Asia&Pacific

Taliban authorities relaunch Afghan passport issuance

15:31, 18 December 2021
Taliban authorities relaunch Afghan passport issuance Photo: XinHua

The decision comes as many citizens hope to leave the country amid social and economic crises.


The Taliban* announced on Saturday that the new government resumed issuing passports to Afghan citizens who have made a relative request.

“The passport issuance begins tomorrow in three regions, including Kabul. All the technical problems have been solved and biometric devices repaired,” the head of Afghanistan’s passport service Alam Gul Haqqani declared.

He added that those who had earlier filed requests would be the first to get their documents while new applications will be accepted starting on January 10.

The office has been closed since August 15 when the movement captured Kabul and seized power in Afghanistan. It resumed functioning in October but was quickly shut down due to a massive influx of applications which resulted in a biometric equipment breakdown.

Since the Taliban had taken office, Afghanistan was suffering from a tough economic crisis with many reports saying that the Afghan population was forced to sell kids for food.

The UN has recently warned that Afghanistan’s banking system was on the brink of collapse adding that the country was facing one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in the world.

Last week the World Bank unveiled a $280-mln aid package which will be delivered by the end of the year.

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries.