Summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all travel to Afghanistan. There is a heightened risk of detention of British nationals. The British Government may not be notified about such detentions; communications with next of kin may not be guaranteed; and detention may be lengthy. There are currently no British consular officials in Afghanistan and our ability to provide consular assistance is severely limited. You should not travel to Afghanistan.

The security situation in Afghanistan remains extremely volatile. There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attacks through Afghanistan, including around the airport. Travel throughout Afghanistan is extremely dangerous, and border crossings may not be open. See ‘Safety and security’.

There was a severe earthquake of magnitude 5.9 in the Gyan district and surrounding areas of Paktika in the early hours local time, 22 June. If you are a British national in the area you should follow the instructions of the local authorities.

The British Embassy in Kabul has suspended in-country operations. Consular support is not available from the British Government within Afghanistan. If you are a British national and need to speak to a consular officer, call the FCDO on +44 (0) 1908 516666 (or 01908 516666 in the UK). British nationals may access consular services at our diplomatic missions in neighbouring countries.

The FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of travelling to any departure point within Afghanistan. If you are still in Afghanistan, you are strongly encouraged to Confirm Your Presence in order to receive important updates, and to leave as soon as practicable.

If you are a British national in Afghanistan, and would like information about applying for UK visas for your family then visit www.gov.uk/apply-to-come-to-the-uk or call UK Visas and Immigration on +44 (0) 2475 389980

If you are an Afghan national and are eligible or have been approved for assistance under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) or you are at serious risk and fall within a priority group please monitor our support page for further updates and information, or call +44 2475 389 980 (or 02475 389 980 in the UK).

If you would like information about applying for a British passport, or would like to check on your passport application, then visit www.gov.uk/overseas-passports or call the passport advice line on +44 (0) 300 222 0000

Registering your presence

If you are a British national still in Afghanistan, you are strongly encouraged to Confirm Your Presence in order to receive important updates.

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

Because FCDO advise against all travel to Afghanistan, your travel insurance may not apply there. Check with your insurance provider before travel.

Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Afghanistan. See Terrorism

Afghanistan is in a major earthquake zone and remains at risk from powerful earthquakes, aftershocks, landslides and flooding. See Natural disasters