Security Alert – Kabul – November 21, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports of two bomb attacks earlier this morning in Kabul City. Additionally, media is reporting that 10 rockets were launched around 8:50 am in Kabul City this morning. There are reports that the rockets landed in the heart of Kabul City in PD1 causing casualties and damage. As a reminder, in accordance …

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Security Alert

Location: Kabul University Event:  There are reports of gunfire at Kabul University. Early reports indicate that multiple people may have been wounded. The local Afghan National Security Defense Forces have responded to the scene. Actions to Take: ·        Avoid the area of Kabul University ·        Notify friends and family of your safety ·        Monitor local media for updates ·        Be aware …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Throughout Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warns U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Afghanistan, including a heightened risk of attacks targeting female government and civilian workers, including teachers, human rights activists, office workers, and government employees. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. …

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COVID-19 Information

Last updated: (6/9/2020) Country-Specific Information: There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan. American citizens with questions related to COVID-19 can contact the Overseas Citizens Services call center at +1 202-501-4444 (overseas) or 1-888-407-4747 (in the U.S. and Canada).  Detailed information can be found at the State Department’s COVID-19 web page at:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html Entry and …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location:  Throughout Afghanistan Event:  Massoud Day will occur on September 8, 2020.  An increase in Afghan Security Forces in Kabul and other major cities is expected.  Large celebratory crowds may gather at Massoud Circle, adjacent to the U.S. Embassy, on Massoud Day.  Celebratory gunfire is likely in major cities.  Historically, groups of vehicles travel across Kabul City discharging small arms fire …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Throughout Afghanistan Event: The Ashura religious holiday will occur on August 29, 2020.  Expect celebrations and rituals to begin on the afternoon of August 29, 2019 and last throughout August 30.  Attacks directed against the Shia community, primarily at mosques, religious shrines, and large gatherings have occurred in the past. Actions to Take: Avoid crowds. Avoid demonstrations …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of Limited Emergency Passport Services

While additional overseas passport options now exist, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to operate at emergency staffing levels, and the current medical and security isolation protocols in place prevent visitors from entering the Embassy compound.  Consular services remain limited to emergency passport applications only. If your current U.S. passport has sufficient validity to depart …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Resumption of Domestic Passport Services

The Department of State has announced that some domestic passport offices in the U.S. will re-open to the public at reduced capacity, effective June 11.  Domestic printing of passports for shipment to overseas posts will also re-start at reduced capacity. While additional overseas passport options now exist, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to operate …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Information on Qatar Airways June and July Flights

Qatar Airways has announced additional seats available for purchase on their June 20 and June 27 flights from Kabul, and two additional flights scheduled for July 4 and 7. One-stop connections to Chicago (ORD) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) are available on Qatar, and additional connections to U.S. cities may be possible on the same ticket …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Qatar Airways Information for May and June Flights

Qatar Airways has informed us that their May 23 flight from Kabul has sold out. Qatar has added additional commercial flights from Kabul (KBL) on May 30, June 6 and June 13, all with connections to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) through Doha. We encourage all U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPR/“green card” holders) who wish …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Additional Qatar Airways Flight from Kabul to Chicago on May 23, 2020

Qatar Airways has scheduled additional ad-hoc commercial flights from Kabul (KBL), connecting through Doha to Chicago O’Hare (ORD). The next flight is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2020. Please go to https://www.qatarairways.com/en/offers/we-will-get-you-home.html (Discount Code: TRAVELHOME) to purchase your ticket. This is a commercial flight offered by Qatar Airways.  It is not a U.S. government charter flight. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways Flight from Kabul on May 16, 2020

The U.S. Embassy has been informed that Qatar Airways is offering an unscheduled commercial flight from Kabul to Doha, Qatar on Saturday, May 16, 2020, with connecting flights available to Chicago (ORD).  This flight is offered directly by the airline.  It is not a U.S. government charter flight.  Tickets are first come-first served, and you …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Current Status of Passport Applications for Overseas Posts

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of State began limiting its passport operations. Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas. For U.S. citizens in the United States, we are only able to offer in-person …

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Possible USG-Arranged Flight from Kabul to the United States

The U.S. Mission in Afghanistan is exploring the possibility of arranging a flight to the United States for U.S. citizens who are unable to remain in Afghanistan for the next 30-90 days.  This notice is to solicit information from U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States.  We do not have a confirmed …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Update (March 29, 2020)

Turkey has suspended all international flights and strictly limited domestic travel.  As a result, KAM Air has stopped flights to Istanbul.  There are currently no commercial options for travelers leaving Kabul. Information about current travel restrictions world-wide can be found on the  International Air Transport Association website . Additional Information: https://af.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html Actions to take: Review CDC guidance on self-quarantine and personal …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Movement Restrictions in Kabul (March 27, 2020)

