Message for U.S. Citizens: Current Status of Passport Applications for Overseas Posts

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of State began limiting its passport operations. Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas.

For U.S. citizens in the United States, we are only able to offer in-person service at domestic passport agencies or centers for customers with a qualified life-or-death emergency and who need a passport for immediate international travel within 72 hours.

If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service overseas, you should expect significant delays receiving your passport and your citizenship evidence documents. Contact American Citizen Services to check on the status of your passport or citizenship document such as a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Please consider waiting to apply until we resume normal operations.

For general information on American Citizen Services in Afghanistan, please go to

In an emergency, we can assist with an emergency passport for an adult or a minor. If you have not received your Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), an emergency passport may be issued by your nearest embassy/consulate.

For emergency passport services for U.S. citizens in Afghanistan, please contact Please include a copy of your passport data page, or if not available, your passport number.

We encourage you to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest updates in Afghanistan, as well as possible evacuation plans.