Visa for Journalists

  • To obtain a visa, journalists and other media persons are required to submit the following documents to the Media Section of the Embassy and meet the press secretary in person.
  • A letter from the applicant’s employer addressed to the Media Section of the Embassy. Besides, confirming the applicant’s employment, the letter should mention the purpose of applicant’s visit to Afghanistan.
  • A copy of passport (in case you are a foreigner please also submit copy of your India visa or residential permit)
  • A copy of applicant’s press card issued by Indian government
  • Complete visa application from (click here to download visa form)


  • 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.

Visa Fee

Indian nationals are offered free visa; however, other nationals should pay a hundred U.S. Dollar ($100). The payment is only accepted in cash.

Processing Time

The visa application processing normally takes 14 working days, once the visa application is approved the applicant will be informed through email to submit his/her passport to the consular section for visa stamp. The applicant is required to pay the visa fee at the time of submitting hi/her passport at the consular section. Issuance of visa takes at least 3 days, in case the applicant wants her/his visa to be issued within 24 hours, an extra amount of $50 American Dollar is chargeable.

When to submit the visa application?

A journalist can submit his/her visa application along with other support documents to the Media Section on any working day during the week after getting a prior appointment, request for an appointment should be sent to (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by calling (+91-11-2410 0412).  

What type of visa a journalist is issued?

Entry Visa with a validity of 3 months which allows the journalist to stay for 30 days, is issued. However, if the journalist wants to stay longer she/he can extend the visa at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul. Journalists can apply for 6 months multiple entry visa at MoFA .