Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Kabul

The U.S. Embassy has received information that on Friday, December 15, 2017, a demonstration may occur in Kabul beginning in the Bagrami area of Police District 12 and moving towards the Id Gah mosque in Police District 1. U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility of future demonstrations in Kabul and other cities around Afghanistan, which may occur with little or no notice. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence without warning. U.S. citizens should exercise caution and avoid areas of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Remain alert to local security developments by monitoring local media and plan your activities accordingly.

In accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan, the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical. U.S. citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan may wish to consider departing.

For further information:

· See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning for Afghanistan, Travel Alerts, and Afghanistan Country Specific Information.

· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

· Contact the U.S. Embassy, which is located in Kabul at Great Massoud Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health. To reach the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the Consular Section during business hours, please call 0700-114-000 or send an email to KabulACS@state.gov. You can also reach the ACS unit through the Embassy’s switchboard by calling 0700-108-000. For after-hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please call the Consular Duty Officer at 0700-108-000.

· Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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