Last updated: (6/9/2020)
- 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 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? No
- 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.
- The Government of Afghanistan has re-opened its border with Iran, which had been closed briefly to all air and ground transit.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Testing is generally available at designated COVID-19 hospitals, including the Afghan Japan Hospital. Tests are free of charge, however results may take a week or longer. Private facilities, including the City Hospital in Kabul, are generally able to provide same-day results.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- 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
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- The American Citizen Services Section is offering emergency passport services only.
- The Visa Section is currently closed to the public and is unable to provide immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services that require an in-person appearance or interview.
- Ministry of Public Health (English) – https://moph.gov.af/en/all-news
- https://moph.gov.af/dr/all-news – وزارت صحت عامه
- https://moph.gov.af/ps/all-news – د عامې روغتیا وزارت
- What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis
- State.gov – Travel Advisory on COVID-19
- CDC Travel Notice on COVID-19
- CDC Guidance on Self-Quarantine
- CDC Nonpharmaceutical Interventions
- CDC Travelers’ Health Page
- gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- gov: COVID-19: Protecting Air Travelers and the American Public
Traveling to the United States
- Entry restrictions under Presidential Proclamation 9984 do not apply to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents and most immediate family members of U.S. citizens (see proclamation for details).
- The Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak pauses the issuance of several forms of immigrant visas. U.S. Embassy Kabul has suspended all routine immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has deemed Afghanistan to be high-risk for COVID-19 transmission, and advises travelers to stay at home as much as possible for the 14 days after traveling. Please review and follow the respective state, country, and city requirements or recommendations for COVID-19 before traveling.
- Afghan travelers currently in the United States who find themselves unable to depart the United States for reasons related to COVID-19 (including travel restrictions, flight cancellations, and illness) may request an additional 30-day extension to their stay. To request an extension, travelers should contact any Local Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Port of Entry, Deferred Inspection Site, or the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Contact Center. More information can be found here.