Security Alert: Emergency Travel Guidance

All routine consular services, including visas and American Citizens Services (ACS) such as passport renewals and notaries, are suspended at Embassy Kabul as of March 15.  This suspension of routine services will continue until further notice.

If you have concerns about your health or safety in Afghanistan, now is the time to leave.  Commercial transportation and infrastructure are intact and operating normally for the time being.  Strongly consider this option.

You should have an action plan that does not depend on the U.S. government.  Please see “What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.”

Additional updates will be sent through the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  If you have colleagues who are not enrolled, please encourage them to visit and enroll today.

Actions to take:

  • Consider leaving Afghanistan via the soonest available commercial transportation.
  • Have a plan of action in case of emergency that does not rely on U.S. government transportation assistance.