Afghans make up one of the largest refugee populations worldwide. There are 2.6 million registered Afghan refugees in the world, of whom 2.2 million are registered in Iran and Pakistan alone. Another 3.5 million people are internally displaced, having fled their homes searching for refuge within the country. In light of the rapidly deteriorating security situation in 2021, the number of people fleeing will likely continue to rise.  

Afghanistan has suffered more than 40 years of conflict, natural disasters, chronic poverty and food insecurity. Facing an ongoing humanitarian crisis, the resilience of refugees, internally displaced people and host communities is slowly reaching its limit.

UNHCR’s work in Afghanistan focuses on protecting the most vulnerable and assisting newly displaced Afghans with life-saving shelter, food, water and core relief items, both within Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. Together with our partners, we are committed to staying on the ground and delivering our emergency response as long as we can access those in need.

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For information about our work in Afghanistan:

  • Information for individuals seeking support inside Afghanistan – help.unhcr.org
  • For refugee-related data and operational updates about Afghanistan, visit the Operational Data Portal.
  • For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.
  • For up-to-date information about our programmes and operations in Afghanistan, including funding level and donor contributions, visit Global Focus, UNHCR's reporting portal.

Contact Information

The UNHCR Representative in Afghanistan

Street Address:
ICON Compound, Supreme Road,Pule-e-Charkhi,Dispatury Police District 9, Kabul, Afghanistan

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3232, ***POUCH STILL VIA LO-OFFICE FOR UNHCR, REPRESENTATION AFGHANISTAN IN ISLAMABAD***, Kabul, Afghanistan

Telephone:
41 22 739 7500

Facsimile:
41 22 739 7501

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 4.3

Working Hours:
Monday: 7:45 - 16:15
Tuesday: 7:45 - 16:15
Wednesday: 7:45 - 16:15
Thursday: 7:45 - 16:15
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday: 7:45 - 16:15

Public Holidays:
03 January 2021, New Year's Day (observed)
21 March 2021, Nawroz (observed)
13 May 2021, Eid-ul-Fitr
16 May 2021, Eid-ul-Fitr (observed)
20 July 2021, Eid-ul-Adha
21 July 2021, Eid-ul-Adha
19 August 2021, Independence Day
22 August 2021, Tenth of Moharam (observed)
19 October 2021, Prophet's Birthday
26 December 2021, Christmas Day (Observed)

The UNHCR Head of Sub-Office at Mazar-I-Sharif

Street Address:
Kart-e Shafakhana, Behind Mandawi, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

Mailing Address:
p.o. Box 1263, House 24, Street 89, G-6/3,, Pakistan, Islamabad, Afghanistan

Telephone:
41 22 739 7504

Facsimile:
41 22 739 7505

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 4.3

Working Hours:
Monday: 7:45 - 16:15
Tuesday: 7:45 - 16:15
Wednesday: 7:45 - 16:15
Thursday: 7:45 - 16:15
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday: 7:45 - 16:15

Public Holidays:
03 January 2021, New Year's Day (observed)
21 March 2021, Nawroz (observed)
13 May 2021, Eid-ul-Fitr
16 May 2021, Eid-ul-Fitr (observed)
20 July 2021, Eid-ul-Adha
21 July 2021, Eid-ul-Adha
19 August 2021, Independence Day
22 August 2021, Tenth of Moharam (observed)
19 October 2021, Prophet's Birthday
26 December 2021, Christmas Day (Observed)

The UNHCR Sub-Office in Herat

Street Address:
Park Round About, End of Majidi Street,, Herat, Afghanistan

Mailing Address:

Telephone:
41 22 739 7506

Facsimile:
90 93 042 080

Email:
[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 4.3

Working Hours:
Monday: 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday: 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday: 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday: 08:00 - 16:30
Friday:
Saturday:
Sunday: 08:00 - 16:30

Public Holidays:
03 January 2021, New Year's Day (observed)
21 March 2021, Nawroz (observed)
13 May 2021, Eid-ul-Fitr
16 May 2021, Eid-ul-Fitr (observed)
20 July 2021, Eid-ul-Adha
21 July 2021, Eid-ul-Adha
19 August 2021, Independence Day
22 August 2021, Tenth of Moharam (observed)
19 October 2021, Prophet's Birthday
26 December 2021, Christmas Day (Observed)