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Afghanistan

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AFGHANISTAN
AFGHANISTAN

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Afghanistan - Country information

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

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ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

AFG

Internet country code

AF

GRC Country Code

AFG

Languages of Afghanistan

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The official languages are Dari (Farsi) External, with some 5.6 million speakers; and Northern External and Southern Pashto External with some 8 million speakers. Dari is used for business and government transactions. Both use Arabic script. 47 other languages are spoken External, the main ones being Hazaragi External (1.4 millions speakers); Turkmen External (0.5 million speakers) and Southern Uzbek External (1.4 million speakers).

Afghan Personal names

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Afghans traditionally have no family names. If they do, they are written after the given name, and women traditionally take their husband's upon marriage.

   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Example address formats for Afghanistan

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   Note: This section last updated 23rd March 2020

BBC news story (29th September 2011) about the difficulties of delivering post in Kabul, where fews streets have names or buildings numbers. External

Where there's a will, there's a delivery - delivery post in Kabul where most streets are unnamed and most buildings unnumbered. Gulf Times, 25th February 2015 External

Many areas, particularly outside cities, have no street names or numbered buildings.

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   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Afghanistan - Postal codes

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   Note: This section last updated 13th May 2020

Afghani postal codes, introduced on 21st March 2011, have four digits. The first two digits (between 10 and 43) are assigned by province (please see the table below in the Administrative Districts section). Where the final two numbers fall between 01 and 50 delivery is to a city and delivery zone. For those ending between 51 and 99 delivery is to districts and delivery zones outside the urban areas.

The code is written on its own on the last line of the address block.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Afghanistan - Postal code format graphic

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Afghanistan - Postal code format

Afghanistan - Postal code specifics

Afghani postal codes all currently fall within these ranges: 1001-1016, 1051-1064, 1101-1103, 1151-1159, 1201-1203, 1251-1256, 1301-1303, 1351-1358, 1401-1403, 1451-1456, 1501-1502, 1551-1557, 1601-1606, 1651-1657, 1701-1704, 1741-1742, 1751-1764, 1801-1803, 1851-1863, 1901-1905, 1951-1960, 2001-2004, 2051-2056, 2101-2103, 2151-2156, 2201-2203, 2251-2264, 2301-2303, 2351-2368, 2401-2403, 2451-2468, 2501-2504, 2551-2562, 2601-2603, 2641-2642, 2651-2672, 2701-2703, 2751-2755, 2801-2803, 2851-2866, 2901-2903, 2951-2957, 3001-3005, 3041-3042, 3051-3069, 3101-3103, 3151-3160, 3201-3203, 3251-3260, 3301-3303, 3351-3356, 3401-3403, 3451-3477, 3501-3503, 3541, 3551-3559, 3601-3603, 3651-3664, 3701-3703, 3751-3766, 3801-3803, 3851-3867, 3901-3903, 3951-3964, 4001-4003, 4051-4060, 4101-4103, 4151-4155, 4201-4203, 4251-4259, 4301-4303, 4351-4355.

Afghanistan - Postal code regular expression

\A( (1001-1016)|(1051-1064)|(1101-1103)|(1151-1159)|(1201-1203)|(1251-1256)|(1301-1303)|(1351-1358)|(1401-1403)|(1451-1456)|(1501-1502)|(1551-1557)|(1601-1606)|(1651-1657)|(1701-1704)|(1741-1742)|(1751-1764)|(1801-1803)|(1851-1863)|(1901-1905)|(1951-1960)|(2001-2004)|(2051-2056)|(2101-2103)|(2151-2156)|(2201-2203)|(2251-2264)|(2301-2303)|(2351-2368)|(2401-2403)|(2451-2468)|(2501-2504)|(2551-2562)|(2601-2603)|(2641-2642)|(2651-2672)|(2701-2703)|(2751-2755)|(2801-2803)|(2851-2866)|(2901-2903)|(2951-2957)|(3001-3005)|(3041-3042)|(3051-3069)|(3101-3103)|(3151-3160)|(3201-3203)|(3251-3260)|(3301-3303)|(3351-3356)|(3401-3403)|(3451-3477)|(3501-3503)|(3541)|(3551-3559)|(3601-3603)|(3651-3664)|(3701-3703)|(3751-3766)|(3801-3803)|(3851-3867)|(3901-3903)|(3951-3964)|(4001-4003)|(4051-4060)|(4101-4103)|(4151-4155)|(4201-4203)|(4251-4259)|(4301-4303)|(4351-4355) )\Z

Afghanistan - Postal code level of coverage

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Afghanistan - Postal code map

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Afghanistan Place names

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   Note: This section last updated 20th August 2014

Refer to Exonyms in Afghanistan for full lists of place names in Afghanistan in other languages.

Afghanistan Administrative districts

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   Note: This section last updated 22nd March 2020

Administrative districts graphic

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Afghanistan is divided into 34 provinces (velayat External). Below is a list the provinces and their capital cities and postal code ranges.

Province Capital city Postal code ranges
Badakhshan External Feyzabad 3401-3403; 3451-3477
Badghis External Qaleh-ye Now 3301-3303; 3351-3356
Baghlan External Pol-e Khomri 3601-3603; 3651-3664
Balkh External Mazar-e-Shariff 1701-1704; 1741-1742; 1751-1764
Bamian External Bamian 1601-1606; 1651-1657
Daykondi External Nili 4201-4203; 4251-4259
Farah External Farah 3101-3103; 3151-3160
Faryab External Meymaneh 1801-1803; 1851-1863
Ghazni External Ghazni 2301-2303; 2351-2368
Ghowr External Chaghcharan 3201-3203; 3251-3260
Helmand External Lashkar Gah 3901-3903; 3951-3964
Herat External Herat 3001-3005; 3041-3042, 3051-3069
Jowzjan External Sheberghan 1901-1905; 1951-1960
Kabul External Kabul 1001-1016; 1051-1064
Kandahar External Kandahar 3801-3803; 3851-3867
Kapisa External Mahmud-e-Raqi 1201-1203; 1251-1256
Khowst External Khowst 2501-2504; 2551-2562
Konar External Asadabad 2801-2803; 2851-2866
Kunduz External Qonduz 3501-3503; 3541; 3551-3559
Laghman External Mehtar Lam 2701-2703; 2751-2755
Lowgar External Pol-e 'Alam 1401-1403; 1451-1456
Nangarhar External Jalalabad 2601-2603; 2641-2642; 2651-2672
Nimruz External Zaranj 4301-4303; 4351-4355
Nuristan External Parun 2901-2903; 2951-2957
Oruzgan External Tarin Kowt 4101-4103; 4151-4155
Paktia External Gardez 2201-2203; 2251-2264
Paktika External Zareh Sharan 2401-2403; 2451-2468
Panjshir External Bazarak 1501-1502; 1551-1557
Parvan External Charikar 1101-1103; 1151-1159
Samangan External Aybak 2001-2004; 2051-2056
Sar-i Pol External Sar-i Pol 2101-2103; 2151-2156
Takhar External Taloqan 3701-3703; 3751-3766
Vardak External Maidan Shar 1301-1303; 1351-1358
Zabol External Qalat 4001-4003; 4051-4060

Afghanistan Telephone numbers

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   Note: This section last updated 26th April 2017

Afghan area codes have 2 digits when called from abroad, and subscriber numbers have 7 digits.

Mobile numbers have the area codes 70-79.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 

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