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Afghanistan Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT +4.5

Electricity

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

Language

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

Travel Health

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 religious traditions and laws, particularly during the month of Ramadan. Homosexuality is illegal, as is taking pictures of government buildings, military installations and palaces, and the locals don't always appreciate being photographed either. It's 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 small amount of tobacco and perfume for personal use. Alcohol is prohibited.

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