AFGHANISTAN TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan has been the centre of many powerful empires for the past 2,000 years. However, in the last 40 years the country has been in chaos due to major wars -- from the Soviet invasion of 1979 to their withdrawal in 1989 and from warlordism to the removal of the Taliban in 2001 and the ensuing American and NATO invasion. Economically, Afghanistan is considered poor compared to many other nations of the world. The country is currently going through a nation-wide rebuilding process.

 

While it has much to offer to the intrepid traveller caution is advised and travel to Kabul is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Afghanistan has restarted international flights.Point-of-entry screening has been introduced. Not everyone is being screened, but those who are and who show a temperature of more than 38ºC may be sent for isolation direct to one of 2 national hospitals (Kabul Infectious Disease and Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital in Kabul) or 5 provincial hospitals. These hospitals are outside of the Enhanced Security Zone.

 

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  • Capital: Kabul (moved from Kandahar in 1772)

  • Currency: afghani (AFN)

  • Area: 647,500 km²

  • Population: 37,17 million (2018)

  • Language: Afghan Persian 50%, Pashto35%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%, 30 minor languages (primarily Balochi and Pashai) 4%, much bilingualism

  • Religion: Sunni Muslim ca. 80%, Shi'a Muslim 19%, other 1%

  • Electricity: 220V, 50Hz +/-50%

 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 15 February, Liberation Day
  • 28 April, Victory Day
  • 19 August, Independence Day

Also, Now Rouz (New Year) and Islamic holidays and festivals.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Arid To Semiarid; Cold Winters And Hot Summers

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

If you're looking for a very adventurous (and potentially also dangerous) experience, you can go skiing in Bamyan, Central Afghanistan. Be warned, there is currently no ski lift and you need your own equipment!

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

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