On April 28, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov signed a Decree on the extension until December 31, 2024 of the validity of passports for leaving Turkmenistan and entering Turkmenistan for citizens of the country temporarily or permanently residing abroad, the validity of which expires from January 1, 2023 to December 30, 2024 of the year .
As the state news agency TDH notes , this was done "to protect the rights and legitimate interests of citizens of Turkmenistan currently temporarily staying or permanently residing in foreign countries in connection with the restrictions imposed on international communications due to the pandemic that has arisen in the world."
This is the second renewal of passports since the start of the pandemic. In July 2021, the Ministry of Justice of the country announced that citizens of Turkmenistan temporarily or permanently residing abroad, whose passports expired or expire between January 1, 2020 and December 30, 2022, can apply to the Turkmen consulates for an extension of the validity of the document.
Passports that expired were stamped with the signature of the consul and pasted a QR code, according to which the document would be valid until the end of 2022. However, Turkmen news noted that such passports were not recognized by third countries.
The validity period of Turkmen passports is five years. Consulates of Turkmenistan do not issue new passports to citizens living abroad. To obtain a new document, people must return to Turkmenistan.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan