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Afghan Visa from Dubai Embassy

Hi all,

I’ll be working in Afghanistan this summer, and will be getting my visa from the Afghan Embassy in Dubai, UAE. I was hoping those who have obtained their visas from this embassy could give me an idea of how straight forward the process is, and if there are any bumps in the road, a ball-park as to how much time i’ll need to smooth them out.

Thanks!

by [a former member] at 2009-05-14 14:07:43 UTC Beirut , Lebanon | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Very Jealous. Only Afghan Visa i have is from London – it was fairly easy – took a few days and about £60. But then, that was London.

by Lalage Snow | 14 May 2009 14:05 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Never got it in Dubai. But I did in both Tokyo, NY and Paris. All of them were quite straightforward and easy to deal. Good luck, maybe see you there.

by Joao Pina | 15 May 2009 00:05 | Lisbon, Portugal | | Report spam→
i got mine in dubai back in 2005. was relatively painless, just be vigilant and hang out at the window as people crowd it like crazy. but if your documents are in order, no problem. i think it took me an hour or less…..

by Kenneth Dickerman | 15 May 2009 03:05 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
Hi Bryan, Dubai is still the easiest place to get Afghan visas. They will will issue 1,3 or 6 month visas and the 6 month one is multiple entry and costs US$180. This is the most sensible one to get even if you don’t think you will need all 6 months since you never know wat might come up and it is a very tedious process to extend you visa in Kabul which takes up several days. All the visas are issued same day without exception. It is very efficient but do check the dates and details on the visa before leaving.

Last year they made a typo on one of my visas which I did not notice until I tried to leave Afghanistan 4.5 months later. Afghan immigration refused to let me leave without getting a replacement visa in Kabul, fined me several hundred dollars for overstay and cost me $10,000 in lost income because I was unable to get to my assignments on time. Well worth making sure the words and figures match up. See you in Kabul soon I guess, I am back from the end of May. Cheers, JPH.

by [former member] | 15 May 2009 13:05 | Bogota, Colombia | | Report spam→
thanks guys. hope to see you there jason—enjoy columbia in the meantime!

by [former member] | 16 May 2009 11:05 | Beirut, Lebanon | | Report spam→
Wow, from what Jason is saying Dubai sounds like s steal. I got mine in Pakistan last year and they wouldn’t give more than 2 weeks. Must be a better deal in the UAE. Though several people in Kabul told me they could help me extend it “no problem” with their connections. And in Pak they insisted on 24 hour turn around, not same day. Maybe I’ll get mine in DXB.

by Derek Henry Flood | 17 May 2009 18:05 | Washington, United States | | Report spam→
Got mine in Abu Dhabi back in Jan and was surprisingly a very easy process and got it within a few hours.

by Philip Cheung | 17 May 2009 20:05 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | | Report spam→

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Lalage Snow, Photojournalist and Write Lalage Snow
Photojournalist and Write
London , United Kingdom
Joao Pina, Photojournalist Joao Pina
Photojournalist
Lisbon , Portugal
Kenneth Dickerman, Photographer Kenneth Dickerman
Photographer
Nyc , United States
Derek Henry Flood, Photojournalist/Writer Derek Henry Flood
Photojournalist/Writer
Erbil , Iraq
Philip Cheung, Photographer Philip Cheung
Photographer
Toronto , Canada ( YYZ )


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