Destination Information for Afghanistan
Afghanistan, officially known as the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a country of great beauty which has sadly been ravaged by years of terrible war. The Taliban has destroyed many of Afghanistan’s monuments and important sites, and even the stunning countryside and mountainous regions are now rendered unsafe for visiting.
If you do decide to venture here, it is best to do so as part of an organised tour – it is possible to find tour companies offering breaks to the capital, Kabul, and tourist numbers are slowly increasing although it will be many years before the country is able to regain its former glory as a popular destination for tourists and holidaymakers. In Kabul, make sure to visit the National Museum of Afghanistan to get a taste of the elaborate Afghan culture and history.
There are plenty of places to eat, and Afghan cuisine is known for its delicious and prolific rices dishes. Alcohol is illegal in the country, although it may be tolerated in some Western restaurants in Kabul.
If you’re brave enough to explore further afield, there are some wonderful places to visit. Prior to the war, trekking in the stunning mountainous regions was extremely popular. It is now considered unsafe except in the Bamian region, Panjshir Valley and the Wakhan Corridor.
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum and P.Vivax malaria zones in areas of Afghanistan below 2000m Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad, Herat, Qua 'E-Ye Now and surrounding areas are all affected (see map above).
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.