Sections & Offices

The Consular section provides a variety of services, both routine and emergency, for U.S. citizens, Afghans, and other foreign nationals resident in Afghanistan.

Our normal hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:00pm.  We close for lunch between 12:00-1:00 pm. All routine services require an appointment, which can be scheduled through the links on our U.S. Citizen Services and Visas pages.

For emergencies involving a U.S. citizen (e.g. arrest, serious injury, death, etc.), a consular officer is available 24 hours a day and can be reached by phone.

Contact Us

Emergency line for U.S. citizens (not visa-related): [93] (0)700-108-000
Fax: NONE – Please scan and e-mail any necessary documents to us.
Kabul is 9½ hours ahead of EST; 8½ hours ahead of EDT.

E-mail:
For American Citizen Service-related questions: KabulACS@state.gov.

For non-immigrant visa-related question:KabulNIV@state.gov.
For Immigrant visa-related questions: We request that all immigrant visas related inquiries are done through our online inquiry form. We try to respond to inquiries within 72 hours. Depending on the complexity of your question, it may take longer.

We assure you that your message will be answered promptly even if the officer who is the primary point of contact on your issue is away from the office.

Mailing Address:

Consular Section
U.S. Embassy Kabul
APO, AE  09806 (USA)

Local Address in Kabul:

Great Massoud Road
Wazir Akbar Khan (neighborhood)
Kabul
Afghanistan

If you are based in the United States, the Overseas Citizens Services hotline is 1-888-407-4747.  Callers who are unable to use toll-free numbers, such as those calling from overseas, may reach the hotline by calling 1-317-472-2328.

Welcome to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) section at U.S. Embassy Kabul. The DEA is a component of the United States Department of Justice. Our mission is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.  The DEA seeks to bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations involved in the growing, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States.  The DEA also recommends and supports non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on domestic and international markets.

In Afghanistan, DEA provides substantial cooperation and assistance to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in support of its narcotics investigations, operations, and capacity building.  Working together, DEA, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), and the Counter Narcotics Police – Afghanistan (CNP-A), target major narcotics trafficking organizations that support the insurgency, corrupt officials involved in narcotics trafficking, and illicit finance.

In support of CNP-A, DEA mentors and trains the Afghan National Interdiction Unit (NIU) and the Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU). The NIU is a tactical enforcement unit, conducting counter narcotics law enforcement operations in the field. The SIU conducts investigations.

Documents and Web Pages:
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency Home Page:  http://www.dea.gov

Telephone: [93] (0)700-107-111

Fax: None – Please scan and e-mail any necessary documents to us.
Kabul is 9½ hours ahead of EST; 8½ hours ahead of EDT.

Mailing Address:
Drug Enforcement Administration
U.S. Embassy
APO, AE  09806 (USA)

Local Address in Kabul:
Great Massoud Road
Wazir Akbar Khan (neighborhood)
Kabul
Afghanistan

The mission of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Senior Legal Advisor’s Office is to advise and mentor Afghan judges, prosecutors, and police officers at the Counter-Narcotics Task Force; judges and prosecutors at the Anti-Corruption Tribunal and Anti-Corruption Unit; and prosecutors assigned to the Counter-Terrorism Section of the National Security Directorate.

DOJ advisors are all career federal prosecutors with extensive experience in public corruption, narcotics trafficking, and counter-terrorism.  These advisors provide basic legal training through formal seminars and classroom teaching.  Advisors more effectively teach through day-to-day, hands-on guidance as Afghan Government prosecutors prepare and present criminal cases to Afghan courts.

The training and mentoring the DOJ provides builds the capacity of Afghan prosecutors and investigators in the advanced and specialized techniques necessary to successfully investigate and prosecute complex drug trafficking organizations, high-level public corruption, and terrorist financing organizations.

Documents and Web Sites:
Department of Justice Home Page:  http://www.justice.gov/

Welcome to the U.S. Embassy Kabul Economic Section. Our responsibilities include reporting on a full range of economic issues including promoting policies, regulation, and legislation that will put Afghanistan on a path to sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development.

The Economic Section collaborates with the Afghan government and other Embassy offices on bilateral and international economic policy issues including: business climate improvements; taxation and licensing issues; finance and macroeconomic issues; civil aviation; energy and national resource management; trade and commercial issues; agriculture; environment, science, technology, and health issues; and telecommunications.  We also advocate, assist, and provide information for U.S. companies and promote the export of U.S. goods and services to Afghanistan.

