Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 18, 2021)

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.