Vaccinations for Afghanistan

There are no compulsory vaccinations for Afghanistan when travelling directly from Ireland. It should be noted that if your passport shows that you have travelled via a yellow fever endemic country then the immigration authorities in Afghanistan will usually check to see that you have received adequate vaccination cover against that disease.

Afghanistan is one of the few countries reporting cases of Poliomyelitis.

For most standard tourists or short-term business travellers to Afghanistan the usual recommended vaccines include cover against the childhood diseases (Polio, Tetanus and Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps and Rubella) as well as cover against the food borne diseases of Typhoid and Hepatitis A. Vaccination against Meningococcal Meningitis is frequently recommended especially if you will be in larger gatherings of people or using public transport. For those trekking or travelling to Afghanistan for an extended period then vaccination cover against Hepatitis B and Rabies should be considered.

Most travellers should start their vaccines about 4 to 6 weeks before they leave Ireland. However those planning a longer visit, or where their planned trip is likely to bring them to more rural parts of Afghanistan, should attend earlier to ensure that they have sufficient time to complete the travel vaccine courses.

Malaria prophylaxis may need to be considered depending on your itinerary.

Vaccination List Required/ Recommended All Travellers Trekking Rural
Yellow Fever
Tetanus Tetanus
Diphtheria Diphtheria
Hepatitis A Hepatitis A
Typhoid Typhoid
Hepatitis B Hepatitis B
Rabies Rabies
Meningococcal Meningitis Meningococcal Meningitis
Poliomyelitis Poliomyelitis
Cholera
Tuberculosis Tuberculosis
Tick Borne Encephalitis
Japanese B Encephalitis
Malaria W.H.O. report malaria transmission in this country in certain areas. Please consult your Doctor or Travel Clinic.

Country Profile

Find out more about the health risks you should be aware of when travelling in Afghanistan by reading the DFA Afghanistan country information page
or the WHO Afghanistan country information page.