Travelling to Turkmenistan? Need Vaccinations?
Turkmenistan in Central Asia is interesting because part of it is coastal, on the Caspian sea and a large part of it is desert, namely the Karakum Desert. It is a wealthy country for this region of Central Asia with gas and oil being explored here. However, getting a visa to visit is notoriously difficult so make allowances for a long and difficult process and an extended wait before booking any flights.
If you are lucky enough to get in, take a look at the pilgrim shrines, the Karakum Desert or the Yangykala Canyon. Also pay a visit to the Garlyk caves or the underground lake at Kow Ata. There is lots to see here so take your time.
What Travel Vaccinations do I need for Turkmenistan?
Depending upon your previous vaccination history, you may be recommended the following vaccinations prior to travelling to Turkmenistan:
Depending on where in Turkmenistan you are travelling, your current health condition, lifestyle and occupational risks, the other injections that you may require for Turkmenistan are:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for Turkmenistan. Also, should you be travelling in the region, please check the vaccination requirements for neighbouring countries including Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.
Further Travel Health Advice for Turkmenistan
There are its elevation points higher than 2500 in Turkmenistan, depending on where you go. This could pose an altitude sickness threat. You can obtain altitude sickness medication and practice appropriate acclimatisation and gradual ascents to counter altitude sickness. Don’t forget, its not just your climbing altitude but your sleeping altitude as well that must be considered. Our travel nurse will be able to discuss these with you and offer you the relevant advice for your trip to Turkmenistan.
Heat and Humidity
Due to the fact that a large part of Turkmenistan is part of a dessert, its warm here. Please take adequate sun protection and practice safe sun tactics. Some parts of the country in the winter are extremely cold so.do check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions.
Tap water is not considered safe in Turkmenistan so stick to the bottled stuff. Don’t forget to also be mindful of foods washed in water and of ice cubes and as an extra precaution take some water purifying tablets or a water purification system with you on your trip.
Food and Drink
Plov makes n appearance here as in other parts of Central Asia. Dinner normally starts with a soup. This part of the world makes some decent vodka and a smashing cup of the if you’re not partial to the alcoholic stuff – and if you can find it, try the sturgeon. Yum!
Animals and Insects
Lots of different infections can be spread through insect and animal bites, including rabies. Rabies advice is listed above. Best to err on the side of caution and not pet animals you don’t know.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Turkmenistan.
This is a very tightly controlled state and you will not be treated kindly if you criticise it, its people, its government or its president. In fact, try not to discuss politics here at all. Make sure to always carry your passport and related visa with you at all times – and keep a colour copy to hand as well. The police here are not always considered trustworthy and there is also a curfew in place, so be aware.