Our goals with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan include:

  • Encouragement of economic policies conducive to a healthy business environment;
  • Encouragement of Afghanistan’s status as a crossroads to trade in South and Central Asia;
  • Improvements in Afghanistan’s investment climate, including transparency and predictability in legal and regulatory matters.

Useful Documents

Useful Links

E-mail:  KabulEcon2@state.gov
Using the general mailbox ensures that your message will be answered promptly even if the officer who is the primary point of contact on your issue is away from the office.

Mailing Address:
Counselor for Economic Affairs
Economic Section
U.S. Embassy
APO, AE  09806 (USA)

Local Address in Kabul:
Great Massoud Road
Wazir Akbar Khan (neighborhood)
Kabul
Afghanistan

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) section covers a broad range of issues in the law enforcement sector, spanning justice and corrections, rule of law, counternarcotics, and gender justice. The section has responsibility for almost 20 percent of the U.S. government’s development budget for Afghanistan, and utilizes wide-ranging programs to assist the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  INL supports Afghan incentive programs to curb poppy cultivation along with approximately 75 percent of the country’s drug rehabilitation centers. In the drug demand reduction arena, INL conducts robust counternarcotics public awareness campaigns to reduce drug usage.

In the justice sector, INL focuses on extensive training and mentoring programs for prosecutors, judges and corrections officials, and supports many of Afghanistan’s specially vetted investigative units. In corrections, INL has the lead in assisting the Afghanistan Central Prison Directorate (CPD) with prison reform measures, and has trained over 90 percent of Afghanistan’s prison staff.  INL also funds domestic violence shelters and works with the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

Beyond training, INL provides material and operational support and has assisted with construction projects throughout Afghanistan, in particular prisons, detention centers and justice centers.  INL has helped ensure that prisons are now built in accordance with international standards which consider the welfare and well-being of staff and inmates. INL also supported construction of a justice center in Parwan, which has enabled the U.S. military to transfer detainees into the Afghan justice system.

Documents and Pages:
INL Bureau Home Page:  http://www.state.gov/j/inl/

Afghanistan Drug Use Survey 2015 (PDF 21MB)

Welcome to the U.S. Embassy Kabul Political Affairs section.  Our responsibilities include reporting on the full range of political issues between the United States and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The Political Section interacts with the Afghan government on bilateral and international political issues, elections, parliament, rule of law, promotion of democracy, human rights, freedom of the press, religious freedom, labor, and refugees.  We also engage with civil society groups, political parties, women’s organizations and humanitarian NGOs.  In all of these areas, we work closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The Political Section reports on human rights abuses in Afghanistan and promotes U.S. values concerning the protection of human rights.  Other officers in the section report on issues concerning refugees.

Our goals with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan include the following:

  • Encouragement of government policies conducive to a healthy democracy
  • Encouragement of Afghanistan’s democratic processes, including elections
  • Encouragement of Afghanistan’s legal and judiciary structures and support for due processes under Afghanistan’s and international law
  • Encouragement of civil society groups and independent political parties
  • Improvements in human rights in Afghanistan

Documents and Web Sites

Key Afghan Government Websites

 

Mailing Address:
Counselor for Political Affairs
Political Section
U.S. Embassy
APO, AE  09806 (USA)

Local Address in Kabul:
Great Massoud Road
Wazir Akbar Khan (neighborhood)
Kabul
Afghanistan

U.S. Embassy Kabul’s Public Affairs Section is responsible for engaging the Afghan people; promoting professional, educational, and cultural ties between Afghanistan and the United States; and facilitating understanding about the U.S. Mission in Afghanistan.

Public Affairs coordinates a variety of programs designed to enhance people-to-people ties; empower women and girls; strengthen civil society and the media; preserve Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage; and promote educational and professional opportunities, including through the Fulbright Program and the International Visitor Leadership Program.

The section’s Press Office coordinates the U.S. Mission’s interaction with international and Afghan media. The office also maintains the Embassy’s website, as well as social media platforms in English, Dari, and Pashto:
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/kabulusembassy
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/usembassykabul
YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/usembassykabul1

Press inquiries may be directed to KabulPressOffice@state.gov. Using this email address ensures messages will be answered promptly.

