Possible USG-Arranged Flight from Kabul to the United States

The U.S. Mission in Afghanistan is exploring the possibility of arranging a flight to the United States for U.S. citizens who are unable to remain in Afghanistan for the next 30-90 days.  This notice is to solicit information from U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States.  We do not have a confirmed departure date at this time.  Please read the following information carefully:

  • The flight would originate in Kabul and land at a location in the United States.  No additional details are available at this time.  Any accommodations or onward travel upon arrival in the United States are the responsibility of the traveler.
  • Repatriation flights are not free.  The cost is subject to change but will likely be US $2,000 or more per person.  To be eligible to travel on this flight, passengers will be required to sign a loan agreement and will not be eligible to renew their U.S. passports until the loan is repaid.
  • Due to plane space limitations, U.S. citizen travelers in high-risk categories and with serious medical conditions will be given priority for seats on the flight.
  • At the point of departure from Kabul, health screening may be conducted by Afghan health authorities and any passengers exhibiting a fever or flu-like symptoms may be denied boarding.
  • At the flight’s port of entry in the United States, travelers will be subject to U.S. entry/exit and health requirements.
  • No pets will be allowed on the flight. (This does not include service animals.)
  • Travelers should be prepared for limited baggage availability.

To register for this option to return to the United States, you must complete this Repatriation Assistance Request for each U.S. citizen traveler in your group.  Please do so as soon as possible.  You must complete this form even if you’ve previously submitted your information to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.

Do not call the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for details or updates about the flight.  If we are able to arrange a flight, general information will be provided via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program and we will contact individuals who have confirmed seats with additional information.

Information about current travel restrictions world-wide can be found on the International Air Transport Association website.

Additional Information: 

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.