Expats guide to living in Afghanistan



Afghanistan is not generally known as an expatriate community and living there can be considered quite dangerous. Expatriates are well compensated for living in such conditions. Afghanistan is not generally a place where you would bring the whole family, but if you do we have the information to make your transition easier.

Expat Clubs in Afghanistan

There are no expat meet up clubs as such in Afghanistan and most expats communicate online through websites such as ExpatWoman.com. An interesting website to follow as an expat is the one listed below as it has news and strategy regarding Afghan expatriates.

Capacity Development Secretariat

Capacity Development Secretariat (CDS) was established in 2006 after merging both Afghan Expatriate Program and Lateral Entry Program.


International Schools in Afghanistan

International School of Kabul

The school is run by an international team of education professionals who share the common belief that the greatest hope for stability, development, and lasting progress in Afghanistan will come through a solid foundation of quality private education.

Curriculum: American

Tel: +93 70 068 4895

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.iskafghan.org  

Local News in English

Ariana Afghan Media

This is an English Afghan news site that delivers up to the minute news about Afghanistan and the role it plays in international politics. 

Website: http://ariananews.af/

Country Information for Afghanistan

Location: Central Asia

Capital City: Kabul

Other Important Cities: Kandahar, Herat

Currency: Afghani (Af) (AFN)

Language: Pashto and Persian:

Calling Code: +93

Internet TLD: .af


Emergency Numbers:

Country Information


Country Study


Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has all the information regarding visas to Afghanistan. There are many different types of visas that allow entry into Afghanistan. These include a tourist, resident, work and student visa among others.

Visitors must hold:
  • One completed visa application form
  • Two recent passport size photo (size ¾ cm)
  • Valid Passport, for at least 6 months
  • A letter of introduction from your employer/sponsor stating the purpose and duration of your trip
  • Visa processing fee (usually payable in local currency)
  • Possibly a short interview

For more information please visit  mfa.gov.af/en/page/consular-affairs/visa-information    

Driving License

An international driving permit is valid in Afghanistan, however the foreign driver will have to have his or her valid driving license and the international permit in order to legally drive in Afghanistan. To find out more about driving in Afghanistan please visit  www.adcidl.com/driving-in-afghanistan.html



The healthcare system in Afghanistan is not up to international standards and sanitation if often not a top priority. Most expats fly to nearby Dubai to receive medical treatment, therefore it is advised that expats living in Afghanistan have an internationally recognized and accepted medical aid plan. It is advisable to have a plan of action in case of an emergency; there are always military hospitals to fall back on. Most private hospitals are located in Kabul where the majority of expats live.

Insurance Companies

RMSI (Remote Medical Solutions International)

The RMSI has its headquarters in Dubai but it provides support in Afghanistan. They are responsible for coordinating ambulance air lifting services as well as a medical escort.

Location: Street 15, Wazir Akbar Khan, 4th lane, House 55.

Telephone in Kabul: 0798 444 888, 0786 444 888, 0700 840 160.

Telephone in Dubai: +971 (0) 4 423 0779

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Website: www.rmsi-medicalsolutions.com  

Guardian Medevac:

Guardian Medevac is a comprehensive medical services and crisis management company that specializes in operating in emerging markets and remote areas of the world.

Telephone: 0796 747 712; 0786 223 141

Email - [email protected]

Web site: www.guardianmedevac.com


CURE International Hospital:

This facility is located on Dar-ul-aman Road, near the former king's palace. Departments include OB-GYN, pediatric and neonatology, family and internal medicine, general and reconstructive surgery, as well as histo-pathology. Clinical support services include laboratory, pysiotherapy, pharmacy, telemedicine, x-ray, vaccinations, ultrasound, and EKG. This hospital also offers special programs for patients suffering from cleft palate and from obstetric fistula. Telephone: 0799-883-830

Note: CURE International Hospital maintains agreements with the following international insurance networks: BUPA International, Amadex Insurance Company, International Health Insurance-Danmark (IHI), HTH Worldwide, and Tangiers International. For insurance or health screening services, please contact:

Physical Address: Darulaman Road, Near Darulaman Palace  Kabul, Afghanistan

Tel: 93-0-79988-3830

Email: [email protected]

Internet Website: cure.org/hospitals/afghanistan  

Kaisha Health Care:

This facility is located in a commercial section of Kabul in a five story glass front building at Charrahi Sar Sabzi, near Sham e-Paris Restaurant, Taimani. The facility has 52 inpatient beds, a 4 bed ICU, CT scan, multi-specialty diagnostic services, and surgery. The staff of the hospital includes Indian trained physicians in orthopedics, gynecology, psychiatry, and diabetology. The facility has ambulances for patient transport.

Telephone: 0799-111-711; 0786-600-700

Email: [email protected]

Web site: www.kaishahealthcare.com

KIA ISAF Role 3 Hospital:

This facility is located at the Kabul International Airport ISAF compound. The hospital is staffed by French and other NATO military medical personnel. The hospital offers trauma care, emergency services, and intensive care. Please note that prior arrangements by telephone are required for access. No ambulance service is offered off-compound. with prior arrangement, the ISAF ambulance may meet a local ambulance at the ISAF entry gate for patient transfer.

Telephone: 0798-482-174 (emergency operations center)


Shino Zada Hospital:

This private hospital is located in Macrorayan 4, opposite the Central Heating Center. The hospital offers general surgery, maternity care, ambulance services, and pharmacy facilities.

Dr. Mir Mohammad Afzal Qoraishi, telephone: 0700 218 001 (cell)

Ministry of public health in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: moph.gov.af/en