The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Ottawa issues visas to individuals residing in and applying from Canada. Due to regulatory constraints, we can only issue single entry visas valid for a one-month stay, with the exception of Business Visas (can be issued up to a maximum period of 3 years with multiple entries). Those wishing to stay longer in Afghanistan can apply to the Consulate Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul for an extension of their visa.

Applications for visas can be made by post or in person. Applications will be processed in order of their receipt by the Consulate Section. Applications that are incomplete or lacking necessary documentations will not be processed.

The Embassy is currently not issuing visa for international visitors. 

Checklist of requirements

  • All applicants, whether applying by post or in person, must submit the following items as part of their application package:
  • Applicants must request for an appointment. 
  • Visa Application Form – fully completed in written and duly signed. Visa application form can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
  • The applicant’s passports must have at least six months validity and must have blank pages.
  • Applicants traveling for employment or business purposes must provide documentation from their present or prospective employer, or other relevant organizations verifying purpose of visit and an authorization reference number from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.
  • Evidence of Employment in Canada.
  • Two standard passport size photos, affixed to the appropriate box on the application form (photos must be identical, recent, color on white background, taken directly of the face and show both ears). See Full Photo Requirements on the Right Box
  • A copy of the applicant’s Canadian Permanent Residence Card/Identity Card and any other documents verifying the applicants current address in Canada, such as utility bills, municipal papers, etc. 
  • Visa processing fee (refer to visa fees table and payment method below.) The non-refundable visa fee is the last step to be paid in the appropriate bank after the visa application is processed, and the interview is conducted. The proof of the payment should be submitted to the Embassy (in person, or as instructed) to complete the file.

  • Applicants wishing to receive their passports by post, must provide a registered, self-addressed return envelope or $40 USD from the United States.
  • For Tourist Visas additional documents are required (Invitation letter from a sponsor/Travelling company, confirmed flight and accommodation bookings, travel insurance, bank statement with sufficient funds covering the travel and stay in Afghanistan)
  • If visiting family or friends, please write a letter of introduction stating whom you intend to visit in Afghanistan or a reliable official or duly registered entity in Afghanistan; or a letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul to authorize the visit.
  • All foreign nationals can obtain an Afghan visa, except in the following cases:
  • Applicants must request for an appointment. 
  • When the individuals has not completed the previous ban period.
  • Two standard passport size photos, attached to the appropriate box in the application form (photos must be identical, recent, color on white background, taken directly off the face and show both ears).
  • When the applicant is considered to be disruptive of security and civil order, or is suspected of moral misconducts, or disrespecting Islamic values and Afghan culture.
  • In exceptional cases when the authorities of the consular and diplomatic missions of Afghanistan, based on sound reasons, deem unfavorable to issue a visa to a certain individual.
  • When there is a risk of spreading a contagious disease.
  • When the authorities have decided to deny the visa.

Photo Requirements

  • Printed on matte or glossy photo-quality paper
  • Sized such that the head is between 1 inch and 1 3/8 inches (between 25 and 35 mm) from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head
  • Because the photo background is white, avoid white clothing and white scarves
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance
  • Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
  • With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open

visa processing fee

  • Entry Visa ( within 3 weeks)
  • Urgent Visa Single Entry (within 5 days)
  • Single Entry Tourist Visa
  • Single Entry Urgent Tourist Visa
  • Official Visa
  • Diplomatic Visa
  • Urgent service
  • 30 Days (One Month)
  • 30 Days (One Month)
  • 30 Days (One Month)
  • 30 Days (One Month)
  • 90 Days (Three Months)
  • 90 Days 
  • any 
  • 120.USD
  • 220.USD
  • Not applicable 
  • Not applicable 
  • Gratis
  • Gratis
  • 120 USD


  • Media personnel/journalists are required to provide an introduction letter stating the purpose, duration and places intended to visit in Afghanistan. (Media journalists must contact Press Office of the Directorate of Media Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, located at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Char-rah e Malik Asghar, Shah Mahmood Ghazi Street, Kabul Afghanistan.)
    To download registration form or obtain more information about the Directorate of Media Relations in Afghanistan, follow this link:
  • For official visits, please contact your employer to send a letter of introduction with the details of the purpose of your visit to Afghanistan to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in Kabul, who will then send the Embassy an authorization for issuance of the visa.
  • If visiting family or friends please write a letter of introduction stating whom you intend to visit in Afghanistan.
  • If tourism is the purpose of your visit please state in detail the nature of your tour and places you intend to travel in Afghanistan.
  • If employment is the purpose of your visit, an official letter of introduction from your employer, sponsoring organization stating the purpose and duration of your trip is required.
  • Applicants applying for a work visa should be below the age of retirement (65) and must provide their educational documents along with the visa application, invitation or introduction letter from the employer in Afghanistan.
  • Visa process includes a face to face interview. 
  • All original documents submitted as part of visa application will be returned to the applicant after the due process.


If you have read the information given above and are ready to apply, please download a visa form, if you are applying in with family, please book separate online appointments!




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