2.3.5 Afghanistan Land Border Crossing of Islam Qala (Iran)


Islām Qala is a border town in the western Herat province of Afghanistan near the border with Iran. It is the official port of entry from neighboring Taybad, Iran. Islam Qala is part of the Kohsan District in Herat Province and is linked to the city of Herat via the Islam Qala-Herat Highway.

Border Crossing Location and Contact

Name of Border Crossing

Islam Qala

Province or District


Nearest Town or City with Distance from Border Crossing

Islam Qala Town (10 km)

Managing Authority / Agency

General Director of Islam Qala Border

Contact Person

Said Farid Hashimi +93 (0)796206060

Travel Times

Nearest International Airport

Herat Airport (135 km)

Truck Travel Time: 7-8 hrs

Car Travel time: 3-4 hrs

Nearest Port

Torghundi Border (230 km)

Truck Travel Time: 14-15 hrs

Car Travel time: 5-6 hrs

Nearest location with functioning wholesale markets, or with significant manufacturing or production capacity

Herat City (120 km)

Truck Travel Time: 6-7 hrs

Car Travel time: 2-3 hrs

Other Information


Weighing Bridges are available in Islam Qala Road, 2 km to Customs.

Hours of Operation


8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


8:00 AM to 12:00 AM




8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

National Holidays


Seasonal Constraints

Heavy flooding rarely results in road blockage in one point only. The border operation is never affected by weather conditions.

Daily Capacity

Both trucks and small cars are crossing border to and from Afghanistan and Iran using one lane. An average of 130 trucks/day transit through this border. The average custom clearance processing timeis 3-4 days/truck.

Customs Clearance

Documents needed for the custom clearance:

  • Tax Exemption Letter
  • WB
  • License
  • T1 document will be provided by the forwarding agent. 

Truck’s fee including the commission is around 85 USD.


Customs clearing has two steps. The initial step is at the border customs office introducing a consignment to Herat main Customs Department where customs clearing is processed and finalised for the imported goods.

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