British Ambassador to Afghanistan
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
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.
Services for British nationals
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.
Get an emergency travel document
If you are due to travel in the next 24 hours, contact us as soon as possible.
Apply online for an emergency travel document if you are not due to travel in the next 24 hours and you:
- are over 16 years old and
- are a British citizen and
- have previously owned a British passport
- over 16 years old but have not owned a British passport before or
- not a British citizen or
- applying for a child under 16 years old
Once you have contacted us, you will be advised to book an appointment for an emergency travel document at 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
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:
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
We charge fees for some of our services. See the full list of consular fees in Afghanistan
Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Kabul
British Embassy Kabul
15th Street, Roundabout Wazir Akbar Khan
PO Box 334
General telephone +93 (0) 700 102 000
Management fax +93 (0) 700 102 250
Political section fax +93 (0) 700 102 274
8.30 am to 4.30 pm (Sunday to Thursday)
Consular counter is open from 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Consular Email: Cons.Kabul@fco.gov.uk