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Last verified: Thursday, 19. September 2019 at 07:22 AM

Afghanistan Travel Advisory

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Warning Level Icon It is not safe to travel Afghanistan

Local Situation: 5.0 / 5

It is not safe to travel Afghanistan. We detected travel advisories from 11 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.8 / 5

Afghanistan shares a land border with 6 neighbouring states. For this region of countries (including Afghanistan), the Advisory Index is 2.8 (average value over all countries). All countries have some reported advisories: Pakistan (3.7), Iran (3.1), China (2.3), Tajikistan (2), Turkmenistan with 2 and Uzbekistan with 1.8 (of 5).

Risk scoring history for Afghanistan

Chart of the risk level over that last 200 days. This is the daily calculated travel risk for Afghanistan.

Chart of the number of sources over that last 200 days. This is the daily number of advisory sources (of any rating) that have been active on that day.

Note: Changes happening on the 28th/29th of July 2019 are related to a change in the software and number of sources processed.

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Afghanistan from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 5.0 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Australia

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There is a heightened threat of terrorist attack in the lead up to presidential elections on 28 September 2019, and possibly beyond. Avoid political rallies and other election-related gatherings, as they could turn violent without warning (see Safety and security). The level of our advice has not changed. Do not travel to Afghanistan.

Source: http://smartraveller.gov.au/Countries/asia/south/Pages/afghanistan.aspx

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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Do not travel to Afghanistan due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict.  Travel to all areas of Afghanistan is unsafe because of critical levels of kidnappings, hostage taking, suicide bombings, widespread military combat operations, landmines, and terrorist and insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne, magnetic, ...

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/afghanistan-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Germany

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Afghanistan: Reisewarnung: Reisewarnung. The German government advises againt travelling this country.

Source: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/afghanistansicherheit/204692

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Austria

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The Austrian Government advises again travelling Afghanistan.

Source: https://www.bmeia.gv.at//reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/afghanistan/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid all travel.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/afghanistan

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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Do not travel to Afghanistan. The hostile and unpredictable security situation, high and ongoing threat of terrorism and kidnapping of foreigners present a significant risk to New Zealanders in Afghanistan. New Zealanders currently in Afghanistan are advised to depart as soon as it is safe to do so. New Zealanders who decide to travel to Afghanistan against ...

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/afghanistan

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Cyprus

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese nationals against all travel to Afghanistan.

Source: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Undvik alla resor - Säkerhetsläget är kritiskt eller dåligt i hela landet, men det förekommer regionala skillnader. Utlänningar som reser till landet av tvingade skäl ska vara ytterst försiktiga. Kontrollera innan resan att säkerhetsarrangemangen är pålitliga gällande resor i landet, inkvartering och alla platser som ska besökas.

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/AF

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Denmark

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Vi fraråder alle rejser til Afghanistan pga. risiko for terror og kidnapning. Landet er præget af en række væbnede konflikter, og der er en meget høj sikkerhedsrisiko. Hvis du vælger at rejse, bør du søge professionel rådgivning.

Source: http://um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/rejse-til-udlandet/rejsevejledninger/Afghanistan/

About Afghanistan

Afghanistan with its capital Kabul is a country in Asia (Southern Asia), slightly smaller than Texas (647,500 km²). The country is located Southern Asia, north and west of Pakistan, east of Iran. The climate can be described as arid to semiarid; cold winters and hot summers. The landscape is mostly rugged mountains; plains in north and southwest. With a population of about 32.74 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Kabul
Population about 32.74 million
Size 647.500 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Texas
Common languages Persian, Pushto, Turkmen, Uzbek
Currency Afghani (short: AFN)
Common voltage (electricity) 220V - 50Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 900/1800
International phone prefix +93
Internet Top Level Domain .af
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 AF
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 AFG
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 4

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Afghanistan is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • air and water pollution
  • deforestation (much of the remaining forests are being cut down for fuel and building materials)
  • desertification
  • inadequate supplies of potable water
  • limited natural freshwater resources
  • overgrazing
  • soil degradation

Natural hazzards

  • damaging earthquakes occur in Hindu Kush mountains
  • droughts
  • flooding

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Afghanistan. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. apparel
  2. cement
  3. coal
  4. copper
  5. fertilizer
  6. food products
  7. furniture
  8. handwoven carpets
  9. mineral water
  10. natural gas

Agriculture products

  1. fruits
  2. lambskins
  3. mutton
  4. nuts
  5. opium
  6. poppies
  7. sheepskins
  8. wheat
  9. wool

Afghan Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Afghanistan.

Export products

  1. cotton
  2. fruits
  3. handwoven carpets
  4. hides
  5. nuts
  6. opium
  7. pelts
  8. precious
  9. semi-precious gems
  10. wool

Import products

  1. food
  2. machinery
  3. other capital goods
  4. petroleum products
  5. textiles

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Afghanistan?

Afghanistan is currently rated at 5,0 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 11 official sources. It is not safe to travel Afghanistan.

Is it safe to travel Afghanistan in 2019?

With these high scores (5,0) you should avoid all kind of travel to Afghanistan and maybe pick another location. This is not a place for holidays.

How many travel advisories do you know for Afghanistan?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 11 individual sources for Afghanistan.

What is the size of Afghanistan?

Afghanistan has a size of 647,500 km² or 250,001 mi² which is slightly smaller than Texas.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.