As at 17.09.2021 Important information for Afghan local employees working for German development cooperation

Since 16 August we have been able, in extremely dangerous conditions, to fly more than 5,300 people out of Kabul to safety. This figure includes over 530 German nationals and roughly 4,400 Afghan nationals, of whom almost 50 per cent are Afghan women.

The end of the military airlift does not however mark the end of our comprehensive efforts. These will continue. The German Government will keep on working to enable those people in Afghanistan for whom we bear particular responsibility to leave the country safely.

  • To this end we are, on the one hand, conducting talks on the future civilian operation of Kabul airport with the aim of ensuring that people can be evacuated on civilian flights at a later date.
  • On the other hand, we are getting things into place so that evacuees who manage to cross the land borders into countries neighbouring Afghanistan are able to continue their journeys to Germany quickly and simply.
  • The German Embassies in the neighbouring countries will issue entry documents quickly and simply to former local employees and other endangered persons who have been granted approval for admission. The missions will be given extra resources for this.

Whether it is worth risking the journey by land to the border is something you must decide for yourself depending on your individual circumstances.

For questions about procedures relating to local employees working for German development cooperation:

Note for former GIZ local staff: Please direct personal enquiries under the Federal Government's local staff procedure to okv-afghanistan@giz.de (External link), general and non-personal enquiries to afghanistan-info@giz.de (External link).

We will inform Afghan local employees working for German development cooperation in a separate communication.

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