The British Embassy in Kabul has suspended in-country operations: all UK diplomatic and consular staff have been temporarily withdrawn from Afghanistan. The UK government does not provide consular support within Afghanistan.

We are continuing to support British nationals and people eligible under the Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (ARAP) and the Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS).

We are also working closely with the international community to support the Afghan people moving forwards.

Urgent assistance

British nationals in Afghanistan

If you are a British national and you are still in Afghanistan and you need to speak to a consular officer, call the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) on +44 20 7008 5000.

You should also read the Travel Advice for Afghanistan, and sign up for email alerts to see the latest updates.

You can access full consular services at our embassies and consulates in neighbouring countries. However, all travel throughout Afghanistan is extremely dangerous, and border crossings may not be open.

Vulnerable non-British nationals needing assistance

If you are a vulnerable non-British national in Afghanistan needing assistance, view our Afghanistan support page. This includes details on the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) for former locally employed UK government staff in Afghanistan, and other vulnerable Afghans.

If you are a non-British national in Afghanistan or are the family member of a non-British national in Afghanistan, and you need assistance, call +44 300 790 6268 (or 0300 790 6268 in the UK).

Other services for British nationals

We have suspended all operations at the British Embassy in Kabul. Our consular assistance can only be provided remotely and is extremely limited.

If you need assistance, call +44 20 7008 5000 and select the option ‘Help for British people abroad’. You can also contact us online.

British passports

If you are in Afghanistan and you would like information about applying for a British passport, or would like to check on your passport application, visit or call the passport advice line on +44 (0) 300 222 0000.

UK visas

If you would like information about applying for UK visas for yourself or your relatives, visit or call UK Visas and Immigration on +44 (0) 300 790 6268.

The FCDO cannot influence or support passport or visa applications.

Other support for Afghan citizens

The Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) will also welcome up to 20,000 at-risk Afghans to the UK in the coming years.

Afghan citizens cannot apply directly to this scheme. The UK government will grant eligibility to them through 1 of 3 referral pathways. For further information read the ACRS guidance.

Development work in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is facing a serious humanitarian crisis. According to the United Nations, over 18 million Afghans, almost half of the population, are at ‘crisis’ or ‘emergency’ levels of severe acute malnutrition.

The UK is working to provide Afghans with life-saving aid, and we remain fully committed to supporting Afghanistan and its people. We have announced a doubling of our humanitarian aid and development assistance to Afghanistan, to £286 million for the 2021 to 2022 financial year. Of this the UK government has announced various allocations, including:

Our funding is primarily channelled through international organisations, and no funding will go directly to the Taliban.

For more information, view the UK-Afghanistan Development Partnership Summary. For up-to-date information on the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programme work in Afghanistan, view the Development Tracker.

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British Embassy Kabul has temporarily suspended in-country operations.

British EmbassyWest Bay
PO Box 3 Doha Dafna Area, Onaiza Zone 66, Al Shabab Street

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General telephone
+44 20 7008 5000

Home Office helpline for vulnerable non-British nationals in Afghanistan: +44 2475 389 980 (or 02475 389 980 in the UK).

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