Despite the volatility of the country in recent years, Afghanistan is still a richly historic destination in the Middle East. Afghanistan contains numerous mountains and lakes to venture and explore. Band-e Amir is one of Afghanistan’s main tourist attractions. It is a group of five beautiful lakes that makes up the first national park. Afghanistan is also home to countless historical and religious landmarks including the Bamiyan Buddhist sculptures and the Minaret of Jam. Travellers are discouraged from visiting Afghanistan, but it is not forbidden. By sticking to the northern section of the country, risks are significantly reduced.

 

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Entry and Exit Requirements for Afghanistan

Italian visitors to Afghanistan must hold a valid passport and have a visa to enter into the country. Due to the volatile political and security environment of Afghanistan, it is recommended that each traveler have an emergency evacuation plan in place before entering the country, and visas to neighboring countries that may be a part of this emergency evacuation plan should be considered as well. Please note that travelers will be barred from entering the country if they have an Israeli passport, an Israeli border stamp or a border stamp from Egypt or Jordan.

Travel Information and Italian Embassy locations for Afghanistan

Italian citizens should not enter into Afghanistan without first contacting the Embassy in Kabul. Citizens should make contact with the office before travel, upon arrival, and again to let them know of specific travel plans. This will give the Embassy a chance to inform visitors of the specific security or safety risks and important information to help mitigate risk within the country. Travellers should keep the address of and contact information for the Embassy with them at all times while in Afghanistan.

Embassy of Italy
Great Massoud Road, Kabul
Tel: (+93) 20 21 03 144
24/7 Emergency line: (+93) (0) 700 28 89 42
e-mail: ambasciata.kabul@esteri.it

Visit the Embassy website prior to your departure.

Safety and Security in Afghanistan

Visitors are responsible for their own security when entering into Afghanistan, and it is wise to adhere to all travel advisories set forth by the Italian Government. In the event of a crisis situation, the Italian Government will assist citizens in leaving the country to the best of its ability. Travel in Afghanistan is very hazardous, and Italians, like other citizens of Western countries, are often targets for terrorists. The ability of the Italian Government to work and negotiate with terrorists is limited.

Kidnapping is a concern when travelling through Afghanistan as are other crimes such as rape and robbery. Demonstrations and civil unrest commonly occur throughout the country, and there are millions of landmines in particularly war torn areas. Road travel is extremely dangerous, and visitors should never travel at night. Food and water shortages are quite common, and comforts like reliable telephone service and electricity are minimally available.

Tourism to Afghanistan is strongly discouraged, and security is unpredictable. If travel to Afghanistan is necessary, the utmost caution should be taken at all times. Visitors should assess risks, pay attention to surroundings, and remain vigilant about safety. Finally, travelers should remain in contact with the Embassy at all times.

climate afghanistaClimate afgha 2Average temperatures in Afghanistan may vary depending on the region of your stay, so be sure to consider each area you plan to visit and pack clothing and skin and eye protectants that will adequately shield you from the effects of both regular and hazardous weather conditions.


 

Health Alerts for Afghanistan

When preparing for a trip to Afghanistan it is important to know the disease risks that may impact you while abroad. In combination with obtaining recommended and required travel vaccines from your Travel Health Specialist, please see the collection of Afghanistan Health Alerts below to sufficiently prepare your body for your time abroad.

INFLUENZA Worldwide
May '16 – According to the CDC, annual vaccination against seasonal influenza is recommended for all people 6-months of age and older. Globally, influenza activity is low in most regions. In North America, influenza activity continues to decrease. In Europe, influenza activity continues to decrease in most countries. In northern Africa and the Middle East, influenza activity continues to decrease or remained low in most countries; however activity remained high in Jordan and Turkey. In the temperate countries of Asia, influenza activity continued to decrease, but continues to remain high in the Republic of Korea. In tropical countries of the Americas, influenza activity remains low in most countries. In tropical Asia, influenza activity began to decline in India but continued to decrease in southern China and Hong Kong SAR. In tropical Africa, influenza activity increased in western Africa, however Madagascar reported declining influenza activity. Lastly, in the southern hemisphere influenza activity remains at inter-seasonal levels.
Sources Include: International Society for Infectious Diseases, Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.


POLIO in Afghanistan
May '16 - CDC and WHO recommend that all international travelers be fully vaccinated against polio. Additionally, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine if traveling to a polio-affected country. The following countries have reported polio cases in the last year (2015): Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The following countries reported polio cases in the past year: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Guinea, Laos, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Ukraine.
According to the CDC, as of May 5, 2014, anyone staying in any of the polio-affected countries for more than 4 weeks may be required to show proof of polio vaccination when departing the country; in these instances polio vaccine must be received between 4 weeks and 12 months prior to departure from the polio-affected country and should be documented in the yellow International Certificate of Vaccination in order to avoid delays in transit or forced vaccination in country.
Sources Include: International Society for Infectious Diseases, Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.