Turkmenistan (Republic of)
of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel
Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info
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and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/
South Africa and Turkmenistan established full diplomatic relations in 1992. The South African Embassy in Astana is accredited on a non-residential basis to the Republic of Turkmenistan.
South African Representation in Turkmenistan
As there is no South African resident representation in Turkmenistan, the South African Ambassador to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan is accredited to Ashgabat, urkmenistan on a non-resident basis.
H E Ms K S T Matthews
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
South African Embassy
Turkmenistan Representation in South Africa
Requirements for South Africans
- For visa information please contact the Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Please Note: Travel permits are required for many border regions. Travellers do not need travel permits for Ashgabat, Merv, Turkmenabat and Balkanabat. It is, however, absolutely necessary to have a travel permit for the following regions:
- Western Turkmenistan: for Bekdash, Turkmenbashi, Haza, Dekistan, Yangykala, Gyzletrek, Nokhur and surroundings,
- Northern Turkmenistan: for the entire region of Dashogus including Konye Urgench, Dargan-Ata and Gazachak,
- Eastern Turkmenistan: for Farab, Atamurat (Kerki) and surroundings, Kugitang Nature Reserve, Tagtabazar and Serkhetabat.
Vaccinations against diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, polio, rubella, tetanus, typhoid and varicella are recommended. In addition, vaccinations against meningitis, rabies and tuberculosis are recommended for long term travellers. Avoid drinking tap water.
For further information go to Travelers' Health.
Turkmenistan has a continental climate with long hot summers. Winters are not too cold. The average temperature is 26 to 34 degrees Celsius in summer and minus 4 to plus 4 degrees Celsius in winter. In northern regions the temperature in winter months can decrease to -20 degrees Celsius.
For up-to-date weather information click here
The monetary unit is the Turkmenistan New Manat (TMT).
For current exchange
rates click here.
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) at 012 351 1000.
For current information on trade statistics between South Africa
and Turkmenistan, visit the websites of the South African Revenue Service, and the web site of the Department
of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa.
Groups and Information
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does one reach Turkmenistan?
Turkmenistan Airlines has direct flights to Ashgabat from Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Bangkok, Beijing, Delhi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kiev, London, Minsk, Moscow, and Saint Petersburg.
Turkish Airlines flies to Ashgabat from Istanbul. Lufthansa flies from Frankfurt to Ashgabat.