Contacting your MP
MPs’ offices are receiving a large number of requests for assistance from constituents with relatives, friends and colleagues stranded in Afghanistan. Please contact only your own MP. If you copy in other MPs, you will hinder their ability to help their constituents.
In order to help your MP to assist you in the most efficient way, please give them as much information as you possibly can.
About you, the constituent:
- Full name (not just initials)
- Full postal address
- email address
- telephone number
- If you are not a British national and are in the UK on a visa, please provide your Home Office reference number.
- If you are not a British national, have you ever worked for the UK Government, UK Armed Forces or British organisations in Afghanistan?
About the people you are trying to help:
Please supply as much information about each individual in Afghanistan as you possibly can:
- Full name
- Date of Birth
- Relationship to constituent
- Passport / travel document / identity card number
- Individual(s)’ contact details
- If they are not a British Citizen:
- Home Office reference number
- Have they already obtained a visa?
- Do they have a visa application pending (if so, please provide the reference)
- Have they ever worked for the UK Government, UK Armed Forces or British organisations in Afghanistan? If so, please give details, e.g.
- Working for the UK or Consular services
- Journalist or worked with British News Agencies
- Current of former Chevening scholar
- Member of civil society group for women’s rights
- Afghan Government Official or Judiciary
- Official working in Counter-terrorism and counter narcotics
- Employee of a charity, humanitarian organisation or NGO
Your MP will log your case and give you a reference number. Please make sure that you use this reference number in all of your future correspondence with them as it will help them to find your case more quickly.
Who is my Member of Parliament?
You can find details of your MP here: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP and you can use https://www.writetothem.com/ to contact them by email.
Other useful contacts
Commons Library Briefing Paper
Afghanistan 2021: Key resources for UK nationals and Afghans
This page summarises the schemes in place to assist British nationals and others remaining in Afghanistan. It also signposts key resources and helplines.
Support for British and non-British nationals in Afghanistan
Information from the UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-british-and-non-british-nationals-in-afghanistan
Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy
24 hour helpline for constituents: firstname.lastname@example.org
For people who are currently in Afghanistan, they should call the British Embassy Kabul on +93 (0) 700 102 000 or +44 (0)1908 516666 and select the option “Consular services for British nationals” as soon as possible.
Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme
Information for non-British Nationals in Afghanistan, or family members of a non-British National in Afghanistan
If you are a non-British National in Afghanistan, or are the family member of a non-British National in Afghanistan, and in need of assistance, you should call +44 (0)2475 389980. This number is currently staffed from 09:00 to 23:00, but will become 24 hour on Monday 23 August 2021.
New number for people in the ARAP scheme to call: +93 (0) 79 290 7303
This is an Afghan mobile number but is operated by the MOD’s ARAP call centre 24/7 from London for ARAP applicants (not MPs, advocates etc).
Applicants are told to message (not ring) & the team then ring them back.
Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office Information
Online form for UK nationals left in Afghanistan to register their presence: https://www.register-afghanistan.service.csd.fcdo.gov.uk/afghanistan-20210828/confirm-your-presence-in-afghanistan-to-fcdo
FCDO Travel Advice on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fcdotravelgovuk
Travel advice from the FCDO https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/afghanistan
British Embassy in Afghanistan: https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-embassy-kabul
The British Embassy in Afghanistan Twitter Feed is no longer active. Please see https://twitter.com/UK4Afghanistan instead.
Home Office Twitter: https://twitter.com/ukhomeoffice/
Information for Citizens of Other Nations
Please see this tweet from Maisie McCormack https://twitter.com/tweetsbymaisie/status/1427697988223254540 which contains contact information for the authorities in numerous countries around the world.
UNHCR website with links to different countries evacuation/support schemes and info on what refugees in third countries should do: https://help.unhcr.org/
Online safety resources for Afghanistan’s human rights defenders
ARAP, resettlement and family reunion – Factsheets for Afghan citizens seeking asylum in UK
Factsheets from Garden Court Chambers