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Continuous strife have had its degrading effect on the heritage sites and travel attractions of Afghanistan. Yet travel to Afghanistan can be a distinct experience. We would provide here all information you would need to make your stay in Afghanistan safer and more comfortable.

Hotels
One cannot get world class luxuries and ultra modern amenities in Afghanistan. In Kabul there are very few hotels, like the Hotel Inter-Continental, that measure up to western standards. Basic accommodation is available elsewhere. In some rural areas there may still be hotels run by the provincial authority, but they are of low standard. Some local guest houses and small hotels are also available. After ouster of Taliban from power, things have started to become little better. Kabul's most popular hotel is currently the Mustapha Hotel on Chahrahi Sadarat at the end of Chicken Street. There are many hotels between Zarnegar Park and the main post office. The Spinzar Hotel, Jamil and Zarnegar Hotels are some other hotels in Afghanistan.

Money
Afghanistan Information Official currency in Afghanistan is Afghani. It is divided in 100 puls. Afghani economy is not so developed and advanced. Due to continuos conflictions the currency goes through sudden fluctuations. Afghanistan Bank changes travellers' cheques only at its Kabul head office. A branch of Western Union for money transfer exists in Kabul. Cost of living is not so high in Kabul. ATMs and banks are now started reopening or introducing new branch. U.S. Dollar is also accepted in most of the restaurants and shops. Credit cards are not accepted so frequently in Afghanistan.

Transport
Afghanistan is comparatively not so developed from the transport point of view. Due to continuos political instability, the country has not been able to concentrate on these fields. However the government now is trying to improve the transport system in the country. A new highway between Kabul and Kandahar is upcoming. Hired taxies and cabs are now becoming available in Afghanistan. Jeeps and land cruisers are also available on hire. Regular domestic flights of Ariana airlines can also be used. National airline has gone through renovations and started working properly. Departures and arrivals are more or less on time.

Travel Tips
Get here travel tips about Afghanistan which would come handy when you travel to the country. Afghanistan is a war-torn country and you should be extremely careful while travelling there. Also get other necessary information.

Visa and Passport
Every tourist needs to get a tourist visa in order to travel Afghanistan. Visa process has become more flexible in the past few years. Visa can be obtained from Afghan Embassies and consulates abroad. There are Afghan embassies in all the major countries of the world like India, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, U.K., USA etc. Tourists arriving by land may obtain visas at Embassies or consulates in Pakistan (Islamabad or Peshawar). In normal cases successful visa applications only require the necessary form, a couple of photos and the visa fee - usually around US$50/50 Euros for a one-month, single-entry visa. For working in Afghanistan a letter of support is required with the visa.

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