Afghanistan Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving in Afghanistan
Most government’s advise against all travel to most of the country, with only the  enhanced security zone and airport plus Panjshir province and Bamian city the only places deemed worthy of ‘essential travel only’. Afghanistan is therefore not the  place for an unaccompanied self drive trip at present.

Any travel by road you should only be undertaken in secure transport with close protection, using reputable local drivers and guides. Make sure doors are locked and windows closed. You should consider strongly the use of armoured vehicles. Most road surfaces are in a very poor condition. The overall standard of driving is poor and most local drivers are uninsured. Insurgents have set up false vehicle checkpoints from which  attacks have been launched, and there continue to be roadside bombings and attacks on military and civilian vehicles. In addition to terrorist activity there is a high level of criminality on roads outside Kabul.

Around 25% of the country’s 42,000 km of roads are paved but many are in poor condition.You can drive on your own country’s licence for up to 12 months after which time you need to obtain a local permit.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Afghanistan Car Rental

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