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- Afghanistan has a total of 36,937 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and 1,298 deaths attributed to the disease (Ministry of Public Health). Kabul (14,745 confirmed cases and 512 deaths), Herat (5,677 confirmed cases and 177 deaths), Balkh (1,876 confirmed cases and 72 deaths), Nangarhar (1,385 confirmed cases and 74 deaths), and Kandahar (1,380 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.
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