Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all or all but essential travel to different parts of the country according to provincial region:

Kabul

  • the FCO advise against all travel to the Surobi, Paghman, Musayhi, Khak-e Jabbar and Chahar Asyab Districts of Kabul province

  • the FCO advise against all but essential travel to the city of Kabul

If you’re travelling in Kabul, take particular care on Airport road, Jalalabad road and Darulaman road. Avoid travelling on Jalalabad and Darulaman roads during commuter or other busy times (around 6am to 8am, 9am to 11am and 3pm to 4pm local time), when traffic can be heaviest and the risk of an attack against government and western people or interests is most likely. Avoid travel between cities at night time. Avoid travelling along Airport road except for essential movements as attacks are likely throughout the day.

Northern Afghanistan

  • the FCO advise against all travel to Balkh, Kunduz, Badakhshan and the Baghlan-e Jadid District of Baghlan

  • the FCO advise against all but essential travel to Takhar, Faryab, Jawzjan, Samangan, Sari Pul and the remainder of Baghlan

Eastern Afghanistan

  • the FCO advise against all travel to Ghazni, Kapisa, Khost, Kunar, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Paktika, Wardak and Paktya

  • the FCO advise against all but essential travel to Bamiyan, Parwan and Panjshir

Southern Afghanistan

  • the FCO advise against all travel to Helmand, Kandahar, Nimroz, Uruzgan and Zabul

Western Afghanistan

  • the FCO advise against all travel to Badghis and Farah, and the Shindand and Gozarah Districts of Herat province

  • the FCO advise against all but essential travel to Dai Kundi, Ghor and remaining districts in Herat

There is a high threat from terrorism and specific methods of attack are evolving and increasing in sophistication. There is a high threat of kidnapping throughout the country. See Terrorism

In recent months there have been a number of significant attacks in Kabul, including:

10 August 2015 - a vehicle borne explosive device was detonated on the main roundabout outside Kabul International Airport killing at least 6 people

7 August 2015 - a large vehicle borne explosive device detonated in a residential area in the south of Kabul, killing at least 8 people and injuring several hundred

7 August 2015 - an attack involving suicide bomber and gunmen was carried out against a US military base

6 August 2015 - a suicide bomber detonated inside a police academy in Kabul, killing at least 25

25 July 2015 - rockets were fired at Kabul airport

7 July 2015 - a vehicle borne explosive device was used in an attack against a US convoy

20 June 2015 - a vehicle borne explosive device was used in an attack against a military convoy on airport road

22 June 2015 - a number of attackers carried out a complex attack against the Afghan parliament

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.