It is very difficult to call Afghanistan attractive for tourists - constant wars, foreign interventions and political upheavals are tearing the country and its economy literally to shreds. As a result of the hostilities, the state of highways in the country deteriorated significantly, and the railway communication was still in its infancy. In such conditions, the airports of Afghanistan acquire primary importance for those who could not refuse to visit this country..
Afghanistan International Airports
More than forty airports operate in Afghanistan, but only two of them have international status:
- Kabul Airport is home to national airlines Ariana Afghan Airlines, Kam Air and Safi Airways.
- Kandahar air harbor is used today for military and civil flights of local importance, although it is listed in the list of airports in the world as an international one..
Regular direct flights from Moscow to Kabul are operated once a week by Ariana Afghan Airlines from Sheremetyevo. With connections to the Afghan capital, you can get on the flights of Afghan, Pakistani, Turkish, Tajik, Azerbaijani and Indian airlines through Delhi, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Sharjah, Dushanbe or Baku.
Afghanistan's international airport in Kabul is called "Khwaja Roesh" and is located 15 kilometers north of the center. The city where the airport is located is the capital city, but those arriving here should observe enhanced security measures. Transfer to the center of Kabul can be done by taxi (the issue price for 2015 is about $ 20), but it is better if the traveler is met by hotel representatives or friends.
An important point for foreigners who have landed is obtaining a registration card, which should be kept until the return flight. To do this, you should go to a room with a Duty Free sign immediately after passport control. Border guards do not let a foreigner out of the country without a registration card, and restoration of a lost one is possible only at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs..
The city, where the second international airport of Afghanistan is located, was significantly damaged during the war of the 80s of the last century. After the restoration of the airport in 2001, he was again unlucky - the next military action brought serious damage to the strip and the building of the passenger terminal..
In 2007, the Kandahar airport was restored and today, mainly domestic flights are made from here, although the runway and equipment can also accept international flights. Kandahar is an unsafe place for tourism, and therefore trying to use its air harbor cannot be considered a smart decision..