Turkmenistan (Republic of)

History of Relations | Diplomatic Representation | Travel Info | Health Requirements | Climate Info | Currency Info | Trade Info | Visits and Meetings | Agreements | Interest Groups/ Organisations

History of Relations

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.

Diplomatic Representation

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

No Representation

Travel Info

Visa 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.

Health Requirements

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.

Climate Info

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

Currency Info

The monetary unit is the Turkmenistan New Manat (TMT).

For current exchange rates click here.

State and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings

No Information

Bilateral Agreements

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.

Trade Info

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.

Interest Groups and Information

No Information


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.

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