Living in Afghanistan

Advice for British people living in Afghanistan, including information on health, employment, entry and residence requirements and more.


This guide sets out essential information for British national residing in Afghanistan, including advice on health, employment, entry and residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what consulates can and cannot do. This information supplements the travel advice for Afghanistan.


Only very limited medical facilities are available in Afghanistan. If you take medication, ensure that you bring supplies with you as most medicines are unlikely to be available locally. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 112 or 020 112 from mobile (in Kabul only) and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

Employment and recognised qualifications

British nationals must get a visa before intending to work in Afghanistan. You can’t get a visa on arrival. For further information contact the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in London.

Entry and residence requirements

Please check our Travel Advice for Afghanistan. for general entry requirements. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Afghanistan.


You should visit the website for UK benefits for more information.


US Dollars are widely accepted in Afghanistan and you should ensure that you carry sufficient amounts for your visit.

Leaving Afghanistan

If you have lost your British passport and have been issued with an Emergency Travel Document, you should ensure that you arrange for an Exit Visa prior to leaving the country. You should contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more information.


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCDO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 26 November 2013