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Visa

Welcome to the visa information page. The visa section of the Consulate General of Afghanistan in
New York provides visa services to foreign nationals who wish to travel to Afghanistan.

On this page you will find information about visa types, visa applications and requirements to travel to
Afghanistan. It is important to check the visa types and make sure you are applying for proper type of
visa.

Please look over the directions, complete the form with the correct information, and return it to the
Consulate General with the required attachments.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our visa section on 212 972 2276, 212
972 2277

Our office hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Types of Visa and Requirements

A. Types of Visa 

Single Entry Visa This type of visa is issued by the diplomatic and consular missions of Afghanistan
abroad. This visa is issued with the validity of three months and a staying time of one month. With the
approval of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this type of visa can be changed to other types of visas
including a Work Visa or can be extended once the holder enters Afghanistan.

Multiple-Entry Visa

This type of visa is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior Affairs in Afghanistan
and diplomatic and consular missions of Afghanistan abroad. This Visa is issued on reciprocal basis to
the employees of foreign organizations, flight crews, foreign cleaners and drivers, and the heads and
employees of foreign companies. This visa is issued with the validity and staying time of three to six
months for multiple entries based on reciprocity.

Work Entry Visa

This type of visa is issued to foreign nationals who travel to Afghanistan for business, marketing,
industry, work in companies, government and non-government organizations, foreign diplomatic and
consular agencies, United Nations and other international agencies and those who have been invited
by these agencies in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This visa is issued with the validity
of three months and a staying time of one month. This visa is extended by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in Afghanistan.

Non-Work Entry Visa

This type of visa is issued to foreign nationals who go to Afghanistan to study, settle legal and
business transaction, visiting family, academic research, media and cultural affairs, sports, to attend
academic conferences and seminars, and to attend formal invitations by the Islamic Republic of
Afghanistan. This visa is issued with the validity of three months and a staying time of one month.

In exceptional cases, if necessary, this visa is extended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in
Afghanistan.

Stay Visa

This type of visa can be issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior Affairs in
Afghanistan to those foreign nationals who hold a Single-Entry Visa, Work Visa, Non-Work Entry Visa,
Tourist Visa or Transit Visa. This visa is issued with the validity and staying time of one to six months
and can be extended upon request.

Applicants who are out of Afghanistan will be allowed to apply for this type of visa. Those who are
inside the country via a valid visa will not be able to apply through the diplomatic or consular missions
of Afghanistan abroad.

Transit Visa

This type of visa is issued by the diplomatic and consular missions of Afghanistan abroad or in
exceptional situations by the airport authorities. This visa is issued to foreign nationals who travel
through Afghanistan. The validity of this visa is one month, and the staying time in case of air travel is
72 hours; the staying time in case of land travel is 6 days staring from the date of entry.

This visa cannot be extended except in emergency cases (death of a travel companion, unexpected
incidents, road closures, or closure of the origin or destination airport).

Double-Transit Visa

Based on prior agreements, and on reciprocal basis this type of visa is issued by the diplomatic and
consular missions of Afghanistan abroad, or in exceptional situations by the airport authorities. This
visa is issued to foreign nationals who travel through Afghanistan a second time. The validity of this
visa is three months, and the staying period in case of air travel is 72 hours; the staying time in case
of land travel is 6 days staring from the date of each entry.

This visa cannot be extended except in emergency cases (death of a travel companion, unexpected
incidents, road closures, or the closure of origin or destination airport).

The traveler must hold a visa or travel documents for the destination country at the time of issuance of
this visa.

Tourist Visa

This visa is issued to foreign nationals who travel to Afghanistan for leisure, rest, sightseeing, and
pilgrimage. This visa is issued with the validity of three months and staying time of one month.

In agreement with the Ministry of Information and Culture, this visa can be extended by the Ministry of
Interior Affairs, once in Afghanistan, for a specific period of time. The holder of this visa is not
authorized to work in Afghanistan.

The holder of this visa is NOT allowed to go hunting without prior authorization from the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs.

Re-Entry Visa

This visa is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior Affairs in Afghanistan to
foreign nationals and their families when the head of family has entered Afghanistan on a Work or
Non-Work Entry Visa and are residing there. This visa is issued with the staying time of two months on
each entry.

