INSTRUCTION FOR FOREIGN (NON - INDIAN) VISA APPLICANTS

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Except holders of diplomatic passport of certain countries who based on reciprocity and mutual agreement are exempt from visa, all foreign nationals are required to obtain a visa prior to entering the territory of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. However, businesspeople and investors can also obtain business visa on arrival at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul. Please note that this service is only available at Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Based on the purpose of his/her visit to Afghanistan a foreigner may apply for a Working Entry Visa, Business Visa, Tourist Visa, Visit Visa, Official Visa, Diplomatic Visa, Student/Research Visa, Transit Visa, and Crew Visa. Before applying for a visa please check which visa type you are eligible to apply for. Applicants under sixteen who are travelling without his/her parents with a relative or friend should have a consent letter from his/her parent, stating that he/she can travel with that particular person.

Visa application is normally processed within three to seven days though some applications may take longer. The information provided in the form should be accurate, inaccurate information may delay your application procedure or may result in rejection of your application.

Bearers of diplomatic, official and UN-Lassies Passer and individuals who work voluntarily for international charity organizations are generally exempt from visa fee of any kind.
Please make sure to apply for extension of your visa at least 7 days before it expires if you need to stay longer than your visa is valid. In the event that you fail to get your visa extended you are required to get an exit visa from the Ministry of the Interior Affairs, after payment of fine for the number of days you overstayed.

It is critically important to know that Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has not authorized any travel agent to apply for a visa on behalf of an applicant. Please be aware of the visa fraud. There might be agents or visa consultants who may try to dupe you into paying them for obtaining a visa for you. You may end up having a fake visa in your passport without knowing it. There are cases that people who have been desperate for employment have fallen into the trap of such agents.

We encourage the applicants to read all the visa information written hereunder, in case you couldn’t find the information you are looking for, you can reach the visa help line at +91-11-26871326 between 9:30-13:00 and 14: 16:30 Monday to Friday.

Basic Requirements for all visa types:

  • Original passport valid at least for six months 
  • Application form (duly filled & signed by the applicant)
  • Color Photo of the applicant matching the following criteria
  • 4x5 cm in size with white background
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect the applicant’s current appearance 
  • Contain face, neck, and shoulders of the applicant
  • Copy of the passport data page
  • Applicant must submit his/her application in person to the Consular Section of the embassy.

Tourist Visa (TV)

TV is issued for foreign nationals who are interested to visit Afghanistan individually or with a group for the purpose of visiting natural, tourist and historic sites or their relatives. Tourist is issued with a validity of ninety (90) days and a period of 30 days stay. TV can be extended only once by the Ministry of Interior Affairs with the approval of the Afghan Tourism Department.
Please be aware that employment is not permitted under a tourist visa.

Required Documents1- An application cover letter (should mention the places you planning to visit in Afghanistan and the duration of your stay)
2- Hotel reservation or any other proof of accommodation if any
3- Return air ticket
4- National of certain non-European countries may be required to bring a letter from his/her embassy in Delhi
FeeUSD$. 80
Application Processing Time: 7 working days but if applicant wants her application to be processed within 24 hours, he/she is required to pay USD 50 in cash in U.S. Dollar only

Working Entry Visa (WEV)

WV is issued to employees, doctors, teachers, trainers, experts, engineers, pilots, the staff of ground transportation and foreign technical workers entering the territory of Afghanistan for the purpose of working at Diplomatic and Consular Representations, UN Offices, International Organizations; Government and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Required Documents1- Reference number issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan
2- Employment Contract/appointment letter
3- Educational documents attested by the applicant’s embassy in New Delhi
a. Nepalese who has been Employed as Security Guard by NATO or US contractors or foreign embassies in Kabul should submit their Army Discharge Certificate
b. National of some countries may be required to bring a letter from his/her embassy in Delhi
FeeUSD$. 100
Application Processing Time: 3 working days but if applicant wants her/his application to be processed within 24 hours, he/she is required to pay USD 50 in cash in U.S. Dollar only

Business Visa:

BV is issued to the foreign nationals who enter the territory of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the purpose of business, investment, marketing, commercial transactions, guardianship, liquidation, handling of corporate affairs, and commercial property; selling and buying property; participation in exhibitions; commercial events and other similar issues.

