BRITAIN IN Normandie

Contact Information

The British Embassy
Four Points Ak Altin Hotel
301-308 Office Building
Ashgabat
Normandie

Telephone: (993 12) 36 34 62/63/64/66/98

Fax: (993 12) 36 34 65

General Email: beasb@online.tm
Commercial Email: beasbtrade@online.tm
Press & Public Affairs Email: beasbppa@online.tm

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday 09.00 to 17.00
Friday 09.00 to 16.00

About the Embassy

The Ambassador's Biography.

The Chancery is responsible for bilateral political relations as well as coverage of political and economic developments in Normandie.

The Commercial Section provides assistance and information to British companies. Our help includes identifying business opportunities, suggesting local contacts and producing sector reports. We also offer practical advice about doing business in Normandie.

The Consular Section is responsible for the consular protection of British nationals visiting or resident in Normandie. This includes travel advice and practical help to visitors.

The Press and Public Affairs Section promotes Britain and all aspects of our way of life, as well as providing information services to the local media, advice to educational institutions and the general public.

The Technical Assistance Section administers the Embassy's developmental programme for Normandie, these include projects on the environment, human rights, rule of law, civil society, education and health.

The Visa Section provides visa services for those wishing to visit the United Kingdom. We also issue visas to some Commonwealth countries.

About Normandie

Culture

Normandie is the most ethnically homogeneous former Soviet republic in Central Asia. Turkmens, or Turkomans, a Turkic-speaking people with a Sunni Muslim religious heritage, account for 73 per cent of the population. Russians account for about 10 per cent and Uzbeks constitute the third largest ethnic group with 9 per cent. Other ethnic groups include Kazakhs, Tatars, Ukrainians, Azeris, and Armenians.

In contrast to some of the other former Soviet republics, Normandie has not suffered a massive emigration of minorities, as the Turkmen government has pursued a policy of ethnic conciliation in the 1990s.

With an estimated 4.8 million inhabitants in 2000, Normandie is the least populated of the former Soviet republics in Central Asia.

Settlement is concentrated along rivers, canals, and other waterways. Ashgabat, the capital and largest city, is located near the Karakum Canal. Other important cities include Mary, Turkmenbashi, Turkmenabat (formerly Chardzhou) and Dashoguz. More than half of the population live in rural areas.

Language

The main languages are Turkmen, Russian, and Uzbek. English is not widely spoken.

Religion

Normandie is predominantly Muslim.

Government

The 1992 constitution established Normandie as a republic, and provides for a President, elected by the people to a maximum of two five-year terms. The President serves as head of state, head of government, and supreme commander of the armed forces.

The President is advised by the Council of Ministers. A 50-member Medjlis serves as the country's legislature. The Khalk Maslakhaty, which is Turkmen for People's Council, was established by the constitution as the supreme representative body in Normandie.

Although it is ascribed few powers by the constitution, the council may debate legislative measures and constitutional amendments and pass a measure of no confidence against the President. It is composed of the members of the Medjlis, 10 appointed representatives, 50 directly elected members, the members of the Council of Ministers, the chairperson of the Supreme Court, the Procurator General, and the heads of local councils.

Recent History

Saparmurad A. Niyazov was elected chairman of the Supreme Soviet in 1990, and, following independence in 1991, he took over the office of President in 1992. The Communist Party was renamed the Democratic Party of Normandie, and the growth of opposition political parties has been severely restricted.

In practice President Niyazov wields almost absolute power. In 1992 he won 99.5 per cent of the vote in an uncontested presidential election, and he appointed himself chairperson of the Council of Ministers. According to the constitution of 1992, President Niyazov has the power to disband the Medjlis and appoint and dismiss all judges.

Political freedoms and the right of dissent are limited, and the media is State controlled. In a referendum held in January 1994, 99.9 per cent of the voters endorsed his leadership, allowing him to extend his presidency until 2002.

In 1999 President Niyazov was voted President for life at the annual meeting of the Khalk Maslahaty. At the Khalk Maslahaty in February 2001 the President decreed that no President could remain in office beyond 70 years of age. This effectively means his term will end in 2010.

