Afghanistan Warnings and Dangers

  • UXOs
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    These pot holes are everywhere
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Afghanistan Warnings and Dangers

  • Security

    I think this was the most dangerose place i have been. Kids looking 12 years old had Kalashnikovs and demanded (and got) money from the bus drivers, at the road from Kabul to Masar i Sharif sometimes every 10 to 30 km... On that road with some unexpeted snowfall the bus got stuck and we hod to sleep in subzero temperaturs in bus. The bus from Kabul...

  • Defintely not ready for tourism

    Unfortunately, the current situation in Afghanistan is not stable enough to allow tourism for Western persons. Even in Kabul, the constant threat of kidnapping, bombings, and random acts of violence makes travel here unworth the risk.Once the security situation improves though, visitors can expect to see mountain vistas that rival the Canadian...

  • Just how dangerous is Afghanistan?

    Travel + Leisure magazine recently rated the most dangerous countries in the world and they placed Afghanistan 11th. This list came even after the recent increase in hostilities in Pakistan and Afghanistan. When we were there just under two years ago, there was usually a sense that you could be in danger but not a sense of foreboding. I met a...

  • Unexploded Ordnance

    With almost all countries that have had or currently wars within the last century will have a problem with unexploded ordnances (UXOs) and Afghanistan is no different. A lot of the minefields from the Soviet days are marked and lots of stuff has been cleaned up. But there is a new war going on especially in the south which is making more UXOs....

  • Taliban

    The Taliban which means "student" in Pashto ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. They were well known for their strict interpretation of Islam. Women effectively had no rights. They could not work or go to school, be seen out in public without a man and without being covered from head to toe and be touched by another man which meant they...

  • Police Checkpoints

    Anyone who has travelled a bit in developing countries would be used to this. Afghanistan is no different with Police Checkpoints. With all the action still happening in Afghanistan there are a lot of these checks going on especially with the insurgents. The Afghan National Police are still new with this but for the most part seem uncorrupt but I...

  • Kabul, Pakistan embassy doesnt issue...

    The Pakistan embassy in Kabul refuses to give transit or tourist visas for onward travel to Pakistan.A visa for travel onward to Pakistan must be issued before you enter Afghanistan.Otherwise it will cost you an expensive flight to Delhi.As with Pakistan embassies in India and Afghanistan, they are unhelpful, due to the under staffing issues.The...

  • all these cassandra warnings!

    u'll find plenty of westerners telling you not to do this or not to go there.that's full rubbish by those who know nothing and just want to impress you.the country's perfectly safe. there are less landmines than you think, and only in areas well known by locals and usually marked by regularly-spaced heaps of colored stones. just walk where all...

  • Opium and Narcotics

    Opium production in Afghanistan is on the rise and its now the world's leading producer of opium. Drug lords exist with little threat to their operations.We met Mirwais Yasini, the head of the anti-narcotics dept in Kabul, and he was a concerned man too. A small task force he leads, compared to the size of the problem. Production has gone up...

  • Dont DIE!

    At times in your trip people may try to kill you. Killing them first is the only way to rest assure that youll live to fight another day. Luckily all the attempts on my life were so amateurish I often never saw the people who had tried to harm me, and i never had to kill another human being. My friends werent always so lucky and two good buddies...

  • Harsh Road Conditions

    Road conditions are also improving, but be on the lookout for frequent deep pot holes as well as speed bumps. Be prepared to share the road with terrible drivers, horse drawn carriages and very large, colorful trucks. There is a risk of mines and IEDs. Overall the road conditions are very poor, and there does not seem to be any traffic laws.

  • Health Warnings

    There are many health considerations when visiting Afghanistan. Water pollution is a huge problem, and sewage contaminates ground/well water in many districts. Food may have fecal contamination and may be prepared in unsanitary conditions. For those with asthma, sometimes the air can be filled with dust and sand.Afghanistan is also home to many...

  • Beware of Mines

    Afghanistan was heavily mined during the Soviet occupation years, 1980-1992. Most were placed around cities and airports. While the country is making progress with the removal, it is still one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. With that said, Kabul is the most heavily mined city.Keep an eye out for rocks painted red and white. The...

  • Traveling by Road

    Its 7 hours total journey from border to Kabul .It is 5 hours journey after Jalal Abad, mostly the track runs on verge of Kabul river, however UN are making it near the Kabul but nothing in between. And in this pic I was standing when the road was blocked at two places due to land sliding, and UN staff was busy in cleaning it. And fortunately they...

  • Do your research and stay up to date

    Do as much research as possible before going. A good place to start is Kabul CaravanAlso look at The Survival Guide to KabulI came to rely on Radio Free Liberty/Radio Europe's daily news updates to keep me up to date before and during my trip. Follow the link and subscribe to any of the three branches you're interested in.

  • Don't make yourself stick out!

