Visa Service


On May 15th, 2016, the visa section is closed.

As of January 26th, 2016, appointments for Schengen visa (short-term visa up to 90 days, e.g. business visa/visa for family visit) und national visa (long-term visa more than 90 days, e.g. family reunion visa/student visa) have to be booked seperately.

Visa and passport applications can be handed in as long as you have booked an appointment through the website of the Embassy.
Unfortunately, there is no other possibility to book an appointment. The waiting period can not be shortened. Requests for earlier appointments cannot be answered. We kindly ask for your understanding.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the United Nations has decided to phase out all non-machine readable passports as of November 25th, 2015. Handwritten Afghan passports will not be accepted anymore as of November 25th, 2017. Visa applicants holding handwritten passports are advised to submit machine readable passports.

VIS - Visa Information System

Visa Information

Please note that the German Embassy in Kabul can only accept your visa application if the main destination of your journey is the Federal Republic of Germany.

If your destination is another Schengen country, you must apply for your visa at the Embassy of this country.

The processing time for a Schengen visa takes at least ten days, in case of a long-term visa considerably longer.

Visa applications for family reunion take several months to be processed. The required official document check alone takes about 4 months. We therefore kindly ask to refrain from requesting any updates in the early stages of the application. Visa applicants are informed when they may contact the Embassy again to receive the decision.

Please note that your name must be identical in your passport, Tazkira and in the translation of the Tazkira. Surnames used in the new passports (Numbers start with O0) have also be specified in the Taskira and the official translation. If this is not yet the case, please correct the documents accordingly before applying for a visa. 


Sending of Documents

Please do not send any documents (e.g. invitation letter) to the Embassy in advance. All required documents have to be presented by the applicant when he applies in person at the visa section. Documents sent to the visa section in advance via mail/fax or post will not be kept and will not be factored in the visa application. If there was any official correspondence with the Embassy in advance to the visa application, please hand in a copy of it with the rest of the application.



Fees at the visa section/consular section are only payable in USD (cash).

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Forms and Leaflets

These are the Embassy's leaflets concerning the different categories of visas issued at the Embassy in Kabul and the application form in PDF-format.

Please note that application forms for Schengen Visas are also available at the visa section - free of charge. Persons outside the visa section offering their services for the visa procedure neither work for nor work with the consent of the visa section. In case these persons do promise any favour regarding the issuance of a visa, please report to the visa officer at the counter.


Important note:

Visa applicants are kindly requested to verify the entries on their visa sticker immediately after receipt. In particular, the validity period (first date of entry and last day of validity) of the visa should be verified and checked against the duration of your intended stay. Furthermore, you should check that your name is spelt correctly. Any discrepancies should be communicated to the visa section.

Visa requirements


Online Appointment System


Visa appointments at the Embassy can only be made online. Please use your current passport number only. Any attempt to make more than one appointment with different passport numbers will lead to the rejection of your application. Please also ensure that your passport number, your e-mail address, etc. are filled out correctly, otherwise you will lose your appointment.

Address, Contacts & Office Hours

Here you will find address, contacts and office hours of the embassy and how to reach us in case of emergency.

Official Holidays/Closure in 2016

The Embassy and the Visa Section will be closed on the following German and Afghan holidays in 2016:

Visas for entry into Germany

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Here you can find out whether you need a visa for visits to Germany and the Schengen states of up to 90 days. Foreigners wanting to stay longer than 90 days in Germany, who want to work or study in Germany, as a rule automatically need a visa.

Important information for asylum-seekers from Afghanistan/Iran coming to Europe

The NGO HELP e.V. has created this flyer to offer some important information about asylum in Germany. Dari and Pashto versions are available for dowload below this link.


Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we can not accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.