COVID-19 Information

This page will be updated as significant new information becomes available, but we cannot guarantee daily incremental updates of case numbers. Thank you for your patience. (7/20/2020)

Country-Specific Information:

  • Afghanistan has a total of 35,526 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and 1,185 deaths attributed to the disease (Ministry of Public Health).  Kabul (14,371 confirmed cases and 456 deaths), Herat (5,313 confirmed cases and 162 deaths), Balkh (1,790 confirmed cases and 61 deaths), Nangarhar (1,377 confirmed cases and 67 deaths), and Kandahar (1,348 confirmed cases and 35 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?

  • On June 24th, the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority announced some airlines (Emirates, Turkish, Ariana and Kam) have resumed services.  Please check with the airlines directly regarding commercial options for international travelers leaving Afghanistan.
  • 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 as airports and land borders resume normal operations.

Quarantine Information:

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.

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