Last update 04 December 2018Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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Republic of Turkmenistan
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the Republic of Turkmenistan. Bulgarian citizens staying for short or long terms in Turkmenistan can contact the Embassy of Bulgaria in Astana, Kazakhstan for consular matters.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Astana, Kazakhstan
Address: “Saryi arka” str. 15, 2nd Floor, Business Centre "Isker", Astana, Kazakhstan
Telephone: +77172 90 15 15
Fax: 77 172 90 18 19
Hours: Mon - Thu, 10:00 to 12:00 h
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/kazakhstan
The Embassy of the Republic of Turkmenistan in Moscow is accredited for the Republic of Bulgaria.
Embassy of the Republic of Turkmenistan in Moscow, Russian Federation
Address: Filippovskij per. 22, RUS-121019, Moscow, Russia
Telephone: +7495 2916591; +7495 2916636; 7495 2911544; +7495 2916593; +7495 2911356
Fax: +7495 2910935; +7495 2910166
Turkmen new manat (TMM)
Travellers are recommended to carry US dollars.
Crime and security
Travellers are recommended to pay special attention to their personal security. Avoid travelling at night in the border areas and inside the country. It is forbidden to photograph military and strategic sites. Only official taxis should be used.
In Turkmenistan, homosexuality is forbidden.
In Turkmenistan you can import an unlimited amount of currency.
Duty-free goods for personal use can be imported.
Export of foreign currency - without restriction within the amount declared upon entry.
Export of works of art, antiques and archaeological items, carpets - with special permission only.
There is rail and bus public transport.
Be careful especially when travelling by car in the dark.
Poorly maintained road infrastructure.
Avoid travelling by domestic flights.
If travelling by car, an international and Bulgarian driving license and valid civil liability insurance are required.
Low level of healthcare.
Water does is not used for drinking, used for washing only after boiling.
Travel papers and visas
The country may be entered with a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Turkmenistan.
Bulgarian citizens holders of diplomatic and service passports travelling to Turkmenistan do not need visas, and holders of ordinary passports need a visa, which they can get at the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Moscow or Ankara.
There are no special requirements for immunizations.
Update on vaccines required for Turkmenistan can be obtained from the National Centre for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases at telephone: 02 944-69-99/221.
Intake of more liquids and lower-fat foods is recommended, as well as avoiding alcohol during the hot months.
The consumption of tap water is forbidden.
Avoid travelling in desert regions.
Certification and Legalisation
To be valid in the Republic of Bulgaria and to serve before Bulgarian institutions, all documents of Bulgarian citizens issued by the Turkmenistan authorities should be provided with an Apostille by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkmenistan.
Then, they should be authenticated by the Embassy of the Republic of Turkmenistan, accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria - in the case the Embassy in Moscow. The signature and certification of the Consulate is then certified at our embassy in Moscow.
Thus processed, documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and such translation must be certified by the “Legalisation and Certification” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In extreme cases – such as a damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at the embassy of any EU Member State in Ashgabat.