    Do what you can to make yourself stick out less by packing light and wearing appropriate clothing and maybe letting your facial hair grow a little.But, don't make it look like you're trying to fool anyone into thinking you're an Afghan! Afghans generally shaved their Tali-beards off and are either clean shaven or keep their beards trimmed. If you...

  • Landmines and roving bands of armed...

    Here's a big one : Don't walk where its apparent others don't walk or too close to someone walking on unknown terrain. Even the livestock over there stays on the beaten path. When in doubt, follow the sheep. Near the sides of roadways is especially dangerous. There are a lot of people carrying a lot of guns, it's not uncommon to see a teenager with...

  • !!!*** Mines ***!!!

    Afghanistan is one of the most mined nations in the world. Millions of them are spread all over the country and the victims are usually children, often because they pick them up and play with them.This kid is a shepherd and he was taking the herd on the mountains when he stepped on a landmine.In the countryside mines paralyze the activities, since...

  • General warning

    Afghanistan is never a safe place to travel, road accidents, bomb, landmines or whatever you can think of, can be happened in Afghanistan at any time. But there are more and more travellers in Afghanistan now and there's a very big int'l community (mainly NGO) working in Kabul. Pickpocket is not very common but take care when you go to the bazaar,...

  • not quite in control...

    Kabul, 6th september 2002, 4pmWith the numerous ethnic groups, warlords, al quaida, taliban, and all the baggage from afghan history books, more attacks like this bomb blast in the middle of a crowded marketplace are bieng expected in the future.Fortunate or unfortunate, we were not too far when it happened. We got our shots.

  • Taliban insurgency

    The cities are generally safe, whereas the countryside is more dodgy. Listen to the local advice and stay out of turbulent regions. At present, the worst part is the Kandahar region.Land mines? Lots of them, so don't venture away from the dusty gravel roads.

  • Taliban insurgency

    Listen to local advice regarding road saftety. Most of the country is still pretty much ok, however, close to Kandahar, the Taliban still holds out. Not thay are going to kill you deliberately but you might be sitting in the wrong bus when the bomb explodes.Land mines? A problem everywhere so don't stray away from the dusty gravel roads.

  • Landmines

    Landmines and other unexploded battlefield detritus, commonly known as unexploded ordnance (UXO), contaminate at least 724 million square meters of land in Afghanistan. Only two of Afghanistan's twenty-nine provinces are believed to be free of landmines.

  • Travel Dangers

    Travel in Afghanistan is extremely dangerous (several tourists have been murdered recently). The only way to see Afghanistan at the moment is to join an NGO - so off you go to and sign up!Well worth the trip, but only with an NGO...

  • "Best Time to Go: Don't Go."

    So says the Lonely Planet Guide to Central Asia's chapter on Afghanistan. Keep in mind, though, that that was written in 2000. Definitely good advice for the time. Now, it's not too bad. Like anywhere, ask the locals where to stay away from.

  • Militias and Guys with Guns

    In addition to the land mines, hazards include the ever present militia all over the place. While we were driving around Kabul, we got stopped aobut 3 times by militia members who questioned our presence, and reasons for passing. Upon seeing we were U.S., they let us go by. Most of the militias are Northern Alliance guys still hanging around. At...

  • "If you didn't drop it, don't kick it,"

    Land mines are still the above title is a good maxim to follow. As we were passing these guys, they held us up because a mine had been found in the area. Eventually, they let us go. We never saw the mine, but there was a wide area cleared, and spectators watching from outside that space.Staying on beaten paths, and general...

  • Stay away from remote places

    Afghanistan is still one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Some terrorist activities such as car bombs and assassinations happened here in the last couple of months. So, you¡¯d better stay away from the bazaar and not to go out alone. One more danger is from landmines or UXOs, that¡¯s why you¡¯d better resist your desire for adventure...

  • Landmines, armed bandits....

    Afghanistan is still a dangerous place to travel in. Landmines, armed bandits etc. are out there in the countryside. Probably the city of Kabul is the most safe place to be.

  • Visa problems - you cannot...

    Visa problems - you cannot generally get a tourist visa for Afghanistan, although i did meet one ( a tourist that is) but he put his visa down to sheer luck!Women should never travel alone, unless with a trusted taxi driver or other driver within Kabul city. Take your own water filter!The afghani currency is worth very little so be prepared to pay...

  • French aid agency warns of...

    French aid agency warns of Afghan humanitarian catastrophe PARIS, Sept 19 (AFP) - A French aid agency with 20 years of experience inside Afghanistan on Wednesday warned of an impending humanitarian catastrophe as the country braced itself ahead of an expected US attack. At a Paris news conference, the Solidarites agency added its voice to the UN...


    HERE TABLE A FEW TIPS TO BE CONSIDER:-LOCAL POLITICAL SCENARIOOur Afghanis is very frank but coutious with foreigner especially non Muslim. They have their own International Network, to read all kind of criticismin any established News Paper, Articles or Mass Media.Do not play JAMES BONDthere. Even our UNCHR's personel are *screening* continiously...

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