The Afghan Ministries of Public Health and Interior jointly announced that effective midnight Saturday, March 28, the city of Kabul would be placed on lockdown for 21 days due to spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  Afghan authorities indicated residents may only move outside their homes to obtain essential food and medicine; and provide caregiving.  Residents …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Reduced Commercial Flights (March 24, 2020)

There are very few commercial flight options remaining in Afghanistan. We urge all U.S. citizens to utilize the existing commercial flights and depart Afghanistan immediately.  Flight information is changing hourly; please contact the airlines or your travel agent directly for the most current information. Information about current travel restrictions world-wide can be found on the  International Air Transport Association website

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  …

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Message to U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 19, 2020)

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide medical care or medical evacuation for U.S. citizens.  The window to leave Afghanistan on commercial airlines is closing.  We urge all U.S. citizens to consider taking advantage of existing commercial flights and depart Afghanistan immediately. Additional updates will be sent through the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  If you have …

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Security Alert: Emergency Travel Guidance

All routine consular services, including visas and American Citizens Services (ACS) such as passport renewals and notaries, are suspended at Embassy Kabul as of March 15.  This suspension of routine services will continue until further notice. If you have concerns about your health or safety in Afghanistan, now is the time to leave.  Commercial transportation …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure March 15-28

March 12, 2020 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for all routine services from March 15-28, 2020. U.S. citizens who held passport, notary or other appointments during this time will be contacted separately to reschedule. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the Embassy at 0700-114-000 or 700-108-000 (after hours). Additional …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 4, 2020)

The U.S. Embassy reminds you that the risk of terrorist attacks, kidnapping, criminal violence, and civil unrest remains high in Kabul, Afghanistan’s provinces, and the roadways connecting them.  Hotels, residential compounds, international organizations, embassies, and other locations frequented by foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, are known to be under enduring threat.  Avoid becoming a target of opportunity.  Carefully …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

As the year-end holidays approach, the Embassy warns U.S. citizens that the risk of terrorist attacks remains high. Terrorist groups continue to seek western targets, including places where foreign nationals live, work, gather, and the routes connecting those places. We encourage you to carefully consider all travel and limit trips only to those necessary. The …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  The Embassy has learned that terrorist groups and individuals are seeking to increase attacks on Americans and others living or working in Kabul’s International Zone. We encourage you to consider carefully all potential travel and limit trips only to those necessary. We expect terrorists will continue to target political rallies, speeches, and …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Massoud Day and the Ashura religious holiday will occur on September 9, 2019.  An increase in Afghan Security Forces in Kabul and other major cities is expected.  Large celebratory crowds may gather at Massoud Circle, adjacent to the U.S. Embassy, on Massoud Day.  Celebratory gunfire is likely in major cities.  Historically, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Hotels, residential compounds, international organizations, embassies, and other locations frequented by foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, are known to be under enduring threat.  These sites have been attacked repeatedly and without warning.  You should be vigilant and exercise caution when visiting places where foreigners in Afghanistan gather or reside.  You should avoid crowds, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Continuing threats exist against hotels, residential compounds, international organizations, embassies, and other locations frequented by foreign nationals including U.S. citizens in Kabul.  These sites have been attacked repeatedly, without warning, and you should be vigilant and exercise caution when visiting places where foreigners in Afghanistan gather or reside. Actions to Take: Consult …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

