According to the German Foreign Office, between 16th August and 26th August Germany evacuated more than 5300 people from Kabul, among them 530 German citizens and 4400 Afghan nationals almost half of which were Afghan women. In addition 360 citizens of other EU member states and other countries were saved.
Due the to the dependency on US troops providing security and operating the airport in Kabul all evacuation flights had to end by 31st August.
Local staff or Afghans who are at risk due to other reasons now have to find other ways to leave the country.
Below we have collected information about the efforts of the German government for local staff and other at risk groups.
Are there still any evacuation flights operated by Germany?
No. The last evacuation flight to Germany via Tashkent left on 26th August.
What other ways do I have to get to Germany?
The German government is currently in talks with Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries as well as third countries to allow people to travel to the local embassies for further processing.
Currently there are no official agreements. As soon as there are any developments this page will be updated.
Who is eligible?
Germany will provide support for German citizens, Afghan citizens who have worked with German government organisations since 2013 (local staff) as well as people who are at extremely high risk and other individuals identified by the German government who were offered to be airlifted before the end of the mission on 26th August.
Who can I contact?
Depending on your nationality, (ex) employer and document status you will fall under a different category. We have listed the categories and the appropriate contacts below.
German citizens in Afghanistan
If you haven’t registered on the portal for German citizens abroad, please do so now on Elefand and after doing so you should urgently also register on afg.diplo.de as the contact details from here will be used for critical and urgent communications by the crisis centre in the foreign office.
German citizens who reach a third country can get consular assistance there – no consular assistance can be given for travel in Afghanistan.
If possibilities arise to transport German citizens then the foreign office will actively contact you if you are registered on the portals above.
In addition German citizens can call the emergency line of the foreign office (030-5000 1000) or email the foreign office (firstname.lastname@example.org) but you should always register on afg.diplo.de
Local staff embassy/consulate staff
Please contact email@example.com with the following:
- If you have a valid passport and visa and plan to travel to a neighbouring country please send an email to notify us where you intend to travel to
- If you have a valid passport and acceptance confirmation (Aufnahmezusage) but no visa send an email with this information and where you intend to travel to and the embassies/consulates in the neighbouring countries can easily issue the relevant documents for your travel to Germany (depending on a security check)
- If you do not have an acceptance confirmation (Aufnahmezusage) and you have worked for the embassy/consulate after 2013 then send an email to apply to be issues an acceptance confirmation. If the application is successful the embassies/consulates in the neighbouring countries can issue the relevant documents for your travel to Germany
Other local staff
Information on who to contact is published on the relevant agencies’ websites.
We are currently collating that information and will be posting it as soon as possible.
Other Afghan nationals who are at risk
Afghan nationals, civilians, members of media, culture and science who have been identified by the German government as at high risk before the end of the military evacuation mission and who were given the offer to be airlifted by the military can now travel to Germany via the neighbouring countries.
The foreign ministry will actively contact you and inform you if you have a acceptance confirmation (Aufnahmezusage). Once you have received that the embassies/consulates in the neighbouring countries can issue the relevant documents for your travel to Germany
Afghan nationals with ongoing family unification applications or valid permits to stay in Germany (eg students)
Afghan nationals with ongoing family unification applications or valid permits to stay in Germany should contact the embassies in the neighbouring countries for support.
Source: German Foreign Ministry