• The Bilateral Security Agreement took effect on January 1, 2015. Between then and June 1, 2015, is a transition period for new rules to take effect regarding defense contractors and their employees operating in Afghanistan. During this transition period, current contractors should apply for a business license with the AISA (Afghan Investment Support Agency) in order to sponsor employees after June 1, 2015; current employees should obtain letters of certification regarding their ability to enter/exit Afghanistan. After June 1, 2015, all employees must obtain a multiple-entry visa for Afghanistan.
  • Multiple-entry visas will be valid for one year, and defense contractor employees will no longer need a separate work permit. However, the visa process will include an additional US$200 fee in lieu of payment for a work permit.
  • Defense contractors may continue to submit applications for their employees in groups and do not need to submit individual applications.
  • Contractors and their employees will not be subject to any fines or penalties for not holding the multiple-entry visa during the transition period. Employees currently in Afghanistan can apply for the multiple-entry visa without leaving the country.