 

Mailing Address:
Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy
APO, AE  09806 (USA)

Local Address in Kabul:
Great Massoud Road
Wazir Akbar Khan (neighborhood)
Kabul
Afghanistan

 

The primary responsibility of the Regional Security Office (RSO) is to create a safe environment in which the U.S. Government can carry out its diplomatic mission. The RSO does this by instituting procedures and countermeasures that decrease the possibility that our personnel and facilities can be targeted by hostile elements. In addition to serving as the Ambassador’s principal liaison with host country law enforcement, the RSO conducts both criminal and personnel investigations, assists other U.S. law enforcement agencies, reports on incidents involving terrorism and crime, and provides security-related guidance and training to Mission personnel, as well as to the American private sector. We also supervise the Department’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance program in Kabul. Finally, the RSO coordinates the protective requirements for visiting officials as appropriate.

The RSO also manages Rewards for Justice (http://www.rewardsforjustice.net/) , a program that has paid more than $100 million to over 70 people worldwide who provided information that prevented international terrorist attacks or helped bring to justice those involved in prior terrorist acts.

Under this program, the Secretary of State may authorize rewards for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of anyone who plans, commits, aids, or attempts international terrorist acts against U.S. persons or property, that prevents such acts from occurring in the first place, that leads to the identification or location of a key terrorist leader, or that disrupts terrorism financing. To report terrorist-related activities in Afghanistan, call the 24/7 Rewards for Justice Tipline at (00 93) (0)700-10-8600.

Documents and Web Sites
Bureau of Diplomatic Security Web site: http://www.state.gov/m/ds/

The Legal Attaché (Legatt) Office is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) presence overseas.  The program works to protect the United States from international crime, terrorism, violent crime, drug trafficking and economic crime. The Legal Attaché Office has senior special agents, all possessing superior anti-crime skills, as well as dedicated and knowledgeable support personnel. In support of the FBI’s mission in Afghanistan, and in alignment with its priorities, we develop, maintain and enhance liaison relationships to support the national security and criminal investigative missions of the FBI. The primary mission of the FBI in the Afghanistan is the collection of actionable threat intelligence with a potential U.S. nexus in order to detect, penetrate and disrupt terrorist operations targeting U.S. citizens, property and interests worldwide.

The Legal Attaché Office in Kabul participates in the capacity building of Afghanistan by coordinating anti-corruption investigative efforts and professionally training Afghan law enforcement authorities. The Legal Attaché Office is responsible for ensuring that all FBI activities support the FBI’s three-pillar Afghanistan Strategy of Counterterrorism and Criminal Investigations, Capacity Building, and Intelligence and Information Sharing.  These pillars are all aimed at supporting the Afghan government’s efforts to resist extremists’ efforts in the region.

Documents and Web Pages:
FBI Home Page: http://www.fbi.gov

The Treasury Attaché office serves as U.S. Embassy Kabul’s primary liaison with the Ministry of Finance and Central Bank.  The Treasury Attaché works on key policy issues that support economic growth, financial sector development, private sector development, strong and sustainable fiscal performance, and capacity building in public financial management. The Treasury Attaché provides analysis of economic, fiscal, and financial developments and works with other agencies to advance key U.S. government objectives. Treasury also works with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and Asian Development Bank to promote U.S. economic policy objectives.

An important priority of the Treasury Attaché office is to detect, disrupt and dismantle illicit finance networks associated with insurgency groups and individuals, narco-trafficking, and corruption. To this end, Treasury works closely with other agencies to strengthen the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s capacity by enhancing its regulatory system, and identifying and supporting targeted action against illicit finance networks.

Documents and Web Pages: 
U.S. Treasury Department Home Page: http://www.ustreas.gov

Welcome to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  U.S. Embassy Kabul boasts the world’s largest civilian assistance program to Afghanistan. USAID assistance plays a major role in rehabilitating the rural economy, developing financial organizations, increasing trade and exports, and repairing the infrastructure for energy, transport, and water services in Afghanistan.

USAID assists in building democratic institutions that can perform in a participatory, accountable and responsible manner. USAID also helps the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in its efforts to build strong judicial, healthcare, and education systems that safeguard the rights of every Afghan citizen.

Documents and Websites
USAID Home Page: http://www.usaid.gov/afghanistan