Moving to Afghanistan

Country Guide: Afghanistan

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Tax Exemption Form
  • Letter of Request (to Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Customs clearance permission)

Specific Information

  • Customs clearance procedures take approximately 20-25 days provided all documents are received by agent and complete.
  • Afghanistan does not require the fumigation of wood packaging materials (WPM) with ISPM15 at this time

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • OBL / AWB
  • Original Commercial / Purchase Invoice
  • Tax Exemption Form
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Diplomatic Note to Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Custom Clearance Process

Specific Information

  • The import of motor vehicles requires prior authorization from the Ministry of Commerce in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • The VIN must be indicated on the OBL / AWB.


Documents Required

  • Certification of Vaccination, including rabies
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Pet Passport

Specific Information

  • The Certificate of Vaccination must be issued at the point of origin and accompany the animal (dogs).
  • The Certification of Vaccination and Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued within 30 days of arrival.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Alcohol (2 L)
  • Antiques, carpets, furs and camera film (permit is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of all kinds
  • Alcohol and Foodstuff
  • Pornography
  • Narcotics
  • Anti-Islamic materials, literature, etc.
  • Electronic recordings (CDs, DVDs, audiotapes and videotapes, etc.)

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

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IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.