Afghanistan Travel Information
The security situation in Afghanistan is very
challenging. There are frequent attacks, and security
operations are ongoing in most of Afghanistan.
security situation in Afghanistan is very challenging.
There are frequent attacks, and security operations are
ongoing in most of Afghanistan. The armed struggle
between the Taliban and the Afghan government continues
with great force. A number of terrorist organizations
are in Afghanistan. It includes the Islamic State of
Khorasan province, which is considered to be behind a
number of civilian attacks.
The risk of being hit by terrorist attacks and
fighting is considerable in most places in Afghanistan.
In many cases, military and civilian international
targets are not distinguished. Public offices, foreign
representations and hotels are often regarded as high
profile targets. There is a considerable risk of being
hit by suicide bombing and the use of road bombs.
Crime in the country has worsened in line with the
negative developments in the general security situation.
Ordinary crime and politically motivated violence in
many cases have common features that make it difficult
to distinguish between them.
There is a significant risk of murder, kidnapping,
kidnapping and robbery. There are many mines and
unexcused explosives around the country, which can cause
personal injury and, in the worst case, death.
Kabul is the capital of Afghanistan. Check to find information of
population, geography, history, and economy about the capital city.
The availability of medical assistance is very
Afghanistan is located in an earthquake exposed area.
There were earthquakes with a four-digit number of
fatalities in 1998 and 2002, and hundreds more died in a
major quake in the fall of 2015. Snowy winters cause
major flood problems in the spring solution in many
places. Snow and landslides can also occur during
periods of heavy rainfall.
Outside of major cities, there will in many cases be
only occasional communication options, and it is
therefore advisable to include satellite telephone when
traveling outside urban areas.
Afghanistan's infrastructure and road links are
poorly developed, which means that large parts of the
country are at times difficult to access and sometimes
One should make sure you have a valid travel
insurance that covers travel to Afghanistan.
In Kabul, the local emergency number is currently 119
for police and health services.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
A valid visa is required for entry into Afghanistan
for all Norwegian citizens. A visa must be obtained
before entering Afghanistan. It is the traveler's
responsibility to ensure that travel documents, visas,
etc. are valid.
A visa must be obtained before entering Afghanistan
and cannot be obtained at the border. The passport must
be valid for at least six months after the scheduled
Tourist visas usually have a validity of one month.
You can apply for a visa extension at the Afghan Foreign
For the latest updated information on entry rules to
Afghanistan, travelers are encouraged to contact the
Afghan Embassy in Oslo. For customs regulations, it is
referred to the Afghan Ministry of Finance.
Health services in Afghanistan are limited. There are
some private, international medical centers in Kabul
that can be used for easier illnesses. Beyond this, the
provision is mainly limited to the local health care
system. In severe cases, leaving Afghanistan for
treatment is recommended.
One should contact the health station well in advance
of departure to get updated information on which
vaccines should be taken. Public Health Institute's
overview of current vaccines for travel in Asia.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared in the
spring of 2014 that polio virus is a threat to
international public health. To prevent the spread of
polio, Norwegian health authorities provide travel
advice on polio vaccination before stays in several
countries, and especially when staying for more than
four weeks. Countries with less local polio outbreaks,
such as Afghanistan, are also advised to follow WHO's
See complete information at the Institute of Public
The best way to stay healthy in Afghanistan is to
exercise common sense and take common precautions. Tap
water should be avoided even if it is boiled. To be
safe, one should stick to bottled water. This is easily
accessible. Make sure the bottle you buy is properly
sealed. Fruits and vegetables not to be cooked should be
placed in disinfectant liquid (milton or potassium
permaganate) and rinsed in clean water. Meat should be
cooked through. There is limited control of locally
Medicines are mainly imported from neighboring
countries and are of varying quality. It is recommended
that you bring necessary medicines from Norway.
The time difference to Norway is + 2.5 hours
summertime and + 3.5 hours winter time. The area code
for calls from Norway to Afghanistan is +93.
The telephone network and cellular coverage in Kabul
are relatively good, but in certain situations may be
unstable. Norwegian mobile phones can usually be used.
It is possible to acquire Afghan mobile subscriptions
for longer stays.
The voltage in the mains is 220 volts. The local
power supply is unstable. Those who have the opportunity
have their own aggregates. It is recommended to bring a
plug adapter, as you can meet at various types of
Some major hotels accept credit cards, or you have to
spend cash. The local currency, Afghan, and US dollars
are used interchangeably. There are few ATMs. The price
level for places frequented by international is
Stores generally have long opening hours and there
are few or no standards for this. Banks and public
offices are closed on Fridays as well as public
Around half of Afghans are illiterate, but with an
increase in schooling the proportion is becoming
smaller. This is accompanied by a lack of Western
language skills. Most Pashtunians speak both Pashtu and
Dari. Most Tajiks speak only dari, a language very close
to Iranian Persian. Several millions have been refugees
in Pakistan and Iran and speak Urdu or Persian. Where
most foreigners travel, they often meet highly educated
Afghans who speak English and other languages.
Foreigners are encouraged to dress decently. For men,
this means that one should not wear shorts outdoors. For
women, this means wearing foot pants or skirts and
long-sleeved blouses/jackets. Women are not required to
wear veils. Still, many non-Muslim women living and
working in Afghanistan prefer to wear a headscarf when
traveling outdoors. This is especially true of those who
work closely with Afghans in NGOs and international
Both alcohol and drugs are available in the country
although prohibited. Nevertheless, in the big cities,
restaurants and restaurants that sell alcohol are
primarily foreigners. Serving or selling alcohol to
Afghans is prohibited. Afghans can be punished for
possessing or consuming alcohol. Drugs are prohibited