Taliban halts in-person passport applications amid crowding, chaos

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban’s Directorate of Passports announced Sunday that it has suspended in-person passport applications due to a lack of necessary facilities, overcrowding of applicants, and regional complaints about the ensuing chaos.

In a statement, the directorate declared that it will now only process passport applications online for patients and individuals in urgent need.

The decision follows recent weeks of intense crowding at the Kabul passport office after the resumption of passport issuance.

Some citizens report seeking to leave the country due to poverty, unemployment, and an uncertain future.