July 18, 2019 Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Continuing threats exist against hotels, residential compounds, international organizations, embassies, and other locations frequented by foreign nationals including U.S. citizens in Kabul.  These sites have been attacked repeatedly, without warning, and you should be vigilant and exercise caution when visiting places where foreigners in Afghanistan gather or reside. Actions …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (July 3, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: As of June 2019, militants plan to use vehicle borne improvised explosive devices to attack private U.S. contractors located at Afghan police, military, or other government buildings in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  Private U.S. citizens may also be targeted.  Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a fully charged communication device. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 29, 2019) Location: Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan Event: As of early June 2019, militants plan to kidnap and murder United States citizens in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province, Afghanistan.  The militants intend to kidnap the United States citizens from their homes in Mazar-e-Sharif.   Actions to Take: Consider departing Afghanistan Keep …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: Political protesters have started gathering at the Ghazi Stadium, just east and south of the International Zone.  The Embassy expects thousands of protesters to attend, resulting in traffic disruptions and increased security in the area. Terrorists and extremist organizations frequently exploit the presence of crowds to attack civilians, often striking without …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 19, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens that insurgent and terrorist groups and criminal organizations continue to target U.S. citizens and foreigners for kidnapping and hostage taking, including Western diplomats, doctors and other medical professionals, engineers, teachers, aid and development workers, government employees, journalists, and visitors. In addition, these groups may …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 10, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  The U.S. Embassy has received ongoing reports that terrorists continue to plan attacks against non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other entities in Kabul, Afghanistan that are suspected to have an affiliation with the U.S. government, USAID, or other foreign governments. As highlighted in previous messages, terrorists conduct attacks using vehicle-borne, magnetic, or other …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 5, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  The U.S. Embassy has received reports that terrorists continue to plan attacks of varying complexity against targets in Afghanistan where foreign citizens and diplomats may gather or stay, including hotels, housing compounds, and Afghan, U.S., other foreign government, and Non-Governmental Organization offices and facilities. Actions to Take: Consult with security providers at …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  During the upcoming period, U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in places where people are known to congregate, including public celebrations, markets, places of worship, and banks.  Terrorist and other groups continue to target foreigners for kidnapping and attacks at locations such as hotels, residential compounds, security checkpoints, government facilities, and …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (May 22, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Due to political developments, increased security restrictions may cause traffic disruptions over the next several days.  There may also be an increased likelihood of protests during the upcoming period.  In addition, the U.S. Embassy has received reports that militants continue to plan attacks of varying complexity against targets in Kabul where foreign …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of mid-May 2019, the U.S. Embassy has received reports that militants continue to plan attacks of varying complexity against targets in Kabul where foreign citizens, foreign diplomats, and Afghan government officials may gather or stay, including hotels, housing compounds, and Afghan, U.S., and other foreign government offices and facilities. Actions to …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Despite the increased police presence, U.S. citizens should continue to exercise caution while traveling in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan.  Public buildings, government buildings, airports, schools, hospitals, hotels, and public gatherings all have been targets of terrorist attacks in the past year.  Attacks can occur at any time without warning.  Remain vigilant and …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 18, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of mid-March 2019, the U.S. Embassy has received increased reports regarding possible attacks coinciding with the Afghan New Year holiday that will be observed on March 21. Militants continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including Afghan, U.S., and other foreign government offices and facilities.  Additionally, insurgents …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 4, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Kidnapping Threats against U.S. Citizens As of March 2019, there is credible evidence that U.S. citizens continue to be priority kidnapping targets for violent extremist organizations and criminal kidnap for ransom gangs. In particular, American citizens in the western police districts of Kabul City may be specifically targeted.  This includes American citizens working …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: Due to restrictions on air travel in the region, flights to and from Kabul may be delayed or canceled. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul recommends that travelers check with their airlines to confirm the status of their flights. This situation may last several days or longer. As a reminder, in accordance …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of late January 2019, militants continue to plan attacks against airports throughout Afghanistan, including Jalalabad Airfield. Over the past five years, insurgents have targeted a variety of places, including educational institutions, private housing compounds, commercial lodging establishments, commercial retail establishments, foreign government facilities, and host government facilities. Actions to Take: Consult …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of late January 2019, militants continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including universities and Afghan, U.S., and other government offices and facilities. Additionally, over the past five years, insurgents have targeted places including the American University of Afghanistan, multiple schools, the Green Village, multiple hotels, and …

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Jan 23, 2019 Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstration Alert

U.S. Embassy Kabul Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstration Alert January 23, 2019 Location: Approximately one mile south of Pul-e-Mahmood Khan Circle in Kabul City. Event: An ongoing demonstration is taking place in Kabul City approximately one mile south of Pul-e Mahmood Khan Circle.  The protestors are demonstrating against rent increases.  Afghan National Security Forces are providing …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats to U.S. Citizens in Afghanistan

As of early December 2018, there are reports that militants plan to conduct attacks using suicide bombings and a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) against hotels, compounds, international organizations, universities, airports, and other locations frequented by U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals.  There are also current, credible kidnapping and assassination plans by criminal and insurgent …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of early November 2018, there are reports that militants plan to conduct attacks using suicide attackers and/or vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) against hotels, compounds, and lodging camps which house foreign workers in Kabul. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that over the past five years, Park Star, Green Village, the Baron Hotel, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that the security environment in Afghanistan is unsafe. The Travel Advisory for Afghanistan< https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/afghanistan-advisory.html > lists many different types of threats, but that list is not exhaustive. U.S. citizens should be aware that extremists and terrorists have used other types of attacks, including insurgents …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (October 11, 2018) Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Afghanistan is scheduled to conduct Parliamentary elections on October 20.  While the government is making preparations to provide security at polling places and in major urban centers during the elections, on election day and in the period before and after, large demonstrations or gatherings …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (July 13, 2018) Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens that insurgent groups and criminal organizations continue to target U.S. citizens and foreigners for kidnapping and hostage taking, including doctors and other medical professionals, engineers, teachers, aid and development workers, government employees, …

