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

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

Recent months have seen the following attacks against foreign targets:

26 February 2015 - a Turkish embassy vehicle was attacked by a suicide vehicle borne IED, killing 1 person

29 January 2015 - a gunman opened fire against American contractors at the airport complex, killing 3 people

25 January 2015 - a vehicle borne explosive device detonated near the north entrance to Kabul airport

12 January 2014 - a British Embassy vehicle was attacked by a small explosive device in eastern Kabul

5 January 2015 - a USAID vehicle was targeted by a small explosive device near the airport

11 December 2014 - a suicide bomber detonated during a stage performance at the French funded Istiqlal High School, killing a German national

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.