COVID-19 Information

Last updated:   [6/16/2021]

Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information

  • U.S. Embassy Kabul issued a Health Alert regarding Covid-19 on June 3, 2021. New cases and deaths from COVID-19 have risen sharply throughout Afghanistan. Hospitals are reporting shortages of supplies, oxygen, and beds for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related patients. U.S. citizens have reported being denied admittance to hospitals due to lack of space.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice and the Department of State has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory advising against all travel to Kabul due COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict. Commercial flight options from Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) remain available and the U.S. Embassy strongly suggests that U.S. citizens make plans to leave Afghanistan as soon as possible. Given the security conditions and reduced staffing, the Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in Afghanistan is extremely limited.
  • There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan. National airports are open.  The Ministry of Public Health requires a negative PCR test, conducted within 96 hours of travel, for all incoming passengers.
  • 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

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Afghanistan approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Afghanistan for U.S. citizens to receive? No
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • COVID-19 Vaccines are not yet available in Afghanistan. Please check with the Ministry of Public Health for updates on vaccine availability.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin the United States.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes, with a valid visa.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?
    • A negative COVID-19 PCR test, conducted within 96 hours of travel, is required for entry.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No
  • S. citizens seeking a visa extension should contact the Passport Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior.
  • Some commercial air services in and out of Kabul have halted due to COVID-19. Please check with your airline directly regarding commercial options for international travelers leaving Afghanistan.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    • Please check with your airline directly regarding commercial options for international travelers leaving Afghanistan
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Consular Operations:

  • The American Citizen Services Section is offering emergency services and limited passport and Consular Support of Birth Abroad (CRBA) services.
  • In response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, effective June 13 the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan is suspending all visa interviews. Visa applicants will be contacted directly to reschedule their appointments as soon as visa interviews resume. Applicants do not need to contact the Embassy to reschedule and should not come to the Embassy. We acknowledge the inconvenience on applicants, but the health and safety of visa applicants and the Embassy staff is our priority.

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