Help for refugees and asylum seekers

On this page you will find information for asylum seekers and refugees living in Afghanistan. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please contact us.

How can I apply for Asylum?  

If you are a foreigner seeking to apply for asylum and register with UNHCR, please email us at [email protected] with your contact information. You will be contacted at a later time with more information and guidance. If you are unable to make phone calls, you may visit us during our designated reception times.

Reception times

If you are a refugee or asylum seeker and would like to meet with our staff to discuss your concerns or get information, UNHCR can be reached at the ICON Compound in Kabul. To access the reception area, please follow the instructions at the gate.

Reception hours are Monday and Wednesday from 8:30am to 12:30pm. Please note that we are unable to accommodate walk-ins or appointments outside of these specified times. Thank you for your understanding.

Can UNHCR help me get medical care?

If you or someone in your family needs medical care, you should approach a public hospital or clinic, where treatment is provided free of charge for refugees and asylum seekers. Information about free healthcare services can be found below.

If you are unable to get treatment at a public hospital, on a case-by-case basis UNHCR may be able to help you with the cost of medical care elsewhere. To find out if you are eligible for assistance, you should follow these steps:

  1. You must first seek treatment at a public hospital or clinic. Remember to take your UNHCR refugee or asylum seeker certificate.

You should only approach UNHCR if the treatment you need is not available at a public hospital free of charge.

  • Visit the UNHCR office in Kabul and ask to speak to one of our staff or call the Refugee Hotline.
  • If you are eligible for help with medical costs, you will be asked to request quotations from three private hospitals. You should not go ahead with treatment without confirmation from UNHCR, unless it is an emergency.
  • UNHCR will review the quotations and confirm whether we can help with the cost of treatment.
  • After your treatment, UNHCR will pay the costs directly to the healthcare provider. If you have paid for the treatment yourself, you must show us a receipt or invoice and we will reimburse you.

Hospitals providing free medical care for refugees and asylum seekers:

Infectious diseases

Antani Hospital 

Address: Salan Watt, District 2, Kabul 

Tel: +93 (0) 20 2201 372 

Medical care for children

Ataturk Children’s Hospital

Address: Behind Kabul Medical University

Tel: 020 250 0312

Email: [email protected]


Maternity care and women’s health

Malalai Maternity Hospital

Address: Malalai Watt, Shahre Naw, Kabul

Tel: +93 (0)20 2201 377


Rabia-i-Balki Maternity Hospital

Address: Frosh Gah, District 2, Kabul

Tel: +93 (0)20 2100439 / 0202104508


Eye care

Noor Eye Hospital

Address: Cinema Pamir, Kabul

Tel: +93 (0)20 2100 446 / 0778106681

Email: [email protected]

Cardiac care and internal medicine

Jamoriat Hospital

Address: Kabul, in front of Kabul Police Headquarters, near the Ministry of Interior and Chicken Street

Tel: +93 (0) 20 220 1373/ 1375


Isteqlal Hospital

Address: District 6, Se Rahi Allahuddin

Tel: +93 (0) 20 2500674


Ibnisena Hospital

Address: Pull Artal, District 1, Kabul

Tel: +93 (0)20 2100359 / 0202500341


Kabul Centre Poly Clinic

Address: District 1, Cinema Pamir, Kabul

Tel: +93 (0)20 2100445


Tuberculosis Hospital

Address: Sana Turiam, Dar-ul-Aman, PD-6, Kabul

Tel: +93 (0)75 201 4842

Mental health and counselling

International Psychological Organization IPSO                   

Dr. Fareshta Queedes, Ali Fathee and Inge Missmah

Location: Kabul

Phone: 0707202489, 0780124144

Email: [email protected],

[email protected]


Medica Afghanistan

Humaira Rasuli

Location: Kabul

Phone: 0782051405, 22122035

Email: [email protected]


Medical Refresher Courses for Afghans  

Dr. Zia

Location: Kabul

Phone: 0777218164

Email: [email protected]


SOLACE for the Children

Dr. Naweed Hamkar

Location: Kabul

Phone: 078527276

Email: [email protected]


Sharaf-u-din Azami

Location: Kabul

Phone: 0747111213

Email: [email protected]


HealthNet TPO

Location: Kabul and Khost

Phone: 078124144

Email: [email protected]


American Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Norman Gustavson

Location: Kabul

Email: [email protected]


Tabish Organization

Dr. Wais Aria

Location: Kabul

Phone: (021) 5482431

Email: [email protected], [email protected]