Ashgabat International Airport begins checking phones of Turkmen citizens arriving in Turkmenistan

Citizens of Turkmenistan, who arrive in Ashgabat, are checked, as regards their personal data in mobile phones, one of the inhabitants of Turkmenistan told Azatlyk Radio.

“When I flew to Ashgabat International Airport its employees took my phone and checked it,” the woman said. The woman returned from London and, having seen  some pictures of a foreigner, her boyfriend, in her phone, airport employees began to rude her and wonder who this young man is.

According to her, airport employees also checked the phones of her two girlfriends.

Passengers of Ashgabat – Istanbul flights told Azattyk Radio that in addition to security control and document verification by border and migration officials, they are subjected to a second examination with dogs. In June and August 2017, there were some reports stating that several passengers departing from Ashgabat to Istanbul and Dubai were removed from these flights.

The radio informs that airport employees ask people departing from the country about the purpose of traveling abroad, they check the amount of cash and require a letter from the place of work about the permission to leave.

Recall that the TDH  State News Agency, Turkmenistan, has previously informed that all power structures are moving to a round-the-clock order of work for the time of the Asian Games, the borders are subject to closure, the visa order is limited, and customs control is strengthened. Also, permission to enter and leave the country will be given to individuals on issues of a private and social nature.

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