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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Statement By Secretary Pompeo Regarding Afghanistan’s Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and the American people, I extend my best wishes and warm greetings to the people of Afghanistan as you celebrate the 101st anniversary of your country’s independence.     We honor the resilience and self-determination of the Afghan people, who have embarked on a new phase in their …

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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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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Loya Jirga in Afghanistan

The United States commends the participants of the Loya Jirga to be convened on August 7 to consolidate national support for peace.  We understand that they will decide on the expeditious release of the remaining Taliban prisoners from their list, the last obstacle to the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.  Following the timely release of these prisoners, …

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Statement on July 29, 2020 Visit to Afghanistan by Ambassador Khalilzad

(KABUL, Afghanistan) – U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul on July 29.  He met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, former President Hamid Karzai and other officials. On behalf of the United States, Ambassador Khalilzad wished all Afghans a Happy Eid.  He …

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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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Statement on the Visit to Afghanistan by Ambassador Khalilzad

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul on May 20.  He met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and other officials.  Ambassador Khalilzad congratulated both leaders on reaching an agreement on a new administration following a lengthy period of negotiations. Ambassador Khalilzad discussed …

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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: 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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U.S. Embassy Kabul Statement on the Kabul Process on Peace and Security

The United States welcomes today’s meeting of the “Kabul Process on Peace and Security” convened by the Afghan government. This conference brings together nearly 30 international partners for what we hope will be candid and productive conversations to advance peace, security, and connectivity in Afghanistan and the region. The United States stands resolved with the …

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