Travel Advice for Afghanistan
Afghanistan
Capital: Kabul

No travellers should enter Afghanistan and great care is needed in bordering countries and especially regions close to the international border with Afghanistan.

Time Zone GMT + 4.5
Telephone
Services
Country Code: At the time of writing, no telephone, fax, telex, telegram, or postal services were available
IDD: NO International Direct Dialling is available
Outgoing Code: Currently not present
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
Not present.
Tourist
Information
Afghan Tourist Organisation (ATO), Ansari Wat, Shar-i-Nau, Kabul, Afghanistan, Tel: (9251) 30323.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all. Return Ticket required. Requirements may be subject to short-term change. Contact the relevant authority before departure.
Visa
Information
Visa required by all except: Nationals of Afghanistan holding official passports. Travellers holding re-entry permits issued by Afghanistan. Travellers holding confirmed onward tickets and continuing their journey to another country by the same aircraft within 2 hours.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid, Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists in the falciparum and vivax varieties.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required if arriving from endemic or infected areas. Travellers arriving from non endemic areas should note that vaccination is strongly recommended for travel outside the urban areas.
Other Health Risks: Cutaneous leishmaniasis, Cholera, tick born relapsing fever, Typhus, and Rabies are all present.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency Afghani (Af) = 100 puls.
Credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted.
ATM availability: Unavailable.
Cost of
Living
Limited accommodation and commodities in Kabul. All are inexpensive.
Languages Pashtu and Dari Persian. English, French, German and Russian are also spoken.
Weather Regions above 2500m are extremely cold. There are considerable differences between temperatures in the summer and winter and between day and night in lowland regions and the valleys.
Electricity 220 volts AC, 50 Hz.
Post No postal, telephone, fax or telex services available.
Transport Buses, trolley buses and taxis operate in Kabul. It is essential to check these services with the relevant airline offices
Special
Information
EXTREME RISK: No travellers should enter Afghanistan and great care is needed in bordering countries and especially regions close to the international border with Afghanistan.