Visa Application Guidelines

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Canberra issues visas to individuals residing in, and applying from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Due to regulatory constraints, we can only issue single entry visas valid for a one-month stay. Those wishing to stay longer in Afghanistan can apply to the Consular Section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul for an extension of their visa.

Applications for visas can be made by post or in person. Applications will be processed in order of their receipt by the Consular Section. Applications that are incomplete or missing necessary documentation will not be processed. 

Checklist of requirements 

All applicants, whether applying by post or in person, must submit the following items as part of their application package:

  • Visa Application Form – fully completed and duly signed. Visa application forms can be downloaded under the application forms section in the main menu. NOTE: Every application must include a telephone number.
  • The applicant’s passport (passports must have at least six months validity period left). 
  • Two standard passport size photos, affixed to the appropriate box on the application form (photos must be identical, recent, colour on white background, taken directly off the face and show both ears).
  • Documents verifying your current address in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, such as utility bills, municipal papers, etc. 
  • Applicants travelling for employment or business purposes must provide documentation from their present or prospective employer, or other organisation concerned verifying purpose of visit.
  • Visa processing fee 
  • Applicants from Australia must provide a registered, self-addressed return envelope, New Zealand and Fiji applicants must organise DHL/TNT for the collection of their documents. 

*Afghans and persons of Afghan origin who hold foreign passports can apply for a Travel Permit Letter to visit Afghanistan - a Visa is not required.

*Issuance of Visa for Travel Document holders are currently suspended.


*Issuance of Visas are strictly subject to approval by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul.

Download Visa Application Form

VISA PROCESSING FEE:

A non-refundable fee is payable upon submission of the application. All fees must be paid by Money Order payable to “Embassy of Afghanistan”. However, Applicants from Newzealand and Figi can provide Bank Cheque for their visa fees

NOTE: Urgent visa applications require double the regular issuance fees.

 All Visa fees are in in Australian dollars(AUD).

Single Entry Visa (1 Month)  $200.00
Multiple Entry-Business - 1 Year Contact Embassy
Multiple Entry-Business - 6 Months Contact Embassy
Multiple Entry-Business - 3 Months Contact Embassy
Media Visa Contact Embassy
Tourist Visa Contact Embassy
Entry Visa (Letter must be provided by MoFA) AUD$ 160.00
Diplomatic Visa Exempt
Official Visa Exempt

Media personnel/journalists are required to provide an introduction letter stating the purpose, duration and places intended to visit in Afghanistan. (Media journalists must contact Press Office of the Directorate of Media Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Char-rah e Malik Asghar, Shah Mahmood Ghazi Wat, Kabul  Afghanistan.)

To download registration form or obtain more information about the Directorate of Media Relations in Afghanistan, follow this link: http://www.mfa.gov.af/media.asp  

Payment methods

All consular charges are only payable in Australian Dollars (AUD). Payment in any other currency will not be accepted.

Consular fees can be paid by Money Order made payable to "The Embassy of Afghanistan, Canberra". A money order can be obtained at any Australia Post, by paying the required amount alongside any applicable fee. New Zealand and Fiji applicants can provide a Bank Cheque for their application fees.

All payments must cover the total amount that is payable to the Embassy, including the relevant fee, bank charge and any postal cost, if applicable. The payment must be received by the Embassy together with your application form. 

Payments in cash, personal cheques or bank transfers are not accepted under any circumstances.

Applying by post

All postal applications must be sent by registered mail to the following address:

Consular Section
Embassy of Afghanistan, Canberra
PO Box 155
Deakin West ACT 2600

The Embassy will not take any responsibility for loss of documents which are not sent by registered mail. 

Applicants in Australia may enclose a registered, self-addressed return envelope for the return of their documents. Due to incompatibility of cross country postal systems, applicants from New Zealand and Fiji cannot send a return envelope and are therefore, required to organise a courier for the collection of their documents.

Applying in person

Applicants may apply in person by visiting the Consular Section of the Embassy during the section’s official opening hours, which are as follows:

Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon. The Consular Section is closed outside these hours as well as on Saturdays and Sundays. 

After the completed application is received at the Consular Section, the applicants will be asked to return on a specified day and time to pick up their visas endorsed on their passport(s). Those applying in person can request for their passports to be returned to them by post, in which case the applicants will be required to present a registered, self-addressed return envelope or enclose the bank cheque to cover postage cost.

Processing time

After the Embassy has received completed application(s) with all the necessary documents and payments, visa will be issued within ten to fifteen working days. 