Required Documents1. Reference number issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan.
2. Registration certificate of the company
3. Bank Statement of the Company
4. Letter from the company addressed to the embassy, introducing the businessman for visa issuance.
5. Invitation letter from the prospect local partner company in Afghanistan
6. Copy of the license (JAWAZ) of the prospect local partner company in Afghanistan
3 months Multiple Entries USD.40
Six-month Multiple Entries USD.80
Fee1 year Multiple Enteries USD.160
2 Years Multiple Entries USD.250
3 Years Multiple Entries USD.300
Application Processing Time: 7 working days but if applicant wants her application to be processed within 24 hours, he/she is required to pay USD 50 in cash in U.S. Dollar only
NoteBusinesspeople and investor also can obtain visa on arrival at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. For information about visa on arrival please click here

Visit Visa (VV):

Visit Visa is issued to foreign nationals who intend to participate in sports competitions, exhibitions, visiting their relatives and friends or conduct pilgrimage to holy sites in Afghanistan.  

Required Documents1- Reference Number from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan
2- Letter from the employer/organization of the applicant
FeeFor 30 days stay with single entry USD.80 
For 90 days stay with single entry USD.80 per month, Total: USD.280
Application Processing Time:7 working days but if applicant wants her application to be processed within 24 hours, he/she is required to pay USD 50 in cash in U.S. Dollar only

Diplomatic Visa (DV)

Diplomatic visa is granted to the holders of diplomatic passport. It should be noted that based on MoU and reciprocity principle diplomatic passport holders of some countries don’t require visa for travelling to Afghanistan. 

Required Documents1- Note Verbale from her/her respective Embassy
2- Completed diplomatic visa application form
FeeGratis
Application Processing Time: Three working days
NoteDiplomatic passport holders should submit/forward their application to the Protocol Section of the Embassy. 

Official Visa (OV):

Official Visa is issued to the foreign nationals who hold Service and Special Passports or UN Laissez-Passer. It can also be issued to those who enter the territory of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for conducting official assignments in the diplomatic and consular missions of foreign countries, institutions, agencies or international organizations. Issuing visa for the staff of relevant authorities having Service Passport is free of charge, but for others, it will be treated based on reciprocity principle. 

Required Documents1- Reference Number from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan
2- Letter from the employer/organization of the applicant
FeeGratis
Application Processing Time: Three working days

Entry Visa for the foreign spouse of an Afghan national

1- Marriage Certificate: if issued by the government of the applicant in another country, it should be attested by the embassy of the applicant in New Delhi. If issued in in Afghanistan, should be attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan; if issued by the Afghanistan Embassy in New Delhi, it doesn’t require any attestation.
2- Passport copy of the spouse

Required Documents1- Marriage Certificate attested by Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan
2- Passport copy of the spouse
FeeGratis
Application Processing Time: Three working days but if the applicant wants her/his application to be processed within 24 hours, he/she is required to pay USD 50 in cash in U.S. dollar only

Student Visa (STV)

Student visa is issued to a foreigner who intends to study or conduct research within Afghanistan Government and private educational/academic institutions. If a student has a government scholarship, the SV fee will be charged based on reciprocity principle.

Required Documents1- Reference number issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Govt. of Afghanistan;
2- Admission/bonafide or introduction letter from the university or institution he/she is admitted to;
3- Other supporting documents if any.
Single Entry 90 Days Stay USD$. 40 
FeeDouble Entries 90 Days Stay USD$.60 
Multiple entries  90 Days Stay USD$.100
Application Processing Time:Three Working Days

Transit Visa:

Transit Visa is issued to foreigners who intend to travel to another country via Afghanistan. The validity of TSV for air passengers is for one (1) month with a period of three days stay for those who travel by air and a period of six (6) days stay for those who travel by land. TSV is issued based on mutual agreement and reciprocity with the right to enter once (1) or twice (2). 

Required Documents1- Copy of the valid visa of the destination country
2- Air Ticket
FeeSingle Entry USD$. 80
Double Entries USD$. 150
Application Processing Time:3 working days but if applicant wants her application to be processed within 24 hours, he/she is required to pay USD 50 in cash in U.S. Dollar only

Crew Visa (CV):

Crew Visa is issued to the crews of foreign airlines (pilot, engineer, flight attendants and air technicians) who enter the territory of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The validity of CV is for six (6) months with multiple entries for US $600. CV shall be extended by the Ministry of Interior Affairs for a period of one (1) month to one (1) year based on the request of the relevant airline to the Independent Directorate of Civil Aviation and an official letter from Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Required Documents1- Reference Number issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan
2- Contract agreement/appointment letter with the airline
3- Copy of most relevant educational documents
4- Pilot certificate/license if the applicant is a pilot
FeeSix Months Multiple Entries USD$. 600
Application Processing Time: 3 working days but if applicant wants her application to be processed urgently, he/she is required to pay USD 50 in cash in U.S. Dollar only

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the Embassy, applications submitted to the Embassy by travel agencies will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant. 
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