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Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: In light of the upcoming Eid holiday, U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in places where people are known to congregate, including public celebrations, markets, places of worship, and banks. The U.S. government remains concerned that insurgents are intent on targeting foreigners via kidnapping schemes and attacks at locations such …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (May 2, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Extremist groups continue to consider attacks against hotels in Kabul, particularly locations where foreigners are known to reside such as the Kabul Serena Hotel.  These groups may also be targeting places where civilians are known to congregate, including banks, markets, and public gatherings. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile Be aware …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (April 10, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) and its surrounding areas. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. Notify a trusted person of …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 28, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against hotels, guesthouses, and residential compounds housing foreigners.  These groups may also target public gatherings, demonstrations, and other locations where foreigners are known to congregate. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul alerts U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against a variety of civilian targets, including Afghan government facilities, government ceremonies and events, and transportation carrying government employees. Civilians in the vicinity of such targets are vulnerable to harm. Kidnapping or targeting of foreigners remains …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul alerts U.S. citizens that extremist organizations have historically planned disruptive activities and attacks targeting celebrations and large gatherings during the annual Nowruz holiday.  U.S. citizens may notice heightened security measures, including traffic disruptions and road closures in Kabul. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (February 26, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens of possible heightened security measures, traffic disruptions, and road closures in Kabul from Tuesday, February 27 through Thursday, March 1 due to the Kabul Process Conference. This may include roads leading to the airport and the International Zone. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: President’s Day Holiday Closure

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in honor of the U.S. President’s Day national holiday. The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Monday, February 19, 2018. In accordance with the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan , the Department of State continues to warn U.S. …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens that insurgent groups and criminal organizations continue to target foreigners for kidnapping and hostage taking, including doctors and other medical professionals, teachers, aid workers, journalists, and visitors. Actions to Take: Avoid areas where Westerners are known to congregate Keep a low profile Be …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (February 1, 2018)

Location: We received reports of possible demonstrations in various parts of Kabul.  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas: Shar-e-Naw Park to Saraye-Shamali Circle Shar-e-Naw Park to Baraki Circle Shar-e-Naw Park to Kote-Sangi Circle Shar-e-Naw Park to Shirpoor Circle   Event:  Demonstrations are expected to take place on February 1, …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: We are aware of reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul, such as the Hotel Baron near Hamid Karzai International Airport. These groups may also be targeting public gatherings/demonstrations, government facilities, transportation, markets, and places where foreigners are known to congregate. Actions to Take: · …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Martin Luther King Holiday Closure

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed on Sunday, January 14, 2018, in honor of the U.S. Martin Luther King national holiday.  The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Monday, January 15, 2018. In accordance with the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan , the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 4, 2018 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kabul

U.S. Embassy Kabul Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kabul December 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has received information that on Friday, December 8, 2017, marches and demonstrations may take place around Kabul and could move in the direction of the International Zone.  Crowds may begin mobilizing after morning prayers and these gatherings could …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Enhanced Security Awareness

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review your …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizens Traveling to Turkey

Effective October 8, the Government of Turkey suspended visa services to U.S. citizens, to include the issuance of physical “sticker” visas at the Turkish Embassy and Consulates in the United States and the online Turkish electronic visa (otherwise known as an e-visa).  At the present time, U.S. citizens are no longer permitted to apply for …

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Message of U.S. Citizens Travel To Turkey

U.S. Embassy Kabul Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizens Traveling to Turkey October 12, 2017   Effective October 8, the Government of Turkey suspended visa services to U.S. citizens, to include the issuance of physical “sticker” visas at the Turkish Embassy and Consulates in the United States and the online Turkish electronic visa (otherwise known …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Closure and Possible Traffic Disruptions

This security message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens of possible traffic disruptions and road closures in Kabul on Wednesday, October 4 and/or Thursday, October 5, possibly including roads leading to the airport and the International Zone.  U.S. citizens may also notice heightened security measures around the city and are advised to avoid central Kabul …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Kabul Airport Attack September 27, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports of an indirect fire attack against Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, starting at approximately 11:00 a.m. local time.  The attack may still be ongoing.  Authorities report that the airport is closed at this time.  The Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to avoid the area, until authorities have …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security During Upcoming Holidays

As the Afghan observance of Eid-ul-Qurban over the weekend, Martyrs’ Day on September 9, 2017, and the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approach, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for caution and vigilance regarding your personal security. Demonstrations and additional local security related to public ceremonies could …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Reports of Gunfire and Explosion Northwest of Embassy Compound

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports of ongoing gunfire and an explosion northwest of the U.S. Embassy compound at the Afghan National Army (ANA) Hospital, known as Wazir Akbar Khan (WAK) Hospital or “Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan Hospital” at approximately 09:05AM.  Initial reports of this being a NDS Hospital are incorrect.  Embassy personnel …

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