Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 3, 2021)

Location: Throughout Afghanistan

Event: 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.

Actions to Take:

Make contingency plans to leave.
Check with the airlines regarding any flight cancellations and/or restrictions on flying.
Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
Consult the Afghan Ministry of Health for the latest updates on the health situation in Afghanistan.
Always wear your mask and practice social distancing.

American Citizen Services Unit, U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan, Located at Great Massoud Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul
+93-700-114-000 or +93 -700-108-000 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Afghanistan Country Information
Afghanistan Travel Advisory
Enroll in the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
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