Last updated: (1/24/2021)
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.
COVID-19 Testing Waivers for Travel to U.S.
Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy Kabul at KabulACS@state.gov and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.
The following information must be provided for each passenger:
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
- 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
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Afghanistan? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- Testing is available at the following laboratories in Kabul. The price is approximately $60-100 USD and results are provided in English:
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Afghanistan approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- 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.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
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
- U.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.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- 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 services and limited passport and Consular Support of Birth Abroad (CRBA) services.
- The Visa Section is rescheduling immigrant visa applicants who had their interviews cancelled due to the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section halting in-person appearances because of COVID. The vis section is unable to provide 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