Applicants who are out of Afghanistan will be allowed to apply for this type of visa. Those who are
inside the country via a valid visa will not be able to apply through the diplomatic or consular missions
of Afghanistan abroad.

Exit Visa

This type of visa is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior Affairs to the
foreign nationals who have entered Afghanistan on a Work Visa or a Non-Work Entry Visa, or to those
whose Tourist Visa has expired, or if it is authorized by Afghan government authorities. This visa is
issued with the validity of one-to-six days.

Applicants who are out of Afghanistan will be allowed to apply for this type of visa. Those who are
inside the country via a valid visa will not be able to apply through the diplomatic or consular missions
of Afghanistan abroad.

Visa for Diplomats and Government Officials

Issuance of visas to holders of diplomatic and service passports (individuals who intend to work as
diplomats in their respective consular and political missions in Afghanistan) needs an authorization
from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. And issuance of visa to the
family members is based on the conditions for the head of the family, and can be issued free of
charge or on reciprocal basis.

Issuance of necessary visas to the official delegations shall be issued based on the referral of the
resident country and its consular or political agencies, in a timely manner.

Based on bilateral agreements, holders of political passports from China, Indonesia, Iran, and Turkey
can enter Afghanistan without a visa and stay from one to three months.

Holders of service passports from Indonesia are exempt from visa and can stay for one month without
a visa.

Applicants for an Afghan visa, regardless of the type of visa, are required to obey the laws of the
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Visa for South Korean & Japanes

South Korean Citizens whose passport does not indicate “special Permission to visit” shall not be
issued an Afghan visa. Japanese citizens shall be issued visas after agreement from their embassy, or
consulate. And Korean-Americans should not be issued visas without authorization from the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan.

After presenting their ID and a written request form their authorized office, Employees of Interpol shall
be issued free visas after authorization form the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan.

Visa & Entry Permit for Dual Citizen Afghans

Upon request, individuals with Afghan descent who have dual citizenship and are carrying a foreign
passport are given an entry permit after providing their Afghan Identification document(s), to travel to
Afghanistan. Also, the children under 18 years old who are born to these parents abroad and are
holding foreign passports are given entry Permits based on the citizenship of their parents, after
providing Afghan Identity document(s) of their parents.

Those Afghans who are unable to provide Afghan Identification document(s) should apply for Visa
to travel to Afghanistan with foreign passport.

Those Afghan Citizens who have legally renounced their citizenship are exception to this rule and
are treated like foreign nationals.

The foreign spouses of Afghan citizens, male or female, who have got married according to the Sharia
law, are issued a free of charge entry visa after presenting their marriage documents. The visa is
changed to a one-year stay visa by the ministry of Interior Affairs in Afghanistan.

After leaving Afghanistan, these individuals must obtain a new entry visa from the Consular and
political agencies of Afghanistan abroad for re-entry to Afghanistan.

Notes:

All foreign nationals can obtain an Afghan visa, except in the following cases:

When the individual is banned from entering Afghanistan by the Afghan authorities;

When the individual has not completed the previous ban period;

When the individual has been expelled from Afghanistan for an unknown period of time;

When the individual is suspected to disrupt security, disrupt general order, or is suspected of
moral corruption, or lack of respect for the rules of Islam;

In certain situations when the authorities at the consular and political missions of Afghanistan
abroad, based on sound reasons, deem it unfavorable to issue a visa to a certain individual;

When there is a risk of spread of a contagious disease;

When the high-ranking authorities have decided to deny the visa.

B. Requirements

It is important to completely fill out all of the required forms and submit all required documents. Doing
so will minimize the processing time prevent further delay.

1. Fill in the Visa Application Form correctly and sign personally. Please follow the directions,
complete the form with the correct information and return it to the Visa Section of the Consulate
General of Afghanistan in New York with the required attachment(s). Download one of these visa
application forms:

Visa Application Form (Dari/Pashto).pdf

Visa Application Form (English).pdf

2. Enclose one recent passport-size photo conforming to these standard requirements:

In color with WHITE BACKGROUND

Printed on matte or glossy photo-quality paper

2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm) in size

Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the
bottom of the chin to the top of the head

Since the background of your photo is in white, try not to have white cloths and not cover the head
with white cloth/scarf.

Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance

Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera

With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open

3. In exceptional cases, a health clearance letter indicating that the person is not suffering from any
contagious diseases will be required.

4. Enclose the appropriate visa application fee (must be paid in U.S. dollars with a money order
payable to the Consulate General of Afghanistan in New York).

5. Visa application fees:

       US Passport holders: $160.00 One Month Visa (Validity 3 months)
       US Passport holders: $180.00 Three Month Visa (Validity 3 months)
       US Passport holders: $360.00 One Year Visa (Validity One Year)
       Other countries' passport holders: $100.00 One Month Visa (Validity 3 months)
       India and Pakistan passport holders: free
       Official and UN Passport holders: free (3 business days after authorization is received from
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan)

Note: The visa application fee will change depending on the type of visa you apply for.

6. If you are a U.S. alien resident, provide a copy of your Green Card, copy of original, or valid alien
registration card or valid U.S. resident visa.

7. For official visits, please contact your employer to send a letter of introduction with the details of
the purpose of your visit to Afghanistan to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in Kabul, who
will then send us authorization of issuance of visa.

8. If visiting family or friends, please furnish a letter of introduction from whom you intend to visit in
Afghanistan.

9. If tourism is the purpose of your visit, please state in detail the nature of your tour and places you
intend to travel to in Afghanistan.

10. Media personnel/journalists are required to provide an introduction letter stating the purpose,
duration and places they intend to visit in Afghanistan. (Media journalists must contact Press Office of
the Directorate of Media Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, at:

Char-rah e Malik Asghar

Shah Mahmood Ghazi Wat

Kabul, Afghanistan

11. If employment is the purpose of your visit, an official letter of introduction from your employer or
sponsoring government or organization stating the purpose and duration of your trip, sponsorship
information and financial guarantee for expenses that will be incurred in Afghanistan. In individual
cases, you may be required to provide additional documents.

12. Applicants applying for a Work Visa should be below the age of retirement (65) and must provide
their educational documents along with the visa application, invitation or introduction letter from the
employer company in Afghanistan (including passport information, purpose of travel and duration of
stay of the applicant). Additionally, they should also have a confirmation letter from Consular Affairs
Directorate-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the I.R. of Afghanistan.

13. Those who intend to travel to Afghanistan for investment and business purposes can apply for an
Afghan Business Visa by providing the following documentation:

Introduction or permission letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chamber of Commerce, or
other related official bodies

Work permit and business license

Address of the company

Documents providing the type of commercial activities, payment of taxes and bank account
number

14. If you are applying by mail, please include a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope, large
enough for the return of your passport and documents. You may use certified or registered mail, or
any other traceable mailing service or courier to ensure safety of your passport. A notarized
application is required for those who mail their documents or their companies send their applications.

Information for U.S. Passport Holders

Effective January 1, 2015, holders of U.S. passports applying for a visa to Afghanistan will be eligible
for multiple-entry visas depending on the purpose and significance of the trip with a standard fee of
$160.00 based on reciprocity and subject to change.

Note: Duration of visa (one month, up to 12 months) and number of entries is based on reciprocity
and the sole discretion of the Afghan embassy/consulate. It should be understood that a visa is not
considered to be a right, and if individuals are not found eligible or do not have adequate supporting
documents, issuance of visas will be denied or suspended without provision of any further clarification.
Visa Application Form
Download Afghan Visa Application from here

Application Form
Important Information for Visa Applicant!

Visa application fees:

US Passport holders: $160.00 One Month Visa (Validity 3 months)
US Passport holders: $180.00 Three Month Visa (Validity 3 months)
US Passport holders: $360.00 One Year Visa (Validity One Year)
Other countries' passport holders: $100.00 One Month Visa (Validity 3 months)
India and Pakistan passport holders: free
Official and UN Passport holders: free

Any additional fees that is charged by individuals/companies or tourist service providers is not Visa fees related, The Consulate is not liable for any additional fees charged by third party. 
For more information contact the Visa Section at 212 972 2277