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Afghanistan

Afghanistan Afghanistan

Population: 27.657.145 people
Region: Southern Asia (Search on Google maps)
Capital: Kabul
Country Code: AF

Money in Afghanistan

Currencie(s): Afghan afghani

Tipping: Tipping taxi's is recommended, Round up to next bill/large coin.

Corruption: Afghanistan has a corruption score of 84/100.
If your itinerary runs through Afghanistan, be very careful: threats to your well-being may come from muggers and police officers alike. According to Transparency International, Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt nations around the world.

Afghanistan is concidered to be a VERY dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 3.57 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Afghanistan

Language(s): Pashto

Food & Drinks in Afghanistan

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste the national dish: Kabuli Palaw

Tap Water: Do not drink. According the the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - USA, Source), you might want to drink bottled water because travellers' diarrhoea, hepatitis A, typhoid and cholera are among the illnesses that can be transmitted with bad water.

It's not just what you drink:

  • Check that natural bodies of water are safe before you swim
  • Be picky with the water you use to brush your teeth
  • Wash your dentures or ice your drinks
  • Keep your mouth closed in the shower, and always use soap!

Drinking age: Doesn't matter, drinking is banned in Afghanistan

Religion in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, 97% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Sunni Muslim 80%, Shi'a Muslim 19%, other 1%

From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

Sex & Relationships in Afghanistan

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan scores a -9/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Afghanistan are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.

National Sports in Afghanistan

While travelling through Afghanistan you'll be experiencing a foreign culture, rather than looking in from the outside as a temporary visitor. You'll discover new places, come in contact with new religions, explore intriguing destinations and experience culinary delights. You'll be immersed in a totally new culture .. and one aspect we shouldn't forget about is sports!

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Buzkashi is Afghanistan their national sport.

Other practical tips for Afghanistan

Timezone: UTC+04:30
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in Afghanistan – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F
When travelling to Afghanistan, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 220 V (50 Hz), Plug C / F. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

Weather: Currently clear sky, with a temperature between 16 and 16°C (60.8 and 60.8°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 56.91 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to Afghanistan. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.

Fly to Afghanistan

Planning a trip to Afghanistan? Here is a list of 7 medium-sized airports you can fly to.

List of cities in Afghanistan

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