British Ambassador to Afghanistan
The British Embassy in Kabul represents the British government in its relations with the Afghanistan government.
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.
Support for British Nationals Abroad
Our guide Support for British Nationals Abroad sets out the steps that British nationals can take to stay safe abroad, and provides details on what help the Foreign & Commonwealth Office can provide if you do get into difficulty overseas.
Out-of-hours emergency assistance
British nationals who need emergency assistance outside normal office hours should call the British Embassy switchboard number on +93 (0) 700 102 000. They will then be given details on how to proceed and how to contact a duty officer if needed.
Emergency travel documents
If you are travelling urgently and your British passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an emergency travel document ETD. Additional requirements for ETDs for children under 16 are; both parents consent or court custody papers and progressive family photos.
Contact us to book an appointment for an emergency travel document at the British Embassy Kabul.
If your passport has been lost you will need a police report and English translation before an ETD can be issued.
From 7 September 2015 British Nationals will no longer be able to apply for passports in Afghanistan. They will now have to access UK passport services from the Visa Application Centre in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Those who are preparing to move to Afghanistan on a work placement are advised to renew their passports before they leave the UK. Residents in Afghanistan can also renew their passports whilst in the UK.
For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website. Please note that the British Embassy Kabul cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications. Passport customers should contact the Passport Careline on +44(0)280 082 4744 or e-mail
Visit our travel advice for Afghanistan for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.
This British Embassy Kabul does not deal with visa matters. For information on whether you need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom and how to apply, please see the UK Visas & Immigration page.
Births, deaths and marriages
Understanding your legal requirements in Afghanistan and how you can register a birth or death, and information on legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.
Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine, so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.
Notarial and documentary services
List of lawyers and interpreters
A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with official transactions in Afghanistan. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government
Explanation of the prison system in Afghanistan for British nationals.
Living in Afghanistan
We also produce a guide for British nationals who live in Afghanistan who need information about services that are not provided by our Consulates, but that you may find useful in specific circumstances.
How else we can help
In addition to the services listed above we can also:
- issue emergency passports (emergency travel documents)
- 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
- provide details of local lawyers, interpreters, doctors and funeral directors
- do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
- offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
- contact family or friends for you if you want
- make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters
What our consulate cannot do for you
Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, 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
- help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
- 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 will have to pay back)
- make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
- make business arrangements on your behalf
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)
Passport applications are only accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays (8.30 am to 11.30 am)
Consular Email: Cons.Kabul@fco.gov.uk