The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all or all but essential travel to different parts of the country according to provincial region:
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
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
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
- the FCO advise against all travel to Helmand, Kandahar, Nimroz, Uruzgan and Zabul
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
On the evening of 17 January 2014 the La Taverna Restaurant situated in Wazir Akhbar Khan area of Kabul was attacked by 3 insurgents using a suicide vest bomb and rifles. Thirteen foreign nationals were killed in the assault along with at least 3 local nationals, before Afghan Commandos were able to contain the situation. The 3 insurgents were killed.
On 13 September the US Consulate in Herat city was attacked. Media reporting indicates that a number of Afghan police and civilians were killed and many more were injured. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
As insurgents attempt to destabilise the ongoing transition of security to Afghan National Security Forces it is likely that attacks across Afghanistan will continue. If you travel to Afghanistan you should have adequate and continuous professional close security arrangements and review them regularly.
In March 2012 an Afghan government-controlled security force, the Afghan Public Protection Force (APPF), took over provision of most commercial security services in Afghanistan from private security companies. Only embassies and other accredited diplomatic missions are now allowed to use private security companies.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.