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Media Visit Information

ISAF transition to Resolute Support mission

 

International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) remains committed to providing media with as many opportunities as possible to engage with our service members in Afghanistan and report on our mission. Unfortunately in the coming months as our force levels change, there will be fewer Coalition supported opportunities to embed with our units. Due to capacity concerns, embeds longer than 24-hours outside Kabul will not be feasible unless specifically requested and approved by the Train, Advise, and Assist Command (TAAC) Commander. Unit commanders will make this final determination on what they can support, but most media we host, now and in the future, should plan on staying in local Kabul lodging and interviewing the unit during a short visit to its location. Additionally if journalists are considering dates to embed, please forward the request to ISAF as soon as possible. It would also be helpful to share with us what you intend to cover and focus on so we can ensure a unit is available to support your story.  

If an embed request is not supportable by ISAF, journalists may seek to embed with Afghan National Army (ANA) units by applying for such opportunities through the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD). If you are interested in embedding with ANSF, you should contact the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) or Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to initiate the embed process with Afghan Security Forces. Both ministries have established procedures to process media visit requests. 

To embed with Afghan units, please contact. 

Afghan Ministry of Defense - http://mod.gov.af/en/page/media-embed-form-for-mod.

Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs - http://mfa.gov.af/en/page/3886/4212


ISAF Media Registration Procedures

Documents needed for first-time registration and renewal:

• Completed Media Embed Request Form
• Completed ISAF Media Registration Form
• Completed ISAF Media Ground Rules and Hold Harmless Agreement
• Copy of your passport/national ID
• Copy of your current press card
Letter of accreditation or intent to publish
• Recent picture of you (within 1 year, passport style)
• Copy of your Afghan journalist visa
• Proof of health insurance


• All media are required to register with the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as per the country's mass media law at its WEBSITE. Please note that this process is separate from and in addition to ISAF credentialing.

All who meet credentialing requirements will receive a letter from the ISAF Media Embed Team confirming or denying their accreditation status. Confirmation letters will be valid for six months from the date of issue. This letter, along with your government issued passport and media organization's press badge, will be presented for entry onto military installations.

Do not visit without making an appointment with that installation's Public Affairs Officers. Attempts to access ISAF facilities without prior coordination with the relevant Public Affairs Office will result in denial of access by security personnel.

Please e-mail all required forms to the ISAF Media Embed Team at:

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Media Travel

ISAF does NOT organize transportation in and out of Afghanistan. Click HERE for a list of international and domestic airlines and hotels to assist in your search for travel and lodging needs while in Afghanistan.

If your embed (or special accommodated status) is approved, you will receive an Invitational Travel Order (ITO), which will allow you to travel on ISAF conveyances to, from and during your embed. Read this document thoroughly.

When available, embedding media will be authorized food, lodging and help with in country travel arrangements. Some locations have short term billeting available for journalists en route to or returning from their embed. Embedding media should plan on commercial lodging if their flights arriving to or departing from Afghanistan do not synchronize with their embed dates. Media with embeds approved for RC-Capital or units based in Kabul are expected to make their own commercial lodging and transportation arrangements within the city.

After Embed Approval

 

Please remember all media are required to have their ISAF Media Badge credentials visible at all times and have a copy of their signed media ground rules on file while embedded.

Click HERE for the recommend packing list before arrival to Afghanistan
Note: Please keep in mind media will be responsible for carrying their own equipment and it is recommended to travel light.


ISAF Contact Information

 

Headquarters ISAF, Public Affairs Office, Kabul, Afghanistan
Duty Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Afghanistan local time

Media Embed Office phone numbers:


  • Within Afghanistan: 0 700 13 22 66
  • From outside Afghanistan: 00 (+) 93 700 13 22 66
  • DSN NIPR: 318-449-5577
  • DSN SIPR: 318-237-2258
  • IS: 786-12-27
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