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Since the demise of the old security thread, and the number of frequently asked I thought it might be a good idea to start a new 'Afghan FAQ' thread attempting to cover the most frequently asked questions and provide up to date information in one thread on not only security, but the most frequently asked questions about flights, travelling the Khyber pass and the classic 'is it safe?', since so many gems of information get lost in individual threads.

Hopefully everyone here, both our regulars…

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Mazar e Sharif

Hi
Anyone have any news on the latest security in Mazar e Sharif, will be in Uzbekistan soon and was interested in crossing over to Afganistan
Cheers

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Hello,

I am an Australian citizen travelling to Kabul for one night before headed to Bamiyan.

Does anyone know of any safe and low profile hotels or guesthouses for a foreigner (not the Intercontinental etc).

I can blend in easily and will be travelling with an Afghan from Mazar.

Thanks.

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Panjshir valley

I am booking a private trip to Afghanistan, mostly Kabul and Herat but my agency has proposed a visit to the Panjshir valley, 100 km north of Kabul. I think I can manage the security risk in an urban environment but driving 100 km outside Kabul exposes me too much. However, the agency says it is safe. Anybody has experiences with this? The attack by ISIS yesterday in Kabul does not make things easier.

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Hello friends,

I am an Australian citizen and I am planning to visit an Afghan friend in April or May 2017. I will fly into Kabul, spend a night there, go to Bamyan and then up to Mazar with him accompanying me.

My question is, has anyone, preferably Australians, recently obtained a tourist visa for Afghanistan at the Consulate in Dubai. If so, can you please share the costs, time taken to get it and any other useful tips?

Thanks in advance,

James.

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Hello
I would like to visit Andkhoy, it's a city in Nothern Afghanistan, near Turkmenistan border, approximately 180 Kms from Mazari-Sharif. Had anyone been there in the past few years, what's the security situation like in the city and on the road to Andkhoy?

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Although I know that not so many travellers are coming to Afghanistan, I hope that there are some places in Kabul, Herat, Bamyan or other cities, where I can find fellow travellers to exchange ideas. So, if you know any - please let me know.

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Hello!
Is it possible to come to Afghanistan from Pakistan and are any offices in Peshawar issuing permits for foreigners? I called to the Khyber agency, people there said that it is possible to go to Afghanistan from Pakistan and they can do all documents with afghanistan visa already taken somewhere, but I have doubts (He also mentioned that coming from Afghanistan is impossible anyway).
So, what's your experience? (I am not interested much in security issues, I am just asking about the formal…

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Hindu Kush

Could any one tell me any good places to view the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan?? Does it require a road trip to Mazar and view them along the way. Also just some tips on travelling in and around Afghanistan would be helpful. Many thanks

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Hi,

I am looking for direct flights between Teheran and Kabul (in april). I know there are (sometimes with a stop in Mashhad), but it’s quite difficult to find any info about them online. Is there anyone here who is able to help?

Thanks,

Rik