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Should I make the journey by land to a neighbouring country?

23.12.2021 - FAQ

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Whether it is worth risking the journey by land to the border is something you must decide for yourself depending on your individual circumstances. The German Government is, in particular, endeavouring to make arrangements with Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries in order to guarantee safe entry and onward travel. We will provide information on such arrangements in the travel and security advice section for the respective countries. Please note that it is currently difficult or impossible to leave Afghanistan for a neighbouring country, and that the situation is in flux. Restrictions are also in place in particular for cases in which non-German family members want to cross the border together with German nationals.

German nationals who travel to neighbouring countries by land can, once they have arrived, be provided with consular assistance by our Embassies. Consular assistance to help with travel arrangements within Afghanistan cannot be provided. If the Federal Foreign Office finds a way of providing organised departures, we will contact German nationals with the relevant information.

Local employees who intend to leave for a neighbouring country should inform their former employers of this fact. The German Government is, in particular, endeavouring to make arrangements with Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries in order to guarantee safe entry and onward travel and, if necessary, travel to a German Embassy to apply for the necessary documents. Please note that it is currently difficult or impossible to leave Afghanistan for a neighbouring country, and that the situation is in flux. Please also be aware of the entry regulations for the specific country; currently it is only possible to enter the neighbouring countries with a passport and visa.

In general, whether it is worth risking the journey by land to the border is something applicants must decide for themselves depending on their individual circumstances.

Afghans active in civil society, the media, culture or academia, for example, who have received approval for admission to Germany from the German Government will be contacted by an external service provider on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office and informed (from the email address with the domain @vaoffice.org) about their approval for admission and the next steps. The German missions in the neighbouring countries can issue the documents that are required to enter Germany quickly and simply, subject to a security check. Persons who intend to leave for a neighbouring country should inform the service provider of this fact.

The German Government is, in particular, endeavouring to make arrangements with Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries in order to guarantee safe entry and onward travel to a German mission there to apply for visas. Please note that it is currently difficult or impossible to leave Afghanistan for a neighbouring country, and that the situation is in flux. Please also be aware of the entry regulations for the specific country; currently it is only possible to enter the neighbouring countries with a passport and visa. In general, whether it is worth risking the journey by land to the border is something applicants must decide for themselves depending on their individual circumstances.

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