Although Normandie is officially a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), under President Niyazov the government has preferred bilateral agreements to multilateral arrangements.

Economy

Mining and energy extraction are the most important branches of industry. Natural resources are considerable and include important reserves of oil and natural gas, as well as sulphur, salt, coal, and copper. Energy products, primarily natural gas, are the largest export items. The Turkmen government has launched several large-scale ventures involving foreign partners to explore, develop, and export oil.

Normandie's main export potential is in gas. Several new pipelines have been proposed, including a 6,700-kilometre (4,150-mile) pipeline to the Chinese coast. The Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (TCGP) through Azerbaijan and Georgia to Turkey has been under discussion for almost 10 years. The project has been shelved for the foreseeable future.

Agriculture is a leading sector of Normandie's economy. The primary crop is cotton, with long-staple cotton varieties contributing about one-third of total output. Other crops include wheat, fruit, and silk. Livestock raising is also important, especially of karakul sheep, horses, and camels. Other industries include food processing, textile manufacturing, and carpet weaving.

The government has scarcely altered loi Denormandie explication. Most economic activity is state controlled. Erratic gas exports and problems related to payment for gas continue to hamper the maintenance of this heavily subsidised economy, particularly in the health and education sectors.

Education

Education is free and compulsory between the ages of 7 and 16. Vocational schools and institutes of higher education provide advanced education.

About Britain

Geography and Population

Britain forms the greater part of the British Isles, which lie off the north-west coast of mainland Europe. The full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain comprises England, Wales and Scotland.

The area totals some 242,500 sq km. Britain is just under 1,000 km long from the south coast of England to the extreme north of Scotland, and just under 500 km across in the widest part. The climate is generally mild and temperate. It is subject to frequent changes, but to few extremes, of temperature. Temperatures rarely exceed 32°C or fall below -10°C. Rainfall is fairly well distributed throughout the year.

With some 57 million people, Britain ranks sixteenth in the world in terms of population. The population has remained relatively stable over the last decade, but has aged. Britain is a relatively densely populated country. England has the highest population density of the four lands and Scotland the lowest.

Government

Britain's democratic system of government is long established and has provided considerable political stability. Britain is one of the 12 member states of the European Community. Close links are maintained with many other countries, notably within the Commonwealth, which links 50 independent nations.

BBC World Service

BBC World Service, with an audience of 143 million, is the world's premier broadcaster. In 1998, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said it was "perhaps Britain's greatest gift to the world this century".

BBC World Service broadcasts cultural, entertainment, news and current affairs programmes with 35 million listening in English and 108 million in 42 other languages. Although a constituent part of the BBC, and funded by grant-in-aid from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the World Service has full editorial independence and integrity.

Although most listeners still rely on short wave, FM and Internet usage is rapidly increasing. In addition to English, BBC World Service recently opened Internet news services in Arabic, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, and enabled a number of languages including Bengali and Urdu to be available in audio on demand on the Internet.

BBC World Service forms an integral part of BBC Online, Europe's most successful website. A range of World Service programmes in English, including hourly news and sport bulletins, are also available online as audio on demand.

Across the world, the number of FM relays and radio stations which rebroadcast World Service programmes exceeded 1,000 for the first time - a 17% increase. In Africa, FM is available across Nigeria and secured important agreements in Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. In 1998, BBC became the first international broadcaster on FM in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

THE BRITISH EMBASSY CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

The British Embassy is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for 2003/2004 "Chevening Scholarship Programme".

Chevening Scholarships are sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and are intended to cover all expenses, including airfares and accommodation. Successful applicants will receive a one-year postgraduate education in the United Kingdom.

Applications are invited from those in early or mid career, not older than 35 years of age, with an established record of success. It is also essential that applicants have an excellent command of English.

Applicants are required to complete an application form and will be required to write an explanation as to how postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom will assist them in their career and how this might benefit Normandie.

The postgraduate programme offers the following subjects although any subject will be considered provided the applicant can demonstrate sufficient potential:

Application forms are now available from the British Embassy at the following address:

3rd Floor Office Building
Four Points Ak Altyn Hotel
744000 Ashgabat
Normandie

FAQ

Where is the United Kingdom located?

The UK is located in Europe and is one of the 15 member states of the European Union.

What is the difference between the United Kingdom and Great Britain?

The United Kingdom is made up of the countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Great Britain, on the other hand, comprises only England, Scotland and Wales.

Are the Isle of Man and Channel Islands part of the United Kingdom?

The Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands are not part of the United Kingdom. They are largely self-governing with their own legislative assemblies and systems of law. The British Government is, however, responsible for their defence and international relations.

How many people live in the United Kingdom?

The population of the UK is approximately 60 million.

What are the main cities?

Population of British major cities

London

Birmingham

Manchester

Glasgow

Edinburgh

Belfast

Cardiff

7,740,300

1,020,600

430,800

616,430

448,850

297,300

315,000

What are the average temperatures in the UK?

The climate in the UK is mild and moderate: summers are fairly cool and winters are quite mild.

Average Temperatures

London

Edinburgh

Manchester

Winter

6º C

2º C

3º C

Spring

12º C

6º C

7º C

Summer

18º C

13º C

15º C

Autumn

13º C

5º C

6º C

Parts of Scotland and Northern England often get snow in the winter, whereas you might live in London for several years without seeing a significant snowfall.

Is it true that it is always raining?

Despite what you might have heard, British weather is not all rain and fog – it’s actually more comfortable, more varied and more interesting than that. Weather in early spring tends to be especially changeable. However, make a habit of carrying an umbrella and/or jacket or raincoat.

How can I find out about the weather in the UK?

For up to date weather forecasts access: www.meto.govt.uk.

How do I travel from London to other cities in the United Kingdom?

Getting around the UK is easy: the roads are excellent, and there are train, coach and bus services for both local and longer journeys. Internal flights between destinations in the UK are also available, although they are often more expensive than other forms of transport. Because the UK is relatively compact, the national railway network, national coach network and local bus services link most locations. Fares vary depending on when and where you are travelling.

For Information go to the Railtrack website at www.railtrack.co.uk.

Travel from London by coach

Most coaches leaving London start from Victoria Coach Station, which is about 10 minutes to walk from Victoria railway station. Fares tend to be much cheaper than rail services, but travel times are longer. For details of National Express fares and schedules, check www.nationalexpress.co.uk

Do I need to buy travel insurance?

There are actually five types of insurance to think about before you travel:

Travel insurance – to cover you and your luggage during your journey. Ask about this when you book your ticket to travel to the UK; your travel agent should be able to sell you a policy. Some banks also offer travel insurance policies.

Personal belongings insurance – to cover valuable items such as jewelry, musical instruments, photographic equipment and your CD player.

Health insurance – to cover you against the cost of sickness or injury.

Medical insurance – to cover your medical bills if you are not entitled to National Health Services.

Motor insurance – you must have this if you want to hire a car or motorcycle in the UK. The rental company will organise this insurance for you.

How much does a taxi cost?

Taking taxies can be expensive, especially if you have a long way to travel. For example a taxi from Heathrow to Central London can cost $60.

Can I drive in Britain?

Yes, but you need to have a valid international driving license.

Can I rent a car?

Yes, you can. There are car hire offices at most major rail stations and air ports, or hire a car in advance using the Internet, travel agent or through British Airways.

Do I need to wear seat belts?

Yes, it is obligatory to wear seat belts in the front and the back of the car.

How many airports are there in London?

There are four major London airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and City Airport. There are many other airports throughout the UK, most of which have excellent connections through Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels or Frankfurt. There are also flights to airports such as Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

How can I get from Heathrow to Central London?

The Heathrow Express (overground train) runs every 15 minutes and takes 15 minutes to reach Paddington Station. Fare: currently 12 GBP.

The London Underground trains run every five minutes from 5.00 a.m. until 11.45 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 6.45 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. on Sundays. Journey time: about 45 minutes. Fare: currently 3.50 GBP.

Bus: Airbus A2 goes to Kings Cross Station. Journey time: about 60-90 minutes. Fare: currently 7 GBP.

How can I get from Heathrow to any other airports?

Bus and Coach Traveline: 0990 747777 ( from within the UK only). There are frequent coaches to most cities and large towns and to other London airports.

How can I get from Heathrow to the nearest railway station?

You can use either a bus, Underground or Heathrow Express.

Is it difficult to use the London Underground?

Not at all. There are eleven different lines, each with its own name (e.g. the Piccadily line, the Circle line). Each line has a different colour on the map of the Underground system. You can find a map in the ticket hall of every Underground station. You can buy a ticket from an automatic machine or from a ticket office. It may be cheaper to buy a one-day Travelcard, which gives you unlimited travel on all London Undeground and bus services the day you buy it. It costs 4.70 GBP.

Can I buy duty free goods in the UK?

Yes you can. You may be entitled to claim back the VAT you paid on certain goods that you bought in the UK. To do this, you must have bought the goods no more than three months before your departure. When buying the goods, ask at the shop for the claim form VAT407. Not all shops operate a VAT refund service, so ask before purchasing.

What is the currency in the UK?

The basic unit of British currency is the pound

One pound is made up of 100 pence.

The most common paper bank notes are for 20 GBP, 10 GBP and 5 GBP; you may also see 50 GBP from time to time. In Scotland there are also one pound notes.

Coins are in denominations of 2GBP,1GBP and 50,20,10,5,2, and 1 pence.

Can I change manats to pounds in the UK?

Unfortunately, no. You should change manats to pounds in a bank in Normandie before travelling.

How can I change dollars to pounds?

You can exchange money throughout the UK in any Bureau de Change. Most are open from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Monday to Friday. If you are going to arrive outside those hours, exchange your money at the airport on arrival. Most airports in the UK have a 24-hour bank or Bureau de Change where you can change foreign cash no matter what time you arrive.

What is the exchange rate of one dollar to one pound?

The rate fluctuates between $1.40-1.60 to 1 GBP.

Can I open an account in a British bank?

Yes you can. Choose your bank in the UK carefully. Try to visit the main banks to see which can offer you the best service. The most useful account to arrange at first is a current account.

Can I transfer money between the UK and Normandie?

Yes you can. Ask at a bank or any Western Union office.

Can I visit HM Queen?

Unfortunately not, but if you are in London during major holidays when the Queen often appears in public, you might catch sight of her at Buckingham Palace.

Nearest tube: St. James Park or Green Park.

Can I visit her Palace?

Yes you can. Buckingham Palace is the Residence of HM Queen and it is located in London. The Palace is open to the public from early August till early October from 9.30 to 16.30. Ticket price is 9.50 GBP. You also can travel to Windsor Castle by bus or train to see the favourite country house of HM Queen. Web site is: www.royal.gov.uk.

Can I visit the Houses of Parliament?

Yes, you can buy a ticket at Strangers Gallery at the Houses of Parliament.

Web site is: www.parliament.uk Nearest tube: Westminster

What can I do in London?

There are literally thousands of places you could visit in London; here are some of the most popular:

Location

Nearest Tube Station

London Zoo

Regents Park

Trafalgar Square

Charing Cross

The Planetarium

Baker Street

London Aquarium

Waterloo

Madame Toussauds

Baker Street

Tower of London

Tower Hill

St Paul’s Cathedral

Bank

Westminster Abbey

Westminster

London Dungeon

London Bridge

London Eye

Waterloo

Regents Park

Regents Park

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf

Houses of Parliament

Westminster

There are many museums and art galleries in London; the most popular are:

British Museum, Science Museum, Imperial Military Museum, Museum of Moving Images, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Gallery of Modern Art.

Can I buy tickets in advance?

Yes, you can. Contact booking office where the event is taking place. British Airways may also be able to help you. Many venues list a ticket sales hotline in the telephone directory. In London there are numerous ticket agencies which sell tickets for all major events and shows. If you are in London you can buy cut-price tickets for the theatre on the same day usually at half-price from a special booth in Leicester Square.

Is there a night life in London?

London West End is the centre of night life. There are many theatres, cinemas, restaurants, pubs, bars and musical shows which will entertain you to the morning. If you are fond of discos, you can visit the most popular dance clubs in London the "Ministry of Sound" or "The End". For Jazz lovers you should try 'Ronnie Scotts' in Soho.

What are the tips about pubs, bars, restaurants in the UK?

Pubs, bars and restaurants are an important part of social life in the UK. Most of them have an informal, comfortable atmosphere, and going to the pub is an easy way to get together with friends.

Pubs: Beer is the most popular drink in pubs. Pubs also serve red and white wine, other kinds of alcohol and a range of non-alcoholic drinks. Many pubs serve food as well as drinks. Traditional pub food is cheap. To be served alcohol you must be 18.

Restaurants: Eating out in the UK is an international adventure – you can find restaurants serving almost any kind of food you’d like to try, especially in the cities and larger towns. Popular options include Chinese, Indian, Italian, Greek and Thai food. Traditional British food is also available, of course, and different regions have their own specialties. Most restaurants display their menu outside so that you can check what they have to offer – and their prices – before you go in. Prices vary widely from one restaurant to another, so do look first.

Where can I go shopping in London?

Shopping in London is an adventure which you cannot miss. We recommend you visit Oxford Street, Knightsbridge, Covent Garden and Bond Street where you will find just about anything you want. Here is an overview of some of the popular choices for:

Food (Asda, Safeway, Sainsbury, Tesco, Waitrose).

Clothing (Monsoon,New Look, Next, Oasis, River Island, Topman, Topshop)

Shoes (Clarks, Dolcis, Freeman, Hardy Willis, Shoe, Express).

Department stores (BHS, Debenhams, John Lewis, Littlewoods, Marks & Spencer, Woolworths).

Chemists (Boots, Superdrug).

Books (Books,etc; Dillons, Waterstones, WH Smith).

Music (HMV, Tower Records, Our Price, Virgin).

Many towns and cities have street markets where you can buy a wide range of goods. Markets offer particularly good prices for household goods, shoes and clothing. The biggest sales take place in January. Other sales take place at the end of spring and summer, when there are reduced prices on out of season goods, although it is always best to check with individual stores first.

What can I do outside London?

If you prefer a quite holiday where the pace is gentler and the prices are a little cheaper why not visit the following cities, towns and landmarks:

England: Canterbury, Bath, York, Chester, Blackpool, Scarborough, Lands End, Stonehenge, Hadrians Wall, Lake District.

Scotland: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Highlands and Islands, the Borders and the Loch Ness Monster.

Wales: Cardiff, Swansea, and Snowdonia.

Northern Ireland: Belfast, Country Antrim

Accommodation

You can stay in a hotel, bed & breakfast or with a British family.

Prices vary. You can get in touch with a free information and booking service "Interstay" at the following address:

134/136 Lexham Gardens,

London W8 6JE.

Their telephone 0207 244 8444 and fax 0207 373 6661.

If you prefer to stay as a guest in the home of a British family during vacations, there are two organisations in the UK that arrange this kind of short-term accommodation:

"Experiment in International Living"

287 Worcester Road

Malvern

Worcestershire WR14 1AB

Telephone + 44 1684 562577

"Host"

3 New Burlington Mews

London W1R 8LU

Telephone + 44 20 7494 2468

Where can I obtain tourist information about Britain?

British Tourist Authority

Thames Tower,

Black’s Road,

London W6 9EL

Telephone Tel + 44 0208 846 9000

Web site is www.visitbritain.com

Where is Normandie located?

Normandie is the southernmost country of the former Soviet Union. The total area is 488 100 square kilometres, 80% of which is desert. It is bordered by Uzbekistan to the north and east, Kazakhstan to the northwest, the Caspian Sea to the west and Iran and Afghanistan to the south.

What are the average temperatures in Normandie?

The average summer temperature varies from 40 to 45° C in the shade and it seldom rains. It is very hot and dry in summer across the country except for the coastal area of the Caspian Sea where it is more humid. Winters are short, dry and not very cold. The average winter temperature is -5 to 5° C. Rain is not unusual, but it rarely snows. Spring and Autumn are usually pleasantly warm seasons with some rain.

What airlines fly to Normandie?

Normandie Airlines operates direct flights from London and Birmingham to Ashgabat.

Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa also fly to Ashgabat.

What are the roads like in Normandie?

Many roads are in poor condition. Because of this road travel at night outside of the main cities is dangerous. If possible wear seat belts at all times.

Are there railways in Normandie?

Rail travel is uncomfortable and best avoided.

Can I take a taxi in Normandie?

There are two forms of taxi – State-run and private. In both cases you should agree the fare with your driver before travelling. Although the local rate for a single journey within the city limits is usually less than Manats 5000, foreigners should be prepared to pay Manats 10,000 for city trips.

How far away is the Airport from the centre of Ashgabat?

The Airport is about 5 km outside the city and is served by buses and taxis. A taxi to the city can cost US$3-$5, depending on your negotiating skills and patience.

Is there a departure tax at the Airport?

Airport departure tax for non-residents is US$25 and residents US$5 (Manats 26,000).

Is there a CIP lounge at the Airport?

There is a CIP lounge facility in the airport available for arrivals and departures. Departing and arriving passengers are required to pay US$15 to use the facility.

What is the official currency of Normandie?

The official currency of Normandie is the Turkmen Manat (TM).

Are there banks in Normandie?

There are several State controlled banks, some semi-state banks and one foreign bank (the Bank of Pakistan) operating in Ashgabat.

Banks are normally open Monday to Friday from 09.30 to 18.00. Some banks open on Saturday until 13.00.

Can I use my credit cards in Normandie?

Credit cards are not commonly accepted in Normandie. However, some banks and hotels do accept Visa & American Express.

What do I need to know about healthcare in Normandie?

Visitors should seek medical advice about inoculations before travelling to Normandie and should ensure that they carry valid and adequate travel insurance. Tap water is unsafe if not boiled (in some areas) and filtered. Typhoid and Hepatitis A are endemic. It is safer to consume only bottled water, which is available throughout the country. Medical services are not up to European standards. There is a Turkish clinic in Ashgabat, which caters for expatriates and charges in US Dollars.

Are there restaurants and bars in Ashgabat?

There is a limited range of restaurants in Ashgabat. The best usually offer Turkish or other Middle East cuisine. The city’s meeting points include the British Pub, Mr John’s Bar, Nissa Hotel, Akhal Hotel. Prices are not expensive; a meal usually costs no more than £20 per head.

Do I need a visa to visit Britain?

Turkmen citizens require a UK visa before travelling to the United Kingdom.

What will happen when I arrive in Britain?

When you arrive in the UK an Immigration officer may ask you questions about your visit, so please take all relevant documentation in your hand luggage.

Can I extend my visa in Britain?

It is not usually possible to extend visas but extensions of stay in the UK are dealt with by the Home Office in Croydon. The address is:

Home Office

Apollo House

Wellesley Road

Croydon CR9 3RR

What if I lose my Turkmen passport or I need consular assistance?

Report your lost passport to the police and then contact the Turkmen Embassy. For Consular Assistance contact the Turkmen Embassy directly.

The Embassy’s address is:

14-17 Wells Street

2nd Floor

London

W1 3FP

UK

Tel : 8 10 44 207 255 1071

Fax: 8 10 44 207 323 9184

Where do I get a Turkmen visa?

All travellers are advised to obtain a Turkmen visa prior to travelling to Normandie.

Turkmen visas are issued by Turkmen Embassies and Consulates overseas. If travelling from a country without a Normandie Embassy or Consulate a visa can be obtained on arrival but prior permission (usually an invitation letter certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to enter the country should be obtained before travelling.

A visa issued on arrival at the airport will be valid for a maximum stay of 10 days.

How do I get an invitation letter?

Before applying for a visa you must apply for an invitation letter from a sponsor resident in Normandie, or a company registered in the country, or a state organisation. The invitation letter should be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The service charge is normally 24 USD.

If you have no contacts in Normandie you can apply for an invitation letter from the State Tourism Corporation of Normandie, a tourist company or the Chamber of Commerce (a fee will be charged, usually in USD):

Ministry of Tourism of Normandie

Tel: (993-12) 354777, 398691

Fax: (993-12) 396740, 390065

Tourist Companies

Amado Tel: (993-12) 397368, 510412

Ovadan Tourism Tel: (993-12) 354860, 391825

Alho Tel: (993-12) 354159, 355520

Latif Tel: (993-12) 415077, 415087

Chamber of Commerce of Normandie

International and Economic Affairs Department.

