Information on Afghanistan

Information for Afghans inside Afghanistan

UNHCR is not responsible for or involved in the evacuation of Afghan citizens from Afghanistan.

UNHCR has limited ability to assist Afghan nationals inside Afghanistan and cannot help people who want to leave the country with the costs or logistics of travel.

UNHCR can only register Afghan citizens as refugees or asylum seekers once they are outside of Afghanistan and looking for safety in another country. If you are still in Afghanistan and are a citizen of Afghanistan, UNHCR is not able to register you.   

For more information on this and on hotlines that you may contact is available on our HELP page for Afghanistan.

Information for Afghans outside of Afghanistan

If you have left Afghanistan, you can contact the UNHCR office or the government refugee agency of the country you are in for information on assistance, services, and how to ask for asylum or protection. Some systems to respond to new arrivals are still being established and the processes can be very different depending on which country you are in. For more information, please visit the HELP page for the country you are currently in.

Some countries have recently announced opportunities for Afghan nationals who have worked or been affiliated with those countries to apply for permission to travel to those countries.

These programs are established by those countries and UNHCR does not refer people to the programs or process applications.

More information on the evacuation program of the Dutch government can be found on this page.

A taskforce has been set up by the Dutch government to coordinate the program and identify cases. This taskforce can be reached via +31 247 247 247 or on [email protected]. The team is available 24/7.

You can find information about each country and their available program on our HELP page for Afghanistan.