Afghanistan

Entry virtually impossible or very difficult. Test required.
Quarantine required.

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What is the COVID situation in Afghanistan?

+25 New COVID cases in Afghanistan
+1 New COVID deaths in Afghanistan
8.95% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on December 3, 2021

Data last reviewed on: 15 October 2021

Basic facts about Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a large country located in Southern Asia. The capital of Afghanistan is Kabul and the most spoken language is Pashto. The national currency in Afghanistan is Afghan afghani (AFN).

What taxi apps are available in Afghanistan?

Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in Afghanistan. However, there may be also other local taxi apps available there.

Practical information

Afghan afghani (AFN)Official currency
1 EUR~108.78 AFN
1 USD~96.15 AFN

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks: Wise.com, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in Afghanistan?

There are 3 common languages spoken in Afghanistan: Pashto, Uzbek and Turkmen. Traveling across Afghanistan if English is your first (and only) language may be difficult due to language barriers. You can go into someone who doesn't comprehend the word that you speak. Learn a few distress phrases, such as aid, emergency, and police, as a precaution, and of course, the most important phrase to know is “Do you speak English?”

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Afghanistan was ranked 79th out of 100 countries in 2020.

What socket types are used in Afghanistan?

There are 2 common plug types used in Afghanistan:

Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type F 220 V, 50 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter Afghanistan?

What are visa requirements to enter Afghanistan?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Afghanistan.

Data last reviewed on: 15 October 2021

Is it safe in Afghanistan?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On August 31, 2021, the risk level for Afghanistan was changed to Level 4: Do Not Travel.

Emergency phones in Afghanistan

119 Police
112 Ambulance
112 Fire police

Check travel information also for neighbor countries of Afghanistan:

ChinaIranPakistanTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistan
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