Includes how to get to and from the country/economy as well as the different transportation options and their reliability within this country.
Last Published: 4/17/2016
Several commercial airlines serve Afghanistan at Kabul International Airport, primarily through Dubai, U.A.E. Afghan and other International carriers Kam Air, Ariana Afghan Airlines, Safi Airways and Fly Dubai operate daily flights between Dubai and Kabul. Turkish Airlines operates four flights weekly between Istanbul and Kabul.  Pakistan International Airlines has five weekly flights to and from Islamabad and Peshawar. Air India, Kam Air and Safi Airways have daily flights to and from New Delhi.  Emirates Airlines operates 4 weekly flights out of Dubai, UAE to Kabul, Afghanistan.

As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Afghanistan, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel on most Afghan airlines due to these ongoing safety concerns and the lack of Afghan government safety oversight capabilities.  U.S. government personnel may travel into, and out of, Afghanistan on international flights operated by airlines from countries whose civil aviation authorities meet the safety standards for the oversight of their air carrier operations under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program.  Such countries with airlines that operate to Afghanistan have included India, Pakistan, Bahrain, Germany, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Please see the State Department’s Consular Information Sheet for more information. Taxis around Kabul should range between AFS 50 to 100 ($1 or $2, depending on where you are going) per trip, but a dedicated car and driver are recommended.  For travel within Kabul, a car and driver (no English) will run up to $15 to $50 per day, depending on the model of car.  Some international firms employ expat drivers and security personnel that cost approximately $400 a day or $12,000 a month, depending on the vehicle and experience of the security personnel. Public buses are not recommended.

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