Great News: Turkmenistan has reopened its doors for tourists as of 1 March 2023 after a long break of almost 3 years due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Since the travel restrictions are being lifted worldwide step by step, Turkmenistan is also resuming international tourism starting 1 March 2023, welcoming travelers and visitors from across the globe to its beautiful sites.
After being suspended for almost three years, Turkmenistan is finally resuming tourist visas in March 2023 for those who are planning a trip to the country or across the countries of the Great Silk Road and Central Asia. Currently, travelers from many countries will need to obtain a visa in advance to enter Turkmenistan before their trip. While specific visa requirements for 2023 are still being finalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, the majority of the international airline companies have been resuming regular flights to various cities of Turkmenistan since the beginning of the year.
So far, some of the updates of airline companies’ resumed flight schedules to various destinations in Turkmenistan are as follows:
Turkmenistan Airlines is resuming direct flights between the cities of Ashgabat and Beijing on regular basis as of 19 March, and regular flights between Ashgabat and London starting 20 March this year.
Other destinations, where Turkmenistan Airlines has today resumed regular flights to are the cities of Istanbul, Moscow, Kazan, Frankfurt am Main and Dubai.
Turkish Airlines (THY) has currently resumed the schedule of regular flights between Istanbul-Ashgabat-Istanbul 4 times a week, including Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Starting 24 March 2023, direct flights by Turkish Airlines for the route Ashgabat-Istanbul will start operating on a daily basis.
China Southern Airlines is resuming direct flights for the route of Urumqi-Ashgabat-Urumqi starting on 28 March this year after a break of 3 years, when the company suspended the flights at the beginning of 2020 due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Flydubai, an Emirati government-owned low-cost airline in Dubai, has resumed direct flights to Ashgabat as of 23 January this year. Regular flights from Ashgabat to Dubai have been operating twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays so far.
Considering the abovementioned updates and conveniences with traveling to Turkmenistan after the country reopens itself for international tourism again, it is a great time to plan your trip not only to Turkmenistan but to the route of Central Asia and the Great Silk Road.
Since all the Stan countries, including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, are now open for international travelers, you can use this great opportunity to touch the history of the great Caravan trade route of the ancient Silk Road. Besides delving into the rich historical sites of Central Asia with its ancient cities, you will also be able to explore the modern infrastructure and cities, fascinating nature, colorful cultural heritage, hospitable people and amazing local cuisine your trip comes with.