COVID-19 Information

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul suspended operations on August 31, 2021. While the U.S. government has withdrawn its personnel from Kabul, we will continue to assist U.S. citizens and their families in Afghanistan from Doha, Qatar. We will also continue our efforts to help Lawful Permanent Residents, as well as the many Afghans who have stood with us over the years, who are seeking to leave Afghanistan.

Our commitment to the people of Afghanistan is enduring. We will continue to press for an orderly transition of power to an inclusive government with broad support and that respects the rights of all of its citizens, including women and minorities. We will use every diplomatic, economic, political, and assistance tool at our disposal to uphold the basic rights of all Afghans; support continued humanitarian access to the country; and ensure the Taliban honors its commitments.

Last updated:   8/31/21

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

  • 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 3 Travel Health Notice for Afghanistan 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, crime, kidnapping, and armed conflict.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Some commercial air services in and out of Kabul have halted. Please check with your airline directly regarding commercial options for international travelers leaving Afghanistan.

Transportation Options:

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

Consular Operations:

  • The U.S. Embassy suspended operations on August 31, 2021