Specialist Afghanistan insurance essential for the foreseeable future
27 May 2014
Following another high profile Taleban attack in Afghanistan's north eastern Badakhshan province which culminated in the kidnapping of up to 27 police officers from Yamgan district (22 May 2014), foreign nationals are reminded that specialist Afghanistan insurance which includes cover for war and terrorism is essential.
Peter Bellwood says: “Following relatively peaceful first round presidential elections which saw a 14% advantage for former doctor, Abdullah Abdullah, some foreign nationals taking up posts in Afghanistan may have imagined that the security situation is less severe. The reality is that the country risk rating remains at ‘Extreme’ and standard business and travel insurance is unlikely to provide adequate cover.”
Should you consider kidnap and ransom insurance for Afghanistan?
This latest incident coincides with the start of the Taleban spring offensive as well as the lead up to the presidential run-off election, which is expected to occur in mid-June. The group has explicitly said that it intends to orchestrate multiple attacks during the election and that it is committed to driving foreign nationals out of the country.
Peter Bellwood says that many Bellwood Prestbury clients working on NATO contracts or infrastructure projects are opting for kidnap and ransom insurance as well as personal accident insurance and specialist business cover.
The current FCO advice is against all but essential travel to certain areas, but specifically advises against ALL travel to the following areas:
Surobi, Paghman, Musayhi, Khak-e Jabbar and Chahar Asyab Districts of Kabul province.
Balkh, Kunduz, Badakhshan and the Baghlan-e Jadid District of Baghlan.
Ghazni, Kapisa, Khost, Kunar, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Paktika, Wardak and Paktya.
Helmand, Kandahar, Nimroz, Uruzgan and Zabul.
Badghis and Farah, and the Shindand and Gozarah districts of Herat province.