The news outlet “Gundogar” reported on 21 May, 2020 the authorities of Turkmenistan allowed the Turkmen nationals who got stuck abroad due to air traffic suspension to withdraw $500 from their bank cards after purchasing dollars for manats at the official exchange rate.
Everyone willing to withdraw cash needs to send relevant copies of a passport and a visa to Ashgabat. The easing of the requirement applies only to Turkmenistan nationals on short-term private or business trips abroad and does not apply to residents of other states as well as students and migrant workers, a source in the State Tourism Committee says.
“As of today about 20 thousand citizens are unable to return to Turkmenistan. The majority of them are migrant workers who have lost jobs rather than tourists. It is impossible to quote the precise number as most Turkmen nationals travelling abroad are covering up their status as they fear to be barred from exiting the country again”, – Bairam Shikhmuradov, the editor-in-chief of the news outlet, believes.
In early April “Chronicles of Turkmenistan” reported that over 100 Turkmen nationals failed to return to their home country from India. Under certain conditions their relatives were permitted to make money transfers to them via Western Union.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan