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Embassy in Kabul has suspended in-country operations: all UK diplomatic and consular staff have been temporarily withdrawn from Afghanistan.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.
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 1908 516 666 (or 01908 516 666 in the UK).
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 1908 516 666 (or 01908 516 666 in the UK) and select the option ‘Consular services for British nationals’. You can also contact us online.
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 www.gov.uk/hmpo or call the passport advice line on +44 (0) 300 222 0000.
If you would like information about applying for UK visas for yourself or your relatives, visit www.gov.uk/ukvi 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:
- up to £30 million of life-saving aid to Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries to help those who choose to leave Afghanistan, as part of our efforts to support regional stability
- £50 million vital humanitarian aid to help people through the winter as well as £75 million humanitarian aid and £97 million emergency UK aid
- £10 million aid matching of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Afghanistan crisis appeal
Our funding is primarily channelled through international organisations, and no funding will go directly to the Taliban.