Last update 04 August 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Turkmenistan
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in Ashgabat, the capital of the Turkmenistan.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Turkmenistan since 1 April 2019 is Dr. Nikolay Hristov Yankov (based in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan).
Bulgarian citizens residing in Turkmenistan on a short-term or long-term basis, as well as Bulgarian legal entities, may address consular matters to the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Republic of Azerbaijan
Address: AZ 1073, Azerbaijan, Baku, 13 Hussein Javid Blvd.
Telephone: +99 412 538 69 71; +99 412 538 69 72
Fax: +99 412 538 09 85
Е-mail: [email protected]
Out-of-hours hotline: + 994 50 289 18 14
Working hours: 09:30 – 18:00
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10:30 – 13:00 (reception of citizens, receipt of visa applications and documents) 15:00 – 16:00 (receipt of finished visas and documents)
For information on visa matters and scheduling an appointments, please contact:
Telephone: +994 51 225 74 71 (Monday – Friday from 15:00 to 16:00)
E-mail: [email protected]
The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Moscow is accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria.
Embassy of Turkmenistan in Moscow
Address: 115127, Moscow, Filippovsky Blvd., Apt. 22
Telephone: +7 (495) 695-37-16; +7 (495) 690-32-02; +7 (495) 690-32-58 (visa matters)
Fax: +7 (495) 691-09-35
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected] (visa matters)
Travellers are advised to pay particular attention to their personal safety. Avoid travelling at night in border areas and inland. Photography of military and strategic sites is prohibited. Use only official taxis. Avoid travel through desert areas.
Recommended personal hygiene advice:
It is recommended to avoid drinking water from the central water supply. It should be used for cooking only after boiling. For up-to-date information on mandatory and/or recommended vaccines you may contact the Regional Health Inspectorates in the country.
Specifics of the legislation:
Homosexuality is banned in Turkmenistan.
You can import an unlimited amount of currency into Turkmenistan. You can import goods for personal use duty-free. Export of foreign currency — without restriction within the limits declared on entry. The export of works of art, antiques, archaeological objects, carpets is only with a special permission.
There is rail and bus public transport. Take particular care when travelling by car in the dark. If you are travelling by car, you need an international and Bulgarian driving licence, as well as a valid civil liability insurance.
Turkmen Manat (TMM). Carrying dollars is recommended.
Travel papers and visas
You must enter the country with an international passport valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Turkmenistan.
Bulgarian citizens travelling to Turkmenistan who are holders of diplomatic and official passports do not need a visa, while holders of regular passports need a visa, which can be obtained at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkmenistan in Moscow or Ankara.
European Emergency Travel Document:
In extreme situations — in case of damage, loss or theft of a passport, Bulgarian citizens can apply for an Emergency Travel Document at an Embassy of an EU Member State in Ashgabat.
Certifications and legalizations:
In order to be valid in the Republic of Bulgaria and to be able to serve before the Bulgarian institutions, all documents issued by the authorities in Turkmenistan to Bulgarian citizens should bear the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkmenistan. They are then certified by the Embassy of Turkmenistan accredited to the Republic of Bulgaria – in this case in Moscow. The signature and certifications of the Consular Office are then certified at our Embassy in Moscow.
Once the documents have been so prepared, they must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorized translation agency in Bulgaria and the translation must be certified by the Department of Certifications and Legalizations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.