Communication in Afghanistan
Communication in Afghanistan should be the top priority once you have arrived in country. Do not neglect this.
Life in Afghanistan is a whole lot safer and fun when you are confident you have utilized as many communication tools available.
- Register with your Embassy. Make sure they know you are here and for how long - update this information with them yearly or as security dictates.
- Get at least 1, possibly 2 cell phones, with Sim cards from different cell phone companies. Sim cards are cheap, and can be purchased at the airport right after clearing baggage claim.
- Make sure you have access to a satellite phone. Thuraya phones can be purchased in country.
- get access to 24/7 internet through an independent provider, not a cell phone company. Get Skype running on your computer. When/if security deteriorates, the cell phone connections usually become inoperable rather quickly, and Skype is one of the main ways you can stay connected to others.
- If possible, have VHF radios, and make sure you have access to others. You'll need a license from the Ministry of Communications to operate these, however.
Basically, in the Security and Communication Lectures my husband and I have given to newcomers twice yearly for the past 7 years, we advise everyone to have redundant forms of communication, including Afghan friends you can trust.
Security Tips from a Mom who has lived in Afghanistan for almost a decade.
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