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- Afghanistan has a total of 18,054 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and 300 deaths attributed to the disease (Ministry of Public Health). Kabul (7,133 confirmed cases and 39 deaths), Herat (3,227 confirmed cases and 57 deaths), Balkh (1,213 confirmed cases and 41 deaths), Nangarhar (894 confirmed cases and 22 death), and Kandahar (755 confirmed cases and 17 deaths) have the most cases.
- The total number of COVID-19 testing labs is 11. There are five in Kabul (National Public Health Lab, National Veterinary Lab, Afghan-Japan Hospital, Military Hospital and FMIC), and one each in Herat, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Balkh, Paktya, and Kunduz.
- A new 100-bed COVID-19 hospital is now open in Herat.
- The Darulaman Palace (300 beds) and Kabul and PolyTechnic universities’ dormitories have been converted into isolation facilities in Kabul city.
- Large numbers of travelers have been reported returning from Iran to Afghanistan through Herat province. Iran is experiencing sustained community spread of COVID-19, and is subject to U.S. travel restrictions.
- American citizens with questions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus can contact the Overseas Citizens Services call center at +1 202-501-4444 (overseas) or 1-888-407-4747 (U.S. & Canada).
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Are there any new restrictions in place as a result of the worldwide outbreak?
- All foreign airlines (Emirates, Fly Dubai, Turkish Airlines, Air India) and Kam Air have announced the suspension of services from Kabul. There are currently no commercial options for international travelers leaving Kabul.
- The Government of Afghanistan has re-opened its border with Iran, which had been closed briefly to all air and ground travel.
What procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry?
- Entry and exit procedures are pending guidance from the Government of Afghanistan once airports re-open and land borders resume normal operations.
People arriving from other countries and who do not show symptoms of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. If you have any symptoms, you are instructed to contact the Ministry of Public Health and seek care.
Testing and Treatment
Provincial hospitals are establishing protocols for triaging and evaluating patients under investigation.
Isolation wards for treatment have been established in Herat (80 beds) and Kabul (100 beds) for patients with COVID-19.
- Ministry of Public Health (English) – https://moph.gov.af/en/all-news
- https://moph.gov.af/dr/all-news – وزارت صحت عامه
- https://moph.gov.af/ps/all-news – د عامې روغتیا وزارت
- What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis
- Travel.State.gov – Travel Advisory on COVID-19
- CDC Travel Notice on COVID-19
- CDC Guidance on Self-Quarantine
- CDC Nonpharmaceutical Interventions
- CDC Travelers’ Health Page
- State.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- DHS.gov: COVID-19: Protecting Air Travelers and the American Public