Security Message: Suspension of Operations (August 31, 2021)

Great Seal of the United States

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul suspended operations on August 31, 2021. While the U.S. government has withdrawn its personnel from Kabul, we will continue to assist U.S. citizens and their families in Afghanistan. U.S. citizens seeking assistance should contact the Consular Affairs Afghanistan Call Center at 833-741-2777 or 606-260-4379 or email

The Embassy will continue to provide information via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), the Embassy web pageTravel.State.Gov, and Facebook and Twitter.  Consular services remain available outside Afghanistan.  To locate the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate click here.  When scheduling consular services and visa appointments at an Embassy or Consulate outside of Afghanistan, please ensure you are, or will be, physically present in the county in which you are requesting services.

The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas.  U.S. citizens still in country should:

to receive security updates and ensure you can be located in an emergency.

  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and local security developments at all times.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Notify a trusted person of your travel and movement plans.
  • Make contingency plans to leave when it is safe to do so that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Monitor local media.
  • Please review, “What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.”

Resources for U.S. citizens in Afghanistan:

For information on Special Immigrant Visas see: