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Procedure for the organization of entrance and outbound tourism in Turkmenistan

I. General provisions

1.1. This Procedure is developed for the purpose of creation of the modern, highly effective and competitive tourist industry in Turkmenistan and determines the sequence of the procedure of the organization of entry of foreign tourists into Turkmenistan and departure of citizens of Turkmenistan abroad, according to the Presidential decree of Turkmenistan No. PP3531 from 23.12.01g. and Resolutions of the President of Turkmenistan of September 9, 1999 No. 4348 and of March 30, 1998 No. 3661, and also establishes order of interaction of the services interested in it and departments of Turkmenistan.

1.2. The organization entrance (travel within Turkmenistan of persons who are not living constantly in Turkmenistan) and exit (travel of persons who are constantly living in Turkmenistan to other country) tourism, is performed by the tourist company, having State license for implementation of the tourist activities issued by the State Committee of Turkmenistan on tourism and sport (further - "State Committee").

1.3. Coordination of activities for the organization of entrance and outbound tourism is performed by the State Committee. Control, behind observance of application of this Procedure is performed by the State Committee in interaction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, Committee of homeland security of Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan, the State Border Service of Turkmenistan, the State customs of Turkmenistan.

II. Document creation for departure of citizens of Turkmenistan abroad through tourism and entry of foreign tourists into Turkmenistan

For departure of tourists citizens of Turkmenistan abroad

2.1. Departure of tourist groups and tourists individuals abroad, is performed according to the Presidential decree of Turkmenistan No. PP3531 from 23.12.01g.

For entry of foreign tourists into Turkmenistan

2.2. For execution of entrance visas to Turkmenistan to foreign tourists, the tourist companies of Turkmenistan provide the following documents in GTP:

cover letter (appendix 1);

the invitation to foreign tourists to Turkmenistan in the form established the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan in five copies;

program of stay of foreign tourists in Turkmenistan;

the schedule of entry into Turkmenistan under the agreement, on confirmation of the foreign partner and/or individual tourist, on the approved tour (copy).

2.3. GTP makes check and registration of the filed documents, four copies transfer to the tourist company for their direction in UKS MIDT.

2.4. UKS MIDT, having received the documents registered in GTP, in time the invitation draws up no more than 10 calendar days, and transfers them to the tourist company.

2.5. The tourist company sends the invitation approved with UKS MIDT to the foreign partner or the invited foreign tourist.

The entrance visa to Turkmenistan is issued in Embassies of Turkmenistan abroad or consular departments the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan in the established places of crossing of Frontier of Turkmenistan.

III. The organization of departure of tourists citizens of Turkmenistan abroad and entry of foreign tourists into Turkmenistan through tourism

For departure of tourists citizens of Turkmenistan abroad

3.1. For the direction of tourists abroad the tourist companies provide in GTP in place of registration of the company, the following documents:

cover letter (appendix 2);

the list of tourist group in six copies (appendix 3);

the copy of the letter (fax) of confirmation of the foreign partner on opening of the entrance visa of the country of visit or about readiness of acceptance of tourists;

confirmation tour. company of the fact of payment of tour.

3.2. GTP registers the list of group of tourists, confirmation on acceptance of tourists and draws up individual tours then the cover letter (appendices 4, 5) is sent by the list of tourist group to boundary and customs authorities of Turkmenistan through which its departure will be performed.

3.3. In case of the address of tourists directly in GTP, registration of departure of tourists it is performed according to the procedure, specified in subitem 3.1., 3.2. this Procedure.

For entry of foreign tourists into Turkmenistan

3.4. For acceptance of foreign tourists the tourist companies in Turkmenistan provide the following documents in GTP:

cover letter (appendix 6);

list of foreign tourists;

the specified program of stay of foreign tourists in Turkmenistan;

approved about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan the copy of the invitation to foreign tourists to Turkmenistan.

3.5. GTP registers the list of foreign tourists, draws up individual entrance tours then the cover letter (appendices 7, 8) is sent by the list of tourist group to boundary and customs authorities of Turkmenistan through which its entrance will be performed.

3.6. In case of prolongation of duration of round, modification and amendments in the program of route of foreign tourists, and also in case of visit of border area, stay in which was not approved in case of receipt of the entrance visa, the tourist company will approve these changes about the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and informs on the specified changes of GTP.

IV. Mode of entrance and departure, meeting farewell to tourists, boundary and customs formalities

4.1. The tourist companies provide meeting and farewell foreign tourists and tourists citizens of Turkmenistan at check points on Frontier of Turkmenistan. The omission of the meeting staff of the tourist companies (motor transport) is performed according to one-time omissions, issued by the State Border Service of Turkmenistan or administration of the International airport of Saparmurat Turkmenbasha according to the petition of the State Committee.

The tourist company bears complete responsibility for observance of rules of stay and movement of foreign tourists on the territory of Turkmenistan and tourists - citizens of Turkmenistan in adoptive state (abroad). In case of detection of the facts of violations from tourists, to the tourist company, the servicing this tourist, measures of administrative nature will be applied, up to withdrawal of the state license for implementation of tourist activities.

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