Applicants applying by post, must take into consideration that it takes several working days for their registered documents to reach us and for them to receive back from us. Therefore, applicants are requested to avoid making any travel arrangements before obtaining their visas. The Embassy will not accept any responsibility for delay in obtaining your visas or changes in your travel plans.

Return of original documents

All original documents submitted as part of visa application will be returned to the applicant after the due process.

Ready to apply?

If you have read the information given above and are ready to apply, please download a visa application.

Have any questions or need more information?

For further information, or if you want to discuss your application, please contact the Consular Section during its opening hours (Monday to Friday from 10 am to 12 noon).

Telephone: +61 (2) 6282 7377

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Postal Address:

PO Box 155
Deakin West ACT 2600

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Fillin the Visa Application form and sign personally.
  • Enclose two recent passport size photos.
  • Enclose the appropriate Visa Applicable fee (Money Order payable to the Embassy of Afghanistan).
  • Enclose passport with at least six months validity remaining. If you would need your passport for other purposes while your visa application is under process, please send a copy of the main pages. You can send your passport later for evidencing the visa.
  • Enclose a registered self-addressed return envelope (New Zealand residents must include an additional AUD$15 cash for return of their documents -  Seding AUD$15 cash means that we should buy an international register post to retrun back the passport). 
  • If employment is the purpose of your visit, please provide a letter of introduction from the employing agency and /or the recipient organization within Afghanistan.
  • If Employment is the purpose of your visit, please contact you're employer to send a letter of introduction and detailing your purpose of visit to Afghanistan to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in Kabul who will then send us authorisation of issuance of Visa. NOTE: A Visa can not be issued unless MFA sends us an authorisation of issuance.
  • If visiting family or friends, please furnish a letter of introduction from whom you intend to visit in Afghanistan.
  • If tourism is the purpose of your visit, please state in details the nature of your tour and places you intend to travel in Afghanistan.

Media personnel/journalists are required to provide an introduction letter stating the purpose, duration and places intended to visit in Afghanistan. (Media journalists must contact Press Office of the Directorate of Media Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Char-rah e Malik Asghar, Shah Mahmood Ghazi Wat, Kabul  Afghanistan.)

To download registration form or obtain more information about the Directorate of Media Relations in Afghanistan, follow this link: http://www.mfa.gov.af/media.asp  

Please note that the following visa types can be issued by the Embassy of Afghanistan in Australia:

  • Single Entry Visa ( Tourist and Visitor) with three months of validity and 60 days duration of stay.
  • Mutiple Entry Visa (For Business) with Three months of Validity - 90 days duration of stay (Issued in exceptional cases)
  • Multipe Entry Visa (For Business) with One year of validaty - 365 days of duration of stay (Issued in exceptional Cases)
  • One Month Entry (Relevant letter must be provided by Ministry of Foriegn Affairs)
  • Diplomatic and official visa (Note verbal must be provided by thier organisations)

VISA PROCESSING FEE:

A non-refundable fee is payable upon submission of the application. All fees must be paid by Money Order payable to “Embassy of Afghanistan”. However, Applicants from Newzealand and Figi can provide Bank Cheque for their visa fees

NOTE: Urgent visa applications require double fees.

Single Entry Visa (1 Month)  AUD$ 200.00
Multiple Entry Visa Three Months (Can only Stay for multiple 90 Days) Contact Embassy for the fees and the requirements
Multiple Entry Visa - One Year  Contact Embassy for the fees and the requirements
Entry Visa (Relevant letter must be provided by MOFA) AUD$ 160.00
Diplomatic and Official Visa Exempt

 

VISA PROCESSING DURATION:

  • All visas can be processed within Ten Working Days only if the required documents are provided and that the terms and conditions are met.
     
    Urgent visa Applications will be charged double the price.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  

  • If you are applying by mail, please include a prepaid, self-addressed return envelope, large enough for the return of your passport and documents. You may use Certified or Registered Australian mail, or any other traceable mailing service or courier to ensure safety of your passport. 
  • The Australian Post will not accept more than one passport per small envelope (not exceeding 250mg or 5mm in thickness). Therefore, a larger self-addressed envelope (500 grams or 20mm thickness) should be attached for more than one passport.
  • Post all the required documents to:

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

PO Box 155
Deakin West ACT 2600 
Australia

For visa related inquiries contact:

Consular

Phone: (02) 6282 6034 OR (02) 62827377 (Monday to Friday between 9:30am - 1pm Eastern Standard Time)
Fax:     (02) 6282 7322
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