We develop and maintain relations between the UK and Afghanistan.

The British government is supporting the Afghan government to:

  • support Afghan-led efforts to make progress towards a sustainable political settlement
  • build sustainable and sufficiently capable Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) which can contain the insurgency, deny safe havens to international terrorist groups and protect the civilian population
  • build a viable Afghan state, which can increasingly meet its population’s needs from its own resources

DFID Afghanistan

We work in Afghanistan to improve governance, services, economic growth and livelihood opportunities.

The UK is helping to strengthen governance, service delivery, livelihood opportunities and economic growth. We are committed to supporting Afghanistan in the long term and expect to maintain current levels of bilateral funding through DFID (£178m) until at least 2017.

DFID funds many organisations who are working to end poverty through open competition. Find out more about how our funding schemes work and the application processes.

For detailed information on our programme and what the UK spends on development in Afghanistan, see the DFID Afghanistan operational plan 2014. See also our Development Tracker to explore international development projects funded by the UK government by country and sector.

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Services for British nationals

Urgent assistance

If you’re in Afghanistan and you urgently need help (eg if you’ve been attacked, arrested or there has been a death), call +93 (0) 700 102 000. If you’re in the UK and concerned about a British national in Afghanistan, call 020 7008 1500.

Get or renew a passport

The British embassy can’t help with passport enquiries. Contact Her Majesty’s Passport Office if you need help.

If you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel, you may be able to get an emergency travel document.

Get an emergency travel document

You can apply for an emergency travel document (ETD) if you’re abroad and your passport has been lost or stolen, damaged or expired, and you can’t get a new or replacement passport in time to travel.

If you’re due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible. Call us before making an appointment if you’ve never applied for a British passport before or if you’re applying for a child under the age of 16.

Book an appointment for an emergency travel document in British Embassy Kabul

Travel advice: for information and advice on travelling to Afghanistan, see travel advice for Afghanistan.

Get a visa

The British embassy can’t help with visa enquiries.

If you’re not a British national, you may need a visa to travel to the UK. Check if you need a UK visa.

If you’re a British national travelling abroad and need to apply for a visa to visit a particular country or check if you need a visa, see the entry requirements on our foreign travel advice for the country you want to visit.

For more information on visas, see UK visas and immigration.

Register a birth or death

Find out how to register a birth or register a death that occurred in Afghanistan. You can’t register a birth or death at the embassy or our consulates.

Bereavement support

If the death occurred in Afghanistan and you’re still in the country, contact us. If you’re in the UK and hear of the death of a relative from a third party, you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.

Read our guidance on coping with death abroad

Support if you’ve been arrested

We’ll do all we can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you’ve been detained or arrested, and will give you a prisoner pack with information for British prisoners in Afghanistan. We cannot get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings.

Local service providers

Use our lists of local suppliers and services if you need help in Afghanistan. Please note that inclusion in these lists does not constitute official endorsement by the British embassy or the UK government.

Free Informative notes

The British Embassy Kabul provides a number of free informative notes that can be downloaded and used in place of some certificates which may otherwise be charged for:

Confirmation of British Nationality (PDF, 148KB)

Holder of a British Passport (PDF, 132KB)

Visa Recommendations (PDF, 117KB)

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • provide information about transferring funds
  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
  • help people with mental illness
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, missing peopleand kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters or other crises abroad

For more information on the services we can provide, see Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.

General information on living in Afghanistan.

What the embassy cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • help you enter a country, for example, if you don’t have a visa or your passport is not valid
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers.
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you’ll have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Consular fees

We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Afghanistan

Our people

Dominic Jermey CVO, OBE

Dominic Jermey CVO, OBE

British Ambassador to Afghanistan

Contact us

British Embassy Kabul

15th Street, Roundabout Wazir Akbar Khan
PO Box 334

Kabul
Afghanistan

8.30 am to 4.30 pm ( Sunday to Thursday)
Passport applications are only accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays (8.30 am to 11.30 am)
Consular Email: Cons.Kabul@fco.gov.uk

Corporate information