The British Embassy in Kabul only offers a limited passport service. Applications and fees are collected in Kabul and the application is forwarded to Islamabad for processing. Please contact the British Embassy on +93 (0) 700 102 000 for further information on applying for a first child passport
Please note the following changes that will affect your passport application. With effect from 18 August 2011, the British High Commission in Islamabad will process your passport. The passport will be printed in the United Kingdom.
These changes will ensure that you receive the new style passports which were introduced in the UK in October 2010. The new passports have more sophisticated security features, required to meet international quality and security standards. It is not affordable to print these new passports overseas. New designs and processes reduce the likelihood of identity theft and passport fraud, protecting British nationals and our borders.
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for further details on these important changes.
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Applications must be made in person to the British Embassy in Kabul
15th Street, Roundabout Wazir Akbar Khan
PO Box 334
Passport fees are:
Courier fee – Each customer will be required to pay a courier fee to cover the cost of sending the application to Hong Kong, the return of supporting documents from Islamabad and for the delivery of the new passport from the UK:
You should pay in cash in US dollars.
For straightforward renewals, we aim to process the new passport within four weeks from the date the fee is taken and the application contains all of the information we need. Failure to provide all of the required documentation will result in your application being delayed or returned.
If it is a first time application (this includes children who have not had a British passport before, customers who are changing their name other than by marriage or replacing old blue books) you should allow at least 12 weeks for processing. If you are replacing a lost or stolen passport, you should allow at least six weeks.
We would remind customers that travel should not be booked until a passport has been issued and received by you. We cannot accept responsibility for any costs incurred if travel is booked and subsequently cancelled before you have received your passport.
Your passport will be returned to the British Embassy in Kabul. You will receive a telephone call from the Embassy when your passport is ready for collection.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: In order to combat attempted passport fraud in Afghanistan we require some additional documentation. We also make additional checks. The documentation required depends on the type of application being made. You need to ensure that your application includes the necessary documents - otherwise it will not be accepted. The following checklists outline the documentation required by application type:
PASSPORT FRAUD: There is currently a high level of attempted passport fraud across South Asia. To tackle this, our specialist fraud prevention teams carry out additional checks and verifications on passport applications.
This means that once we have looked at your application we may:
We apologise for any inconvenience, but these measures are necessary to prevent fraud and a range of other offences.
Please be aware that in any cases where we suspect passport fraud, we will:
NATIONALITY ENQUIRIES: Please note that we are unable to provide advice on enquiries related to nationality. Please see the section on Am I eligible for a UK passport for further information.
All legal documents in a foreign language, submitted with a passport application (such as birth/death/marriage certificates, divorce papers, change of name documents, affidavits, etc) should be translated into English by a professional translator. The translation must be on their company letterhead or have their official stamp/seal/signature, and must give their contact details. NB You cannot get a friend or relative to do this for you.
If you need detailed information about what type of passport you need, what documents you need to supply for different types of application please go to What passport do I need? page.
If you need to travel urgently and your normal passport is not available you should contact the British Embassy in Kabul.
Please note that in order to provide your passport at the cheapest possible cost we can provide only a very limited enquiry service. If you have not had a decision on your application within the time frame specified above you can contact the Embassy on +93 (0) 700 102 000. Please be aware that you will be charged for this call.
The Careline Passport Information Line handles all public passport enquiries for applications processed through Afghanistan. If you cannot find the information you need on this website, you could contact the Careline Passport Information Line at +44 208 082 4744 (Credit Card Line - calls will be charged at £0.72 per minute plus VAT) 19:00 Sunday UK time - 01:30 Saturday UK time (24 hour service). Please be aware that you will be charged for this call.
For customers with hearing difficulties, a Text phone service is available by contacting +44 1750 725368.
Please do not contact us before the expected delivery time as detailed above. We will not be able to give further information and you will be charged for this call.