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

2014 has seen an increase in the number of attacks in Kabul. While the majority of the attacks have been against Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF, insurgents have stepped up their attacks against western civilian targets. These include:

29 November 2014 – insurgents attacked the compound of the Partners in Academic Development, an NGO, killing 3 foreign nationals.

27 November 2014 – insurgents attacked a British Embassy vehicle, killing a British national and a local national. A guest house was also attacked in the Wazir Akbar Khan area, resulting in the death of a foreign national.

19 November 2014 – a suicide attack on Green Village resulted in the death of a foreign national and injured a further 2 people.

13 October 2014 – an attack on NATO contractors near Jalalabad Road in Kabul. There were no fatalities.

22 July 2014 – an insurgent attack on Camp Gibson killed 7 foreign nationals

24 Apr 2014 – 3 foreign nationals were killed during shooting incident at the CURE hospital.

20 March 2014 – an attack on the Serena hotel in Kabul resulted in 4 foreign nationals being killed, along with 6 local nationals.

11 March 2014 – a foreign national was killed in motorcycle attack in the Wazir Akbar Khan area.

17 January 2014 – an attack on La Taverna Restaurant in the Wazir Akhbar Khan area resulted in the death of 13 foreign nationals.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.