Afghanistan: Relevant Information

Information on the situation in Afghanistan and the departure of Afghan nationals: 

The authorities of the countries concerned are responsible for the evacuation programmes and selection criteria for Afghan nationals leaving Afghanistan. States have sole responsibility for issuing visas and authorising entry into their own territories.  

Our teams continue to work in Afghanistan, providing humanitarian aid and support to millions of internally displaced people. We will maintain our presence as long as we have access to the population and the security situation allows us to do so. 

UNHCR has called on all states at the international level to keep their borders open and allow the entry of people from Afghanistan in need of international protection. Click on this link to read UNHCR’s call to all states to ensure access to asylum procedures for Afghan nationals and its warning against forced returns to Afghanistan.

UNHCR offices in countries bordering Afghanistan have opened information portals (helplines) to assist Afghan nationals in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries:

·         HELP Portal in Afghanistan

·         HELP Portal in Pakistan

·         HELP Portal in Iran

If you wish to apply for asylum in Spain:

Click here for information on how to access the asylum procedure.

If you are an Afghan refugee or asylum seeker in Spain: 

To present documents to the Office for Asylum and Refuge in Spain (“OAR”) or find out about the status of an application for international protection or statelessness, you must submit a written document to an administrative registry. Click here for more information about the administrative registries. You should use the same method of contact for questions about Afghanistan cases.

Follow the steps below to send a letter through the official register: 

  1. Find an office with an administrative registry service. Click on this link to find the nearest office.  
  2. Send a letter to this office addressed to the General Subdirectorate for International Protection (Subdirección General de Protección Internacional) and provide the documents or ask for information on the status of your file. The office will register your letter and return the original together with the receipt.
  3. If you ask for information about the status of your file, the “OAR” (the Office for Asylum and Refuge, “Oficina de Asilo y Refugio“) will contact you using the data which appears in your file.