Entry and Exit
Travellers to Turkmenistan must present a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before departure. Singaporeans are required to present a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate upon entry.
As entry restrictions often change at short notice, you are advised to contact your travel agency or the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Seoul to ensure that you have accurate information for your specific purpose prior to departure.
Singaporeans are required to obtain a visa before travelling to Turkmenistan. As visa requirements may change at short notice, we advise you to contact your travel agency or the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Seoul for up-to-date information.
Holders of ordinary Singapore passports are required to obtain a letter of invitation from a local entity such as a local travel agent, government agency, family member, hospital, or school before travelling to Turkmenistan.
The Embassy’s details are as follows:
Embassy of Turkmenistan in Seoul
Address: 62 Jangmun-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea 04393
Tel: +82 2 796 9975
Fax: +82 2 796 9976
Safety and Security
Certain areas of Turkmenistan, particularly border areas, are designated restricted zones and require special permission to enter. Land border crossings can also close at short notice.
You should exercise caution against petty crime, particularly in tourist areas. Remain vigilant and watch over your personal belongings at all times. Avoid travelling alone, especially in quiet areas and after dark. Use registered taxis such as those arranged through your hotel, instead of unofficial taxis.
Occasional demonstrations do take place in Ashgabat and in major cities. Exercise caution, avoid affected areas, monitor local media coverage for developments, and follow the advice of local authorities.
There is significant police and military presence throughout Turkmenistan. As law enforcement officials often request proof of identity, travellers are advised to carry their passports with them at all times. Make a copy of your passport and keep it in a safe place, separate from your physical passport.
Cooperate with law enforcement officials if stopped for questioning. If in doubt, check with the local authorities.
Turkmenistan is in an active seismic zone and is prone to earthquakes and tremors. Monitor the local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.
Travellers should note that tourist services and healthcare are not readily available outside Ashgabat.
Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
- In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.