Tourist Information Provided
By Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism of
Afghan Airlines takes great pleasure in forwarding
this comprehensive Tourist Information on Afghanistan's
All larger cities in Afghanistan generally offer
comfortable accommodation. Although conventional
categories can not be assigned to most hotels outside of
Kabul, where accommodation ranges from the luxury-class
Hotel Intercontinental, various second class hotels, to
very inexpensive but low standard lodging located throughout
Most of the modern restaurants in Kabul offer, besides
international dishes, a great variety of Afghan specialties,
such as pilaws (rice cooked with meat, chicken or
vegetables) kabab, bolani, ashak (similar to ravioli but
stuffed with leeks and topped with yoghurt and meat
sauce) and many others. Throughout the country,
CHAIKHANAS (teahouses) serve traditional Afghan food and
tea at very reasonable prices.
Afghan Airlines is the country's national carrier.
Other international Airlines stopped their flights after
civil war. Ariana Afghan Airlines Serves only major
cities within Afghanistan in these days.
Afghanistan, a landlocked country, is linked from west to
east by the Asia Highway, passing through Islam Qala,
Herat, Kandahar, Ghazni, Kabul, Jalalabad and
Torkham. Modern paved roads connect the capital
Kabul with the major provincial centers in the north,
south and east.
The condition of non paved roads varies greatly according
to seasons with spring and early summer being the most
difficult time. It is advisable to inquire at the tourist
offices before traveling on such roads.
some bus companies operate regular services to the major
cities. Most provincial towns are also connected by local
Few countries provide as rich a variety of handicrafts
and souvenirs as Afghanistan. Most picturesque bazars are
legendary and offer items, such as, Pustinchas (suede
leather coats and jackets of lamb fur), Karakul coats and
caps, Turkmen hats, Kandahar embroidery, Istalif pottery,
rustic glassware of Herat, Kuchi or Nomad Jewelry, Lapis
Lazuli and worked Alabaster, hand-woven carpets and rugs,
Nuristani woodcarving, silk ware, brass, copper and
silver works, and a large variety of antique weapons,
ornaments, coins, dishes, etc.
Afghanistan offers a variety of folkloric events for
entertainment. Traditional Afghan music and dances
(ATAN), animal flights, ten pegging, etc., are
enthusiastically enjoyed by a large number of visitors.
The most conspicuous event, however, is Buzkashi, a horse
game which is second to none in the world.
Visitors to Afghanistan require a tourist visa and may be
obtained from Afghan Embassy or consulates abroad.
Tourists arriving by land may obtain visas at the
Embassies or Consulates in Pakistan (Islamabad or Peshawar).
Imports: Tourists may import duty free items for their
personal use. However, valuable goods, such as motorcars,
cameras, radios, tape, recorders, etc., have to be
registered upon arrival.
Export: Tourists may export duty free 30 sqm carpets, 10
skins excluding Karakul, cut and polished precious stones
including Lapis Lazuli, handicrafts and a limited variety
of antiques. However, all antique items required the
export approval of the Kabul museum, obtainable for the
convenience of visitors, the Ministry of Finance has
published a custom brochure, listing prohibited and
controlled exports and imports which may be obtained at
the Ministry or at Tourist offices.
Visitors are required to declare upon arrival of foreign
currencies carried with them. This declaration must be
shown when changing such currencies at bank. Upon
departure the remaining amounts have to be declared at
port of exit.
Tourists must hold an international health certificate
showing a valid smallpox vaccination.
15 Feb: Anniversary of Swearing in of the First President
of Republic of Afghanistan.
21 March: Nawroz or New Year.
27 May: Independence Day.
17/19 July: Jashne Jamhuriat.
31 Aug: Pashtunistan Day.
9 Sep: National Assembly Day.
Coming Soon: Ide Milad, the prophet's Birthday.
Coming Soon: 1st of Ramazan, the month of fasting.
Coming Soon: Eid-ul-fitr, the end of Ramazan.
Coming Soon: Ide Qurban (ADHA the day of sacrifice during
the month of pilgrimage (HAJ).
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