Black market for visa sales thrives in Afghanistan

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KABUL, ($1=85.35 Afghan Afghanis) – Most foreign embassies in Afghanistan have ceased operations after the Taliban seized territory in Afghanistan, and the illegal sale of visas to travel abroad is flourishing in the country, learned, according to the Tolo News website.

According to the director of a travel agency in Kabul, Shafi Samim, with whom the channel’s journalists spoke, people buy a visa to Pakistan for $ 350, to Tajikistan – for $ 400, to Uzbekistan – for $ 1350, and a visa to Turkey can cost up to $ 5,000. A Pakistani visa was available for $ 15, to Tajikistan or Uzbekistan – for $ 60, and to Turkey – for $ 120.

At the same time, according to the channel, in the case of the listed countries, it is currently possible to obtain a visa legally only in Pakistan. Recently, however, even if an Afghan has a visa to Pakistan, at the checkpoint he may also be asked to pay for the so-called pass, notes another source with whom the journalists of Tolo news spoke. This “pass” can cost about $ 350-400.

The channel’s sources do not know who and how exactly makes illegal visas for Afghans. It is not specified whether people manage to go abroad using these documents.


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