While it’s technically possible to get to Turkmenistan, you’ll devote the better part of the pandemic to figuring out how. You’ll need a certified letter of invitation from the host government, a difficult-to-get visa, and you’ll need to pay a registration fee and register with the State Migration Service, or SMS. The process ranks right up there with North Korea.

The capital, Ashgabat, is sometimes referred to as the “city of the dead.” On the outside,