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| Ashgabat is a big airport with very limited traffic. Arrived very early in the morning and had to queue at the visa desk which took just on two hours. If you don't have a visa prior to arrival you can get one at the airport, the process is quite long and takes a lot of time. First you queue in the visa line and hand over document and passport. Then you queue at the cash desk which can take a lot of time to hand over the money and the tourist tax (which everyone has to pay so this line is the busiest), once done with that back to the visa desk to get the documents back (the cashier desk only accept USD some people had euros which caused some delays. They have to be post 2003 clean and crisp otherwise they won't accept it). They have fingerprint scanners which sometimes work or not. Then immigration which the guy was lovely and was very welcoming, one of the best immigration experiences I have had in a while. Your passport gets checked again before going down the escalator which has an amazing green hand rail. Luggage was waiting for me then go through customs and have passport checked again to leave. Airport officials will ask for bribes and will charge you if your unlucky they also don't give change. It's a cool airport yet it's forbidden to take photos which is strange.