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Humanitarian assistance

  • On 13 September, Minister Payne announced that Australia will contribute $100 million in humanitarian assistance to respond to the Afghanistan crisis from 2021 to 2024, with a specific focus on supporting women and girls. This includes:
    • around $45 million from the existing bilateral aid program to meet immediate humanitarian needs in Afghanistan
    • $20 million to support neighbouring countries hosting Afghan refugees, and mitigate possible irregular migration impacts and people smuggling
    • includes $5 million to the UN Refugee Agency Supplementary Appeal, announced on 20 August
    • around $35 million from the bilateral aid program, from 2022 to 2024, to respond to the protracted nature of the crisis, including to provide basic health services, food and shelter.
  • Australia is working with three UN agencies in Afghanistan: the World Food Programme, the Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, and the United Nations Population Fund to deliver humanitarian assistance, while also ensuring compliance with relevant sanctions obligations
    • as required by international law, Australia fully implements in Australian sanctions laws the sanctions regime imposed by the UN Security Council (UNSC) in relation to the Taliban.

Travel information

Embassies and consulates

Australia

  • The Australian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closed on 28 May 2021.  An Interim Mission on Afghanistan (IMA) has been established in Doha, Qatar
    • it is managing Australia’s interests in Afghanistan and helping to deepen our cooperation with partners, many of whom have also established missions to Afghanistan in Qatar
    • passport and consular services are not currently available through the Interim Mission to Afghanistan.
  • Australians in Afghanistan in need of consular assistance should contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on +61 2 6261 3305.
  • Australians, permanent residents, and immediate family members who have made their way out of Afghanistan and require consular assistance should contact the nearest Australian embassy or consulate.

For all visa enquiries, see the Afghanistan page on the Department of Home Affairs website.

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