Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure for Eid al-Fitr and Security Reminder

U.S. Embassy Kabul

June 22, 2017

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine services during the three days of Eid al-Fitr, which will likely start on Sunday, June 25, or Monday, June 26. Emergency and urgent American citizen services will be continue to be available.

With the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the need to continue to exercise caution during this time of celebration. City markets and plazas are busy now and will remain so throughout the holiday. Traffic congestion is expected across major cities. There is the potential for fireworks and celebratory gunfire, especially on the eve of the holiday. Armed elements may seek to exploit holiday crowds to carry out attacks. Afghan police have already boosted their readiness, and travelers can expect additional security during the holiday period.

In accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan, the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul urges all U.S. citizens in Afghanistan to review your personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety, remain aware of your surroundings, monitor local news for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warning for Afghanistan, Travel Alerts, and Afghanistan Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy, which is located at Great Massoud Road between Radio Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul. To reach the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit of the Consular Section during business hours please call 070-011-4000 or send an email to KabulACS@state.gov. For after-hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please call the Consular Duty Officer at 070-011-4000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).