Security Message for U.S. Citizens on Three Demonstrations in Kabul

U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan: April 6, 2015

U.S. Embassy Kabul informs U.S. citizens that there are three demonstrations taking place in Kabul City throughout the morning of Monday, April 06, 2015.  The first demonstration is located at Sharee-Now Park at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 06, 2015.  At the first protest, approximately 2000 Shopkeepers and laborers will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the Afghan Government’s new tax policy at Sharee-now Park.   At the second demonstration, the families of 31 kidnapped Hazara people will protest in front of the Serena Hotel  and demand that the government take action to obtain the release of their kidnapped family and friends. At the third demonstration, more than 150 people will gather at Zarnegar Park to protest the death of Farkhunda. The Embassy has received reports indicating that the demonstrations may merge, resulting in significant road congestion.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Afghanistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the U.S. Embassy.

U.S. citizens in Afghanistan should regularly monitor the Travel Advisories on the website of the Embassy of the United States Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information and the Travel Warning for Afghanistan are found. In addition, the Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Traveler’s Checklist ” which includes valuable security information for those traveling or living in foreign countries. You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers outside of the United States and Canada, on a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy 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 0700-108-499 or send an email You can also reach the ACS unit through the Embassy’s switchboard by calling 0700-108-001/002. For after-hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please call the Consular Duty Officer at 0700-10-8001.