Customs regulations and required documents
Personal effects import regulations
All shipments are subject to inspection. All surface shipments will incur container detention and demurrage on average of 30 days. Surface shipments will also incur container detention. The average detention period is 60 days. Detention can be avoided by using a SOC shipper owned container. Upon arrival one must declare all foreign currency. You should be present at the destination when the shipment arrives. Used household goods and personal effects are duty free.
NOTE: All shipments transiting through Pakistan bound for Afghanistan are being held by the Pakistani government indefinitely. The Pakistani government has not commented on how long containers will be held nor who is liable for port storage costs and container rental fees being incurred. Until further notice air or sea shipments should be routed via Europe, Singapore or United Arab Emirates.
Foreign diplomats, members of government or international organizations are granted tax- and duty-free entry of their personal effects and household items either new or used.
Quarantine is not required, however you must be present at time of clearance. Dogs may enter as cargo only. The transport of some species of rare birds is prohibited. The Afghan Tourist Bureau can provide more information and relevant export certificate. Please consult with your Destination Agent prior to consigning a pet for current requirements.
Vehicles require prior authorization from the Ministry of Commerce in Kabul, Afghanistan
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Malaria is present in this country so every precaution needs to be taken in order to avoid infection.
Afghanistan is an Islamic country and all visitors should show appropriate respect to all local customs and traditions. Alcohol cannot be consumed in public and all pork products are prohibited from being imported or eaten in this country. Western women should wear a head scarf during their visit and showing the bottom of the foot is considered an insult. Photos of important government buildings, palaces and military installations are not allowed and will likely lead to being detained or arrested by the security services. Photos of local people or places should only be taken with their permission.
Homosexuality is banned in this country and any overt displays of affection between same sex couples in public could lead to trouble.