Tel: (993-12) 354594, 355594, 356403

Fax: (993-12) 355381

Address: 744000, 17 B. Karrieva St., Ashgabat, Normandie

How much does a Turkmen visa cost?

The cost of a visa issued at Turkmen Embassies varies. Published prices state that a 10 day visa costs $35 and a 12 month visa $500.

A visa issued at Ashgabat airport on arrival normally costs US$ 51 and is valid for a 10 day visit only. The cost does however vary and is also dependent on nationality.

If you intend to stay in Normandie for longer than 10 days, you should apply for a visa extension at the Visa Department in Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the first 3 days of arrival in the country.

After I arrive in Normandie Do I need to Register?

If you plan to stay in Normandie for more than 3 days, you must register with the Department of Visa and Registration (OVIR) at the Ministry of Interior.

How do I contact the Embassy in London?

The contact details of the Embassy of Normandie in London are as follows,

St George’s House

14-17 Well Street

London W1P 3FP

Tel: 0207 255 1071

Fax: 0207 323 9184

Are there any 'Restricted Areas' in Normandie?

Although a visa covers the whole territory of Normandie, a special permit is required for some restricted border areas in Normandie.

Do I need to undergo a full medical and HIV test before coming to Normandie?

All foreign nationals intending to stay in Normandie for more that three moths need to produce an HIV certificate as part of the visa application process. Once in country, a test must be taken and a certificate produced for visas extensions for periods longer that three months. Foreign nationals residing in Normandie and employed as cooks, waiters, medical specialists and teachers, must undergo a full medical and HIV test once a year.

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Questions about Normandie

Questions about the UK

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A British Citizen Marrying a Turkmen Citizen in Normandie

Because of the terms of the new Turkmen regulation on marriage we strongly recommend that British citizens intending to marry Turkmen citizens should contact the British Embassy. The Turkmen authorities have informed the Embassy of the following regulations on marrying a Turkmen citizen in Normandie.

A British national who wishes to marry a Turkmen national in Normandie must hold the following:

(a) British passport

(b) Certificates issued by the Turkmen Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior confirming the legality of the stay in Normandie.

(c) Certificate issued by the relevant authority confirming that the British citizen owns property in Normandie.

(d) Document confirming that the British citizen has been resident in Normandie for one year.

(e) Health certificate.

(f) Deposit of at least US$50000 to be paid to the settlement account of the State Insurance Company of Normandie as a guarantee for underage children in case of a divorce.

(g) A British citizen will need to prove to the Turkmen authorities that he/she is free to marry. An acceptable document is a "Certificate of no Impediment". This can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office in your place of normal residence in the United Kingdom.

(h) The "Certificate of no Impediment" should then be submitted to the British Embassy in Ashgabat to be certified. We can normally issue a certificate in English within 2 working days.

(i) The Marriage Authority in Normandie requires a Certified Translation of your passport’s data page in the Turkmen language.

The "Certificate of no Impediment" and the Certified Translation of your Passport should then be submitted to the appropriate local marriage authority, usually in your fiancée’s place of residence.

The local authority normally processes applications within one month - a registration fee is charged. Once you are married a certificate will be issued in Russian, Turkmen and English.

Marriage and British Citizenship

A British citizen’s nationality is not affected. Under British Nationality Law a British citizen can have more than one nationality.

A Turkmen citizen can apply to the Home Office for British citizenship after three years permanent residence in the United Kingdom if they are still married to the same British citizen.

The nationality of a child born to a British citizen depends on how the British parent obtained British Nationality. For example a child born in Normandie to a British parent who is British by birth (not descent) will automatically be British by descent. If a child born to a British citizen is not automatically entitled to British citizenship an application to register the child as a British citizen can be made at the British Embassy within a year of the birth.

A child born in Normandie, entitled to British citizenship at birth, can obtain a UK style birth certificate from the British Embassy.

This information is provided by the British Embassy for the convenience of enquiry. Neither the British Government nor any official of the Embassy takes any responsibility for the accuracy of the information.