Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Throughout Afghanistan

Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kabul alerts U.S. citizens that extremist organizations have historically planned disruptive activities and attacks targeting celebrations and large gatherings during the annual Nowruz holiday.  U.S. citizens may notice heightened security measures, including traffic disruptions and road closures in Kabul.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed Sunday, March 21, 2021, in honor of the Nowruz holiday.  U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance can reach the American Citizen Services unit using the contact information below.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan is Level 4-Do Not Travel due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, armed conflict, and COVID-19. U.S. citizens already in Afghanistan should consider departing.  If you decide to remain in Afghanistan, carefully consider all travel and limit trips only to those that are absolutely necessary.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid large crowds, gatherings, and demonstrations.
  • Minimize non-essential travel.
  • Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and local security developments.
  • Monitor local media.
  • Review your personal security plans.


American Citizen Services (ACS) Chief / Fraud Prevention Manager

Consular Section | United States Embassy | Kabul, Afghanistan

Officex3269 | US Office: +1 (301) 490-1042 x3269 | AFGH Office: +93 (0)700 11 3269

DSN: 318-449-3020 x3269 | Duty Phonex4950

AFGH Mobile: +93 (0)711 94 5498 | AFGH Duty Phone: +93 (0)700 11 4950

Embassy Schedule: Telework/Remote Operations Sunday to Thursday, Emergency Services only Friday-Saturday

Kabul is currently +8.5 hours ahead of Washington, D.C. (9:00am in WDC is 5:30pm in KBL.)