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Afghanistan Travel Information

The Basics


GMT +4.5


Electrical current is 220 - 240 volts, 50Hz. Plugs with either two or three round pins are standard.


Pashto and Dari are the official languages of Afghanistan, and the most widely spoken.

Travel Health

A yellow fever vaccination is required for all travellers arriving from infected areas. Vaccinations are also recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid. Travellers should be up to date on their vaccinations for polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria, and those spending a good deal of time outdoors and at possible risk of animal bites should also consider a vaccination for rabies.

Tap water shouldn't be drunk unless it has first been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected.

Medical facilities are limited in Afghanistan and medications are often in short supply. Comprehensive travel health insurance is recommended and all essential medications should be taken along.

Local Customs

Afghanistan is an Islamic country and visitors should be respectful of Islamic traditions and laws, particularly during the month of Ramadan. Homosexuality is illegal. Travellers should be careful about what they photograph as it is illegal to take pictures of government buildings, military installations and palaces, and the locals don't always appreciate being photographed either. It is illegal to buy or export historical antiquities without a receipt from an authorised dealer and travellers may be asked for proof of purchase when leaving the country.

Duty Free

Local currency can be imported and exported up to an amount of AFN 500. Each person may import a reasonable amount of tobacco and perfume for personal use. Alcohol is prohibited.

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