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Turkmenistan: Level 4: Do Not Travel & Leave Immediately (T) (U) (K) (H) (O)*

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Do not travel to Turkmenistan due to terrorism, civil unrest, armed conflict, and the high risk of arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S citizens. U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Turkmenistan should depart Turkmenistan immediately.

Travel Advisory - Updated 02JUL2022:

The U.S. Department of State suspended operations at U.S. Embassy Ashgabat, effective June 30th. All in-person consular services in Turkmenistan are suspended until further notice.

The security situation throughout Turkmenistan is highly volatile and conditions have rapidly deteriorated. U.S. citizens should remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. There are continued reports of U.S. citizens being singled out and detained by the Turkmenistan military when attempting to leave the country by land through Uzbekistan or Tajikistan. Evacuation by land across any southern border into Iran or Afghanistan is not recommended.

Currently, international commercial flights are suspended. Charter flights are infrequent and often operate out of cities that are located hundreds of miles from Ashgabat. If you wish to depart Turkmenistan, you should make arrangements on your own as soon as possible.

Acts of terrorism by insurgents and armed militants in which members or facilities operated by the Turkmenistan government are targeted have increased in frequency. On May 29th, the Turkmenistan government enacted a state of martial law. Each province will decide on the measures to be implemented according to local conditions. Measures include curfews, restrictions on the freedom of movement, ID verification, increased security inspections, and increased detentions of foreign visitors without cause or legal precedent, among other measures. Turkmenistan has instituted an absolute suspension of foreign press credentials or access to the country, and foreign press corps members, including those of U.S. citizenship, have been detained without cause for remaining in the country beyond the enactment of martial law. 

The U.S. Department of State suspended operations at U.S. Embassy Ashgabat, effective June 30th. All in-person consular services in Turkmenistan are suspended until further notice. While the U.S. government has withdrawn most personnel from Ashgabat, we will continue to assist U.S. citizens and their families in Turkmenistan from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. U.S. citizens who are able to depart Turkmenistan for another country and are in need of emergency assistance upon arrival may contact a U.S. embassy or consulate in that country.

Turkmenistan security services have arrested U.S. citizens on spurious charges, singled out U.S. citizens in Turkmenistan for detention and/or harassment, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics- on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security, and denied them fair and transparent treatment. Turkmenistan authorities may not notify the U.S. Embassy of the detention of a U.S. citizen, and consular access to detainees may be denied or severely delayed.

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Reviewed By: 1LT Jason Mallory

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