Foreign workers to receive visa on arrival in Afghanistan
Afghan government is undertaking a new visa provision scheme where foreign workers will receive their visa upon arrival at Kabul International Airport, now renamed as Karzai International Airport after the former Afghan president.
The purpose of the new scheme is to cut red tape to boost investment in the country.
“This will first prevent lengthy bureaucracy, secondly, businessmen and investors of those countries in which Afghanistan does not have a diplomatic mission and consulate will be able to easily receive visa from this office,” said a statement from the Foreign Ministry.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the scheme is particularly aimed at investors in countries where Afghanistan does not have a diplomatic mission.
The new scheme has also extended the validity period of the visa to three years, in contrast to the previous visas which were valid for only six months.
In addition to investors and businesspeople, the new scheme also applies to UN employees and members of other international organizations.
This is a vital stride towards attracting investment, as the nation is struggling to stand on its feet after withdrawal of the foreign forces and decline in foreign aid.
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