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Comment on Registering in Afghanistan by Pete Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:18:39 +0000 Dear Ministry of Interior,

I saw that the Ministry of Interior was responsible for the Foreign Registration Card. I was wondering what the Ministry was doing about the Foreign Registration Card Kabul Airport Bribes. Almost every time the flight from Dubai comes into Kabul the Foreign Registration Desk is closed, and those coming in for the first time do not even know about the card as its in the corner of the baggage room.

However, every flight flight from Kabul to Dubai the Foreign Registration Desk is open to collect the card, and I always see several people on the flight do not have it. The persons at the Foreign Registration Desk ask for a bribe at that point or go to the Ministry of Interior in Kabul (but at that time your driver is already gone, and you’ve only a few hours till the flight departs, so you’ve very little choice). He will then ask you to follow the luggage carrier to give him the bribe, and then the security guard right before you put the baggage into the last x-ray machine will always ask for a bribe as well.

I always see travelers get asked for $20 or $50 or even $100 dollar bribes and people are forced to pay it otherwise miss their flight. When I’m traveling through the airport next time and I see people in that situation they always ask what they should do? Should they pay or what can they do (their flight is leaving 2 hours, their driver has long since gone, and their baggage is already checked in)? Is there a number they can call at the Ministry to tell the foreign registration desk person and the guard not to bribe them?

It is a problem that is already getting on the news.


The Foreigner Registration card is sometimes required and taken from you when you exit Afghanistan, and a big fine / bribe is in some cases required if you haven’t got it when you fly out, though sometimes arguing that no one was at the desk to issue the Foreigner Registration card will work. The registration card is free. Some people feel it necessary to ‘tip’ everyone at the airport when flying out, but tip one guy for putting your bag through the x-ray scanner and everyone will be on you for their share. A polite ‘no thank you’ usually suffices.

Comment on Osama bin Laden’s Tragic Legacy by Bill Johnson Wed, 26 Dec 2012 14:01:18 +0000 I am unfortunately a devout cynic and your work does not surprise me in the least. The US will never get out of places like Afghanistan as long as the dollars keep flowing and if not there we will find another crummy place to blow tax dollars and our debt in. It is all about the “Benjamins”

Comment on The Taliban Catch-and-Release Scheme by Bob Willman Wed, 16 May 2012 12:13:25 +0000 Why should Afghanistan be any different than the United States. How often do our high-ranking officials or people of means get off or buy themselves out of trouble only to return to their negative ways? (i.e. Ted Kennedy)., Money talks. Perhaps it’s time for the U.S. to exit Afghanistan unless the locals are willing to take a role in their quest for freedom.

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Comment on Koran-burning and the Failure of Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan by Douglas Wissing Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:40:03 +0000 Doug,

This is a thoughtful and interesting post! Look forward to hearing more from you!

Laura S.