Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (July 20, 2021)

Location: Kabul

Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports of multiple rocket attacks in downtown Kabul at approximately 8:05 a.m. this morning.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution and seek shelter in the event of additional rocket attacks.

As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan, the Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan.  The security situation in Afghanistan is extremely unstable, and the threat to all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan remains critical. U.S. citizens currently visiting or residing in Afghanistan should consider departing.  The Embassy strongly urges U.S. citizens who decide to remain in Afghanistan to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local media for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance.

Historically violence has increased in Afghanistan around the Eid-ul-Qurban holiday, which this year will fall during the third week of JulyTherefore, U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in places where people are known to congregate, including public celebrations, markets, places of worship, and banks.

In light of heightened insecurity in Afghanistan, the Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan remains Level 4-Do Not Travel due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, armed conflict, and COVID-19.  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.  Strongly consider this option.  If you decide to remain in Afghanistan, carefully consider all travel and limit trips only to those that are absolutely necessary.  Given security conditions and reduced staffing, the Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in Afghanistan is extremely limited.

Actions to Take:

  • Make contingency plans to leave.
  • Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Stay alert in places frequented by foreigners.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • 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.