Turkmenistan shares borders with Iran and the “stan” countries that include- Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan.
Though the pass has been closed since June 2018, reporters have tried posting updates in the Turkmen-Kazakh border forum topic regularly.
The borders crossing the Western Kazakhstan on the Zhanaozen-Turkmenbashi road are fairly remote and not much travelled by. There is hardly any public transport available and taxis can be expensive on these routes.
To Garabogaz/Bekdash :
This is a pure desert region. You can find a hotel in the square next to the beach if you plan to stay in the area for a night. Visitors can walk down to the Kazakh border, however, with no modes of transport available. If you have never done it before, you might have to try hitchhiking for the first time on these lone roads and wait patiently for people to offer you rides.
Farap – Alat :
The Farap-Alat connects Bukhara with Turkmenabat. The route is open to visitors at 8.30 am in the morning and closes at 8pm. The path is less isolated and you can find shared taxis to on both the sides of Turkmenistan vicinity. Money exchange services are not tourist friendly. You can hire a minivan to travel across the border.
Shavat – Dashoguz :
The route connects Khiva and Urgench with Dashoguz opening at 9.30 in the morning.
Hojayli – Konye-Urgench :
The Hojayli – Konye-Urgench connects Nukus with Konje-Urgench. It was reopened in the year 2016 one year after its reconstruction in 2015. The route was kept closed for most of the year. The once “no-man’s land” area between checkpoints does not exist anymore.
The Talimardzhan is a bilateral crossing open only for the Uzbek and Turkmen citizens. TheTalimardzhan is located on the crossroads connecting Qarshi (UZB) and Atamurat (TRM).
Druzhba – Gazadzhak :
The Druzhba – Gazadzhak is a small and little-known border post near the city of Khiva. Not much information is available for the post because of its isolated nature.
Sarakhs – Saraghs :
The Opening hours of this border lane is 8am in the morning to 5pm in evening.
Gaudan – Bajgiran :
The Gaudan – Bajgiran had been closed in 2016 but has been reopened lately. The border has active money changing facilities at the Iranian border.
Tourists planning to visit the mausoleum of Gonbad-I Qubus share the most convenient route via the Gudurolum. However, no public transport is available to the Gudurolum and tourist have to walk to reach there.
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