The Afghan Ministries of Public Health and Interior jointly announced that effective midnight Saturday, March 28, the city of Kabul would be placed on lockdown for 21 days due to spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Afghan authorities indicated residents may only move outside their homes to obtain essential food and medicine; and provide caregiving. Residents should expect severe limitations on movement, gatherings, and for most government institutions to be closed for an extended period of time. According to the government, vehicles carrying more than four passengers, as well as buses, are prohibited from traveling in and out of Kabul. More details will be forthcoming.
Information about current travel restrictions world-wide can be found on the International Air Transport Association website.
Actions to take:
- Review CDC guidance on self-quarantine and personal protective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Develop a plan and determine the resources needed to safely shelter in place for 30-90 days.
- 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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