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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 and recently present tourists and workers will contribute here with areas they know best, experience, and handy tips and we'll try compile a great resource on the amazing country that is Afghanistan.
Can we try and keep politics and personal issues out of this thread too, as much as possible.
Intro: Afghanistan is Awesome. There, you heard it here first folks. It is a truly amazing desti... more »
Hello, I am visiting soon this month and was wondering if anyone has tips on reliability for East Horizon Airlines specifically for a Bamiyan-Kabul R/T in reliability and safety in December. Also, how is the road from Bamiyan-Band-e-Amir and back as well as safety, etc? Any tips for this journey would be greatly helpful, much thanks!
Was just wanting too know are there daily flights to the UAE from herat,I realize many go through Kabul
I've just come back from Afghanistan a couple months ago, after having debated whether going or not going for years, and I've finally made it. Wow! Pretty cray, and very different from what I've expected - both from danger, accessibility, people.
The people are incredible - some people I met were so kind, and so sweet. So open to contact and to exchange. To think of it as a place completely untouched by foreign tourists (if you stay away from Kabul).. it's pretty incredible. Kabul has been spoiled by the international aid, with a double economy in $ and inflated prices, so many secluded and privatised places that no Afghans can even go to, no matter their money or status. It provides a great political insight, for those interested, but not the most fascinating.
I spent three weeks in the country, flying and driving between Kabul, Bamyan, Mazar e Sharif, and Herat.. al... more »
as we were in august in the Wakhan (by bike from Ishkashim to Sarhad and then by foot and horse to Bozoi Gumbaz), I would like to share some practicalities (as we experienced it, they are subjective and incomplete).
If you plan to go there, bear in mind, that allthough the Wakhan is considered rather safe, you might end up with all the problems related to Afghanistan (see below under "border problems") and if in any case you need help from outside (for whichever reason), most officials will point out that every country has a serious travel warning, that is valid for the whole country.
Visa: we got ours at Khorog within 1.5 hours and payed 100 $ cash, sometimes you have to go to the bank (to prevent corruption). I don't know the real price for the visa, it might be even lower than 100 $ as the madam started first with mentioning some registration of the visa before han... more »
Anybody have experiences with travelling from Iran to Herat (and back)? If I decide to go, I'd prefer to do so with a tour company. Any recommendations?
I was in Herat a few days ago and one of the places I'd wanted to visit was the military museum there. We arrived there to find that it is closed. The reason being that it is located next to the US Consulate in Herat which was bombed a couple weeks ago. The inside of the military museum sustained heavy damage from the blast, mostly from glass breaking we were told. We were also told the museum would be closed for approximately 2 months until the authorities could finish detailing what was damaged inside the museum/and when it will be repaired.
anybody has experience in organizing a trek from Sarhad-e Broghil to Chaqmaqtin Lake? I leave some questions:
1- Is it difficult to find a couple of horses and a guide? I guess an english-speaker guide is expecting too much...
2- The same with accommodation. We would bring our camping gear, but would like to maximze our stays with Wakhis/Kyrgyz communities. It needs organisation or it is just about showing up in the settlements along the trek?
3- Any homestay recommended in Sarhad-e Broghil? We would arrive with our motorbike and we would need to leave it there for the duration of the trek.
4- Any information regarding prices, contacts and duration of the trek will be most welcomed.
We will arrive to the Wakhan Corridor after some days exploring the Tajik Pamirs (including the Tajik side of the Wakhan). In the Afghan Wakhan Corridor more than in the Pamirs we... more »
I'm just about to land in Afghanistan again for a two-week stay (fourth time already - getting hooked it seems...) and I just wanted to ask the TT people here if they had any recent experience getting to Bamiyan? My Afghan friends are really not very encouraging as far as a road trip is concerned (and that's an understatement), but I was wondering if there were any flights? Only flight I ever heard about was the UN planes, but I also heard they got tired of tourists hopping along for the ride... or have any commercial options opened up recently?
Also, this is just a remote dream but I would love to hear from anyone (Afghans especially) who has any experience with this: I know it's blatantly suicidal at this time and I'm not even considering it, but I was always hoping that I would get to visit Nuristan one day before I die. Does anyone have any info at all about the situ... more »
I saw some posts from 2012 about getting an Afghan visa in Dubai in a day, but wondered if anyone had recent experience with this? Can is still be done in a day? What time do I need to get to the consulate to make it possible? Any other advice??? I'm planning to travel to Kabul in November and am hoping to get a visa in Dubai on the way. Thanks!
I am hoping to see if anyone will be travelling to the Wakhan Corridor afghanistan in late September? I will be going from Murgab and hope to be in Khorog around 25th or 26th September.I hope to get the afghan visa in Khorog.
If anyone is planning to do the same, please email me your itinerary to email@example.com
I'm a solo female traveler currently traversing Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan. Turkmenistan, unfortunately, just isn't in my budget nor can I fit it in my schedule. I hadn't even considered Afghanistan as a remote possibility, but a fellow traveler I met at a hostel turned me on to the idea of a quick trip to Mazar-e-Sharif from Uzbekistan. I really, really want to do it, but I also want to be smart. Honestly, I'm not intimidated by being a solo woman, so much as I am worried about being an American. I've read a lot of the posts on the Afghanistan threads and the information is helpful, but seems to come largely from Europeans. I was wondering if anyone out there has any advice or experience to share. Is it foolhardy of me to attempt this? Are American's treated differently from Europeans in Afghanistan? I mean, a lot of countries have had... more »
Hi fellow travelers,
We ( a couple) are from China and we are right now traveling around Central Asia. Will be in Uzbekistan next week and we have DOUBLE ENTRY VISA with it.
We are thinking of crossing to Afghanistan for 2 days for visiting Mazar-e Sharif from the Termiz border from Southern Uzbekistan.
Now we are at Dushanbe and we will apply our Afghanistan visa here if we go ahead.
Could anyone please give some comments on this? Whether its the safety issue or ALL comments are welcome.
Thanks a lot
I am planning to visit Afghanistan in August/September 2014.
I hold an Irish passport and I want to obtain a single entry tourist visa.
I live in the UK so I will be applying to the London embassy.
Has anybody applied/obtain an Afghan visa at the London embassy?
Should I wait until I am in Pakistan to apply for the visa?
What is the actual process like!? I have to arrange an appointment/interview??
Any other words of wisdom? ;)
Hi everyone - I've been watching posts both old and new for the year or so, piecing bits of info together in preparation for my own trip to Afghanistan in September. I will be travelling from Pakistan, with regrettably minimal time to explore. With an upper limit of ten days, I hope to fly into Kabul, reach Mazar-i Sharif and Balk by road, and also spend some time in Bamiyan. I'll have to leave Herat to next trip, but given my restrictions, does this itinerary sound feasible? It's been a few weeks since there have been any posts by travellers in Afghanistan, so I'm keen to hear how things are there right now. I've really benefited and enjoyed many of the previous posts, and would like to warmly thank all those that have taken the time and effort to record their experiences. I would love to hear any further advice that you may have to offer.
So, National Geographic just picked one of my shots of Mazar al-Sharif for it's "Daily Dozen" July 31st. If it gets enough votes, they'll publish it in the magazine. If you have time, please vote for the woman, in burka, sitting in the birds.
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