabat. In the afternoon drive to Darvaza.

2 day Drive to Kunya Urgench. Visit Junya Urgench monuments and transfer to the border.

We thing the 1st version is cheaper. 

Ahmet

 

Esteban

Esteban 5 months ago

I want a visa that allows me to enter to Turkmenistan for 3 days. I don't care if I have to pay more, but I want to be able to enter Turkmenistan 

Ahmet

Ahmet 5 months ago

Dear Estaban.

The difference of TOURIST and TRANSIT VISA is on the quality of days. For TRANSIT VISA you can not get more than 5 days. The chance of getting of TRANSIT or TOURIST VISA depends on Migration Service of Turkmenistan. 

If you need TOURIST VISA we shall be so glad to help you to provide with a tourist visa.

If you need TRANSIT VISA you should apply yourself to the Embassy of Turkmenistan in your country. 

Kind Regards Ahmet

 

Eilidh

Eilidh 5 months ago

However, rejection rates are much higher for Transit visas than Tourist visas. You also need to be transiting. the most common route is Iran to Uzbekistan and vice versa.

Eilidh

Eilidh 5 months ago

With a tourist visa you would have well over a 90% chance of approval. It depends though on lots of factors. Factors such as when are you planning to travel, if you're in a group or by yourself, what your job is, if you've applied before and what the outcome is.

 

Esteban

Esteban 5 months ago

And tourist visa are more likely to get approval?

Eilidh

Eilidh 5 months ago

Hey Esteban,

Rejection rate for transit visas is now between 80% and 90%. The figure has been slowly increasing over the last 5 years.

There's nothing you can really do to improve your chances of approval, as the rejections are mostly random. You're already in the higher category because you're from a country thats neither good nor bad, really unknown actually in Turkmenistan. Of course if you have a sensitive job you'll need to lie about that.

You really need to have a backup plan though because you're still more likely to be rejected than approved, which includes having a tourist LOI application ready to submit.

Remember it also takes about 4 weeks for the transit visa approva.

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