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Afghanistan
04 Jan 2023
Libya citizenship
Visa
Visa Visa required
Useful information
Car traffic
Car traffic Right-hand
Currency
Currency Afghani
Language
Language Pashto, Dari
Phone code
Phone code +93
Covid There are no COVID restrictions
Health malaria vaccination recommended
Insurance policy Insurance policy recommended

Rules of entry and stay

According to the current legislation of Afghanistan, citizens of all countries need a visa to enter.

The only exception is for visitors born in Afghanistan, to Afghan parents or to parents born in Afghanistan.
The visa exemption also applies to holders of diplomatic or service passports of China, India (only diplomatic), Indonesia, Iran, Tajikistan, and Turkey, but only for stays of up to 30 days.


Tourist visa policy in Afghanistan 
Foreign travelers will have to apply for a visa to Afghanistan before entering the country. However, this may vary slightly depending on the country of origin, as some countries may only require registration at the embassy;
Travelers from countries including the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and all EU member states must apply for a paper visa before entering Afghanistan;
However, some travelers can save a lot of time by applying for registration at the embassy so that they can get a paper visa (if necessary) faster.
The same applies to foreigners of Afghan origin, whose passports must be valid only at the time of arrival.


Tourist visa
Tourist visas are granted to all foreign nationals who intend to visit Afghanistan for tourism purposes or to visit their friends and family.
Tourist visas are valid for 3 months with a single entry. The period of stay in Afghanistan is 30 days during the validity period.
Required documents:
  • Duly completed and signed visa application form
  • Note: The Afghanistan visa application form must be filled out in capital letters. All questions must be answered. No question should be left unanswered. If the question is not applicable, you should enter "N/A" as the answer. The visa application form must be notarized, especially around the signature/area
  • One photo of standard passport size
  • Valid passport
  • Note: You should send the original passport - a copy is not accepted. The validity of the signed passport must exceed 6 months to apply for a visa. A visa will not be issued with a validity period of less than 6 months. Must contain a sufficient number of blank pages of the visa. Visas are stamped on the blank "Visa" pages of your passport. The pages with changes (clearly marked as such) on the back of the applicant's passport are not accepted for visa issuance. If the applicant's passport does not meet these requirements, you must update your passport or obtain a new one before applying for a visa
  • An itinerary from a registered travel agency in Afghanistan, including information about flights, accommodation addresses and places to be visited;
  • Letter of invitation 
  • Letter of approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The host country must request a letter of approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A copy of this approval must be submitted with the visa application
  • A personal statement explaining the purpose of the visit and confirming the risks associated with traveling to Afghanistan
  • Proof of residence/address (e.g., a copy of your photo ID with photo and address, a copy of your current driver's license, a copy of your utility bill, provided it shows your name and address. For minors (under the age of 18), both parents must provide proof of residence/address
A minor applicant (17 and under) must submit such additional documents, even if both parents are traveling with the minor:
  • A copy of the minor's birth certificate
  • A copy of both parents' driver's licenses and passports
  • The application form must be signed by both parents or legal guardian


Children's electronic travel permit
Children's electronic travel permits are required for children of Afghan descent born outside Afghanistan who do not have an Afghan passport or tazkera.
If the child's non-Afghan passport indicates Afghanistan as the place of birth, he or she does not need an entry permit.
Necessary requirements
  • One of the parents must be an Afghan citizen
  • A copy of the child's passport
  • Birth certificate of the child with the names of both parents
  • A copy of the parent's passport
  • A copy of the mother's passport
  • An application completed, dated and signed by both parents;
Important information: Children's e-Travel Permits will be sent to the applicant by email within 3 business days after submission of the application. Applicants under the age of 16 are not required to appear at the Embassy. Children's e-Travel Authorizations are reusable and valid for 5 years for children under 16 years of age from the date of issue Children's e-Travel Authorizations are reusable and valid for 1 year for children over 16 years of age from the date of issue


How long is the visa valid for?
A tourist visa to Afghanistan is valid for 30 days. This is a single entry visa. It is not tied to a specific date, i.e. the validity of the visa starts from the date of entry, which can be any day during the 3-month period specified in the visa.


What are the ways to get a visa?
Through the embassy
Currently, the embassy issues a single-entry tourist visa before traveling to the country, which allows a tourist to stay in Afghanistan for 30 days and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. To obtain such a visa, you usually need to apply in person or send it by mail (for example, if there is no embassy in the applicant's country).
In case of submitting documents in person:
  • Download, print and fill out the application form
  • Prepare all the necessary documents
  • Book an appointment (usually this can be done online, but it will depend on the embassy to which you apply)
  • Attend an interview at the embassy
  • Get a visa with a stamp in your passport
If you submit documents by mail: 
  • Download, print and fill out the application form
  • Prepare all necessary documents, including a pre-paid return envelope with your address
  • Send everything to the embassy
  • Wait until you receive your passport in the mail with a visa inside


Recommended vaccinations: malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, typhoid
Health insurance policy.
Since Afghanistan is a "high-risk" territorial area, it is recommended to include it in the travel insurance policy:
  • expenses for emergency medical care 
  • emergency medical evacuation/repatriation 
  • political and natural disasters 
  • kidnapping, robbery, piracy and unlawful detention;
  • personal accident 
  • assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder/counseling after a covered hostile event

Transit rules

Entry with pets

Emergency numbers

Information for motorists

Customs Regulations

Practical tips from experienced tourists

Embassy Contacts

Entering Afghanistan as Libyan Citizen