Etiquette in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is located in Central Asia and has a population of 32.6 million people.

The nation is a unitary presidential Islamic republic.

The official languages of Afghanistan are Pashto and Dari.

Most citizens follow Islam. The currency of Afghanistan is the Afghani.

Greetings Etiquette

It’s usual to shake hands when meeting someone. A few people may cover their heart with their hands and nod. Close friends of the same gender will hug and may kiss one another on the cheek. However, men and women never offer to shake hands, nor will they speak to one another in public. Furthermore, avoid eye contact between men and women. Men may briefly make eye contact with one another.

Asking a direct question immediately after meeting is considered to be rude. It is important to first ask after the other person’s health, family, and other domestic areas of life.

Gift Giving Etiquette

When visiting an Afghani at home, it is customary to bring a small gift such as a dessert or pastry. It should be neatly wrapped. Leave it discreetly near where you sit or by the door. Don’t gift alcohol.