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Public Access to U.S. Embassy Kabul

Visa applicants must enter the compound at the South Gate of the Embassy, next to ISAF headquarters and the RTA building. Visa applicants will not be allowed on the compound if they try to enter from Massoud Circle.

On the date of their interview, applicants must bring the following items:

  1. A printed visa appointment confirmation sheet. Applicants without this sheet will not be allowed onto the compound.
  2. A printed DS-160 confirmation sheet for non-immigrant visa applicants or the DS-260 confirmation sheet for immigrant visa applicants (this should contain a bar code)
  3. A valid passport.
  4. Two 2 x 2 passport-sized photos for each applicant.
  5. Cash in US dollars ($USD) to pay for any associated visa visas.
  6. Other visa specific forms (if necessary) such as I-20, DS-2019, etc.

All applicants will be screened before coming onto the compound. In order to speed this process please be aware of the following restrictions:

  • Weapons are not allowed.
  • Personal electronic devices are not allowed
  • In order to reduce waiting time and to speed the interview process we strongly recommend that you leave ALL personal electronic devices (cell phones, Ipads, remote starting devices for automobiles, etc.) at home or in your vehicle on the day of your appointment. All electronic devices will be retained by Embassy security personnel and returned to their owners after the interview process.  Bringing personal electronic devices to the embassy on the day of your interview will result in delays.   

Once screening is complete, applicants will be directed to the Consular Lobby for their interview.

Interview Steps

Once in the Consular lobby, follow the following steps:

  1. Proceed to the cashier and pay the required visa application fee.
  2. Get your fingerprints taken.
  3. Have a seat in the waiting area and wait until an officer calls you to the window for your interview. Interviews will be conducted in English, Dari, or Pashto, as needed.

The U.S. Embassy is located at Great Massoud Road between Radio Afghanistan/Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. Visitors to the Consular Section must enter the Embassy through the south entrance which is located next to the Ministry of Transportation/Radio Afghanistan. You will then be directed to the Consular Section.  Prior to entering the Embassy, you will be screened in accordance with Embassy security regulations.  Please take note of the information below  in order to more efficiently process through the security screening.


It is not possible to bring the following items into the Embassy.  Please leave them at home or in your car:

  • Weapons or hazardous materials of any kind;
  • Mobile phones or pagers of any type;
  • Electronic devices such as car door openers, iPods or PDA’s;
  • All beverages, including bottled water (please see below for infants);
  • Shampoo, lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, perfume or similar toiletries; and
  • Suitcases or large handbags.

The following items can be allowed under certain circumstances:

  • Baby formula, food, milk or juice, as well as sanitary items essential for an infant; and
  • Medication and medical items prescribed to the applicant and essential for the visit.  

Fraud Prevention

  • The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy would like to remind all Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants that the only official source of information and policy regarding the SIV program is the U.S. Embassy itself.  We do not comment or post information on social media sites that are not clearly identifiable as belonging to the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. 

    As a reminder, the U.S. Embassy does not charge for applying to the SIV program and encourages anyone who is charged to file an application to contact the Fraud Prevention Unit at