AFGHANISTAN

VISA REQUIRED

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DESTINATION: AFGHANISTAN
PURPOSE OF TRIP: MEDIA

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IMPORTANT / IN-PERSON APPLICATION

PLEASE READ THE RED FLAGS SECTION BELOW CAREFULLY

  • VISA VALIDITY

3 months, single entry 6 months, multiple entry / 1 year, multiple entry. All visa issuance is subject to consular discretion. 

  • APPOINTMENT REQUIREMENT (IN-PERSON)

Please note that the Embassy of Afghanistan only accepts visa applications via an appointment system. YOU MUST ATTEND THE APPOINTMENT IN-PERSON YOURSELF TO FILE THE APPLICATION.

To make an appointment, please book online (www.timecenter.com/afghanistanembassylondon/) or call on 0207 225 4742. You may re-schedule / cancel the appointment using the same methods.

  • CONSULAR FEES PAYMENT

You must also make payment of the consular fees yourself (see processing times section below for full pricing structure)

Payment may only be made at the Embassy of Afghanistan via Credit Card, Debit Cards, or Postal Order. Cash or cheques are not accepted.

  • RETURN DELIVERY

The Embassy of Afghanistan does seem to offer a return mail service for your endorsed passport and supporting documentation. Should you wish to explore this option, we would advise to take extra return postal payment or a prepaid return envelope, to your appointment. 

However given the sensitive nature of the documents, we would advise where possible, that an in-person collection is made.

  • EMBASSY INFORMATION

Visa Section
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in London
31 Princes Gate Exhibition Road
London
SW7 1QQ
United Kingdom

Telephone: 0207 225 4742
Email: visa@afghanistanembassy.org.uk
Website: www.afghanistanembassy.org.uk/english/consulate/visa-section/
Opening times (Monday – Friday): Application Submission 09:30 – 13:30 (VIA APPOINTMENT ONLY) / Document Collection From 14:00 – 15:30 

NEXT STEPS

(REVIEW PROCESS) / RECEIPT OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS:

Global Visaz can assist with arranging the appointment, reviewing your documents and provide guidance on what to expect, before the scheduled date / time. This will ensure upon presentation of your documents to the visa officer at the Embassy of Afghanistan in London, there are no errors (which can lead to additional complications / further requests and ultimately, delays in processing). UNFORTUNATELY, GIVEN THE APPLICANT IS REQUESTED TO ATTEND IN-PERSON, SUCH APPLICATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO HIGHER SCRUTINY THEREFORE WE HIGHLY ADVISE TO USE THE GLOBAL VISAZ REVIEW ONLY SERVICE.

AFGHANISTAN MEDIA VISA REQUIREMENTS

Original passport. This must:

  • be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the intended exit date
  • have at least one blank visa page

Two original recent 45mm x 35mm colour photographs. These must:

  • be taken within the last month
  • be taken against a plain light background and printed on photographic paper
  • show full frontal face, have a neutral expression and your mouth closed
  • have eyes open and free from reflection or glare from glasses
  • not have hair in front of face or have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)

DO NOT ATTACH THE PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE APPLICATION FORM

Signed and fully completed original application form. Please see attached: Afghanistan Visa Application form

Signed and completed original letter of support from your media organisation confirming the purpose and duration of the trip.

Please see attached a template you may use however do amend it as required / provide as much detail as possible: Afghanistan – Business support letter (MEDIA).

RED FLAGS

After the media visa is issued, all journalists MUST attend the Office of the Spokesman & Director General of Communications of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan to obtain a journalist card. Without this card, journalists will not be allowed to carry out their duties.

Please find below some useful information related to this on the official Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence websites:

www.mfa.gov.af/foreign-media-and-journalist-registration.html
www.mod.gov.af/en/page/media-embed-request-form

Journalists / Individuals wishing to work for Afghan media organisations must apply for an employment visa.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases.

Furthermore, the below quoted Global visaz service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.

4 business days service:

3 months, single entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£70.00 excl. VAT
£200.00 incl. VAT

6 months, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£70.00 excl. VAT
£600.00 incl. VAT

1 year, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£70.00 excl. VAT
£950.00 incl. VAT

10 business days service:

3 months, single entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£70.00 excl. VAT
£140.00 incl. VAT

6 months, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£70.00 excl. VAT
£420.00 incl. VAT

1 year, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees
Consular fees

£70.00 excl. VAT
£800.00 incl. VAT

MINARET OF JAM

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MINARET OF JAM

The Minaret of Jam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan. It is located in a remote and nearly inaccessible region of the Shahrak District, Ghor Province, next to the Hari River. The 65-metre or 62-metre high minaret was built around 1190 entirely of baked bricks and is famous for its intricate brick, stucco and glazed tile decoration, which consists of alternating bands of kufic and naskhi calligraphy, geometric patterns, and verses from the Qur'an. Since 2002, the minaret has remained on the list of World Heritage in Danger, under serious threat of erosion, and has not been actively being preserved. In 2014, the BBC reported that the tower was in imminent danger of collapse. The circular minaret rests on an octagonal base; it had 2 wooden balconies and was topped by a lantern. Its formal presentation has a striking similarity to the minaret built by Masud III in Ghazni. It is thought to have been a direct inspiration for the Qutub Minar in Delhi, India. The Minaret of Jam belongs to a group of around 60 minarets and towers built between the 11th and the 13th centuries in Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan, including the Kutlug Timur Minaret in Old Urgench (long considered the tallest of these still in existence). The minarets are thought to have been built as symbols of Islam's victory, while other towers were simply landmarks or watchtowers. The archaeological landscape around Jam includes the ruins of a 'palace', fortifications, a pottery kiln and a Jewish cemetery, and has been suggested to be the remains of the lost city of Turquoise Mountain. The archaeological site of Jam was successfully nominated as Afghanistan's first World Heritage site in 2002. It was also inscribed in UNESCO's list of World Heritage in Danger, due to the precarious state of preservation of the minaret, and results of looting at the site.

PROCESSING TIMES / FEES

All consular fees are non-refundable once the application has been submitted. Please click here to see our pricing structure for cancelled cases.

Furthermore, the below quoted Global visaz service fees are for REVIEW ONLY.

4 business days service:

3 months, single entry

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£200.00 incl. VAT

6 months, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£600.00 incl. VAT

1 year, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£950.00 incl. VAT

10 business days service:

3 months, single entry

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£140.00 incl. VAT

6 months, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£420.00 incl. VAT

1 year, multiple entry

Global visaz service fees:
£70.00 excl. VAT

Consular fees:
£800.00 incl. VAT

MINARET OF JAM

HOVER / CLICK HERE

MINARET OF JAM

The Minaret of Jam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan. It is located in a remote and nearly inaccessible region of the Shahrak District, Ghor Province, next to the Hari River. The 65-metre or 62-metre high minaret was built around 1190 entirely of baked bricks and is famous for its intricate brick, stucco and glazed tile decoration, which consists of alternating bands of kufic and naskhi calligraphy, geometric patterns, and verses from the Qur'an. Since 2002, the minaret has remained on the list of World Heritage in Danger, under serious threat of erosion, and has not been actively being preserved. In 2014, the BBC reported that the tower was in imminent danger of collapse. The circular minaret rests on an octagonal base; it had 2 wooden balconies and was topped by a lantern. Its formal presentation has a striking similarity to the minaret built by Masud III in Ghazni. It is thought to have been a direct inspiration for the Qutub Minar in Delhi, India. The Minaret of Jam belongs to a group of around 60 minarets and towers built between the 11th and the 13th centuries in Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan, including the Kutlug Timur Minaret in Old Urgench (long considered the tallest of these still in existence). The minarets are thought to have been built as symbols of Islam's victory, while other towers were simply landmarks or watchtowers. The archaeological landscape around Jam includes the ruins of a 'palace', fortifications, a pottery kiln and a Jewish cemetery, and has been suggested to be the remains of the lost city of Turquoise Mountain. The archaeological site of Jam was successfully nominated as Afghanistan's first World Heritage site in 2002. It was also inscribed in UNESCO's list of World Heritage in Danger, due to the precarious state of preservation of the minaret